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A breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy Trilogy, brimming with treachery, heartache, tenderness, and passion as the English queen confronts ambitious and traitorous councilors, invading armies and the Danish king’s power-hungry concubine.

©2020 Patricia Bracewell (P)2021 Bellastoria Press

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fantastic story about Queen Emma

All three novels were a great read. I love the author's notes on how she crafted the story. Even though it's fiction, I really believe this is the closest to the truth about Emma and herreign as England's Queen in the 11th century.

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Liked it but never really got to know Emma

As with the previous books in this series, this is a good effort at telling the story of Emma of Normandy. It was more vivid than a history. But somehow, we never quite really get inside Emma's skin or feel the realities of life in the 11th century.

I did appreciate the author's note at the end, explaining how she went about reconciling the logical discrepancies among the few historical references to Emma.

I'm glad I bought the series and listened to it. I knew very little about this era of English history, other than the names in the history books. but it won't go down as one of my all time favorites.