Emma of Normandy

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 545 ratings

Shadow on the Crown Publisher's Summary

A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen...

In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.

Determined to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life.

Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces listeners to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern listeners.

©2013 Patricia Bracewell (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • Shadow on the Crown

    • A Novel
    • By: Patricia Bracewell
    • Narrated by: Katie Firth
    • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 348

    In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating and intriguing.

    • By Michael on 02-22-13

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 2

    • The Price of Blood

    • Emma of Normandy, Book 2
    • By: Patricia Bracewell
    • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
    • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 168
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156

    Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England's King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage. In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother's ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, bad narration

    • By Kathy Fiscus on 04-05-15

    Regular price: $31.49