A Hollow Crown
the Story of Emma, Queen of Saxon England
By (author) Helen Hollick
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Hollow Crown by Helen Hollick
Book DescriptionAged only thirteen, Emma, daughter of the Duke of Normandy, is married in a strategic alliance to King Aethelred of England. Inept and arrogant, Aethelred the Unready is loathed by his young wife, whom he punishes for his many failings as a ruler. Their first son, Edward, is born through an act of violence that is little more than rape. England is invaded by the Viking King Swein Forkbeard and his son Cnut. After a bitter struggle, Aethelred loses his kingdom and his wife. Emma, now dowager queen, holds London against the invader Cnut. When he demands she surrender or suffer the consequences, Emma stakes everything on a dangerous gamble, but troubles and tragedy still await the indomitable queen as she struggles for power and for survival in a violent male world...This fascinating historical novel reveals the truth behind the woman who played a key role in the power shift from Saxon to Norman, at a pivotal point in world history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099272342
(198mm x 130mm x 55mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Helen Hollick
Forever Queen, Paperback / softback (November 2010)
What kind of woman becomes the wife of two kings, and the mother of two more?
Shadow of the King, Paperback / softback (March 2010)
At long last, the peace King Arthur was born to usher in has settled over the realm. But Arthur was also born to be a warrior... and all true warriors are restless without a fight.
Kingmaking, Paperback / softback (March 2009)
An exciting new talent delivers a gripping and imaginative retelling of the classic story of King Arthur. In this first installment, Arthur and Gwenhwyfar become pawns in a political triangle and Arthur is forced to choose between his kingship and the woman he loves.
Pendragon's Banner, Paperback / softback» View all books by Helen Hollick
Who was the man who became the legend we know as KING ARTHUR?
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Author Biography - Helen Hollick
Helen Hollick is the author of a trilogy of novels about Arthurian Britain: The Kingmaking, Pendragon's Banner and Shadow of the King, as well as Harold the King. She lives in London.
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