About:(From Sourcebooks)One of historical fiction's most talented authors tells one of the most unique and riveting stories of medieval England. Emma of Normandy was anointed, crowned, and the reigning queen to two different kings, the mother of two more, and the great aunt of William the Conqueror. Little has been written of this great woman and her tumultuous life, until now.....
Why I wanted to read this book:
- I am a huge fan of historical fiction and truly enjoy this genre. What really drew me to this story was that I had never heard of Queen Emma and I wanted to learn more about her life.
- The descriptions! Wow..I felt like I was there in medieval England. Hollick has a magical way with her words which really brought the story to life for me.
- Emma- She is an amazing woman and I'm truly astounded that more books have not been written about her. This woman was given in marriage when she was only thirteen years old. Could you imagine that??? Seriously! Her first husband was such a horrible man and she managed to live through his reign. She had to grow up overnight and learn to trust her instincts. I liked how she often reflected on advice from her mother and when she became a mother herself, understood why she experienced such a distant relationship with her own. For a queen it never was a good thing to become too attached to your children.
- I enjoyed how the author broke the book up into smaller books with each husband/son's reign. Hollick really laid the groundwork so that the reader could get a very personal look into Emma's world and how she continued to keep the crown.
- I became very attached to Emma and her friend Godwine. I couldn't imagine being in her shoes with all of the political intrigue, back stabbers, rumors whirling about you without at least one trusted friend.
- I found myself romanticizing her marriage with Cnut and I sincerely hope that they did experience a love affair. So often I think of royalty marriages as being made for alliances only, with no consideration of love for either person. To think they may have been soul mates makes my heart feel good.
- The first book which explores Emma's life being married to AEthelred was a bit tedious. There's so much information to get through, but trust me the book picks up in Part two...so don't give up!!
- The family tree in the front was very confusing!! I study these as if my life depends on it and it still takes forever for it all to sink in. Plus, their names are a pain in the tush because more than one person has the same name!!
- I would recommend that you read some online biographies of Emma. I went online while I was reading this because I was having a hard time keeping everyone straight. This particular biography helped me quite a bit.
My Rating: 4/5
Thank you to Danielle @ Sourcebooks for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.
About the author: Helen Hollick is the author of The Pendragon's Banner Series, The Forever Queen, and the Spring 2011 release, The Man Who Lost England. She lives in London, England with her husband, daughter, and a variety of pets. She has two major interests: Roman/Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy (the early eighteenth century.) Her particular pleasure is researching the facts behind the small glimpses of history and bringing the characters behind those facts to full and glorious life. She has an Honors Diploma in Early Medieval History and is the co-scriptwriter for the move project 1066. For more information, please visit Helen Hollick.
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