Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
About 50 pages too long for me, but an enjoyable read about Emma of Normandy. Who is that, you may ask? As I did? She's the queen of King Aethelred of England, back in 1002. Not much is known about her early life, so this fictional novel tries to complete the gaps.
Once again, I'm glad I wasn't female back then. Lots of rape and power-hungry men, and women who have to stoop to poison and sex to get what they want. Ugh. This is the first book of a trilogy.
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