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About the book

In the year 1002 A.D., 15-year-old Emma, the daughter of a powerful Norman Duke, crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older Æthelred, King of England. The marriage is part of an alliance forged to keep the Danish king, Swein Forkbeard, from raiding the defenseless English shore villages. But Emma finds herself at once Queen of England and trapped in a loveless marriage.

Alone in England, Emma—clever and adventurous—is a virtual prisoner, friendless and widely distrusted by her new court. Prime amongst her enemies is Lady Elgiva, the ravishing daughter of Ælfhelm, ealdorman of Northumbria and chief among his king’s supporters. Elgiva, prophesied to one day be queen, will stop at nothing to see her rival dethroned. At the same time, Emma finds herself harboring a dangerous secret: a growing affection for a man who is not her husband.

About the author

Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She has always been fascinated by English history and holds an MA in English literature. Her historical research has taken her to Britain, France and Denmark. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in Oakland, California.

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