Queen Emma: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th-Century England

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 8, 2006 - History - 288 pages
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"A lively account of the harsh realities of war and politics in this era, the vagaries of political marriage and the thin line between invaders and settlers."—Publishers Weekly

Emma, one of England's most remarkable queens, made her mark on a nation beset by Viking raiders at the end of the Dark Ages. At the center of a triangle of Anglo Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all jostling for control of England, Emma was a political pawn who became an unscrupulous manipulator. Regarded by her contemporaries as a generous Christian patron, an admired regent, and a Machiavellian mother, Emma was, above all, a survivor: hers was a life marked by dramatic reversals of fortune, all of which she overcame.

 

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Queen Emma was the wife and consort of two successive kings of England, Aethelred (978-1016) and Cnut (1016-1035), and the mother of both Harthacnut, King of Denmark (1035-1042) and England (1040 ... Read full review

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I gave this book a 1-star rating as a student of history, not a general reader who happened to pick up this book. I was writing a term paper on Norman and Anglo relations so I figured by the title this book would be immensely helpful. This book is written by -journalist- who decided to dabble in some history. Dabbling is fine, everyone should dabble in history! But the style of writing is annoying to me, it's nearly pure fluff. You have to read between her "journalist" lines to decipher any history. 

Contents

Prologue
1
Chapter One Normandy
11
Chapter Two England
23
Chapter Three Murder and Massacre
42
Chapter Four Revenge
58
Chapter Five Defeat
78
ChaPter Six Captive Bride
97
Chapter Seven Partner
112
Chapter Ten Letters
163
Chapter Eleven Fall and Rise
175
Chapter Twelve The Book
191
Chapter Thirteen Disgrace
205
Epilogue
221
Chronology
231
Select Bibliography
247
Index
257

Chapter Eight Saints and Sinners
128
Chapter Nine Image and Empire
145

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About the author (2006)

Harriet O’Brien is a journalist based in London. She has written for the Independent and Condé Nast Traveler, among many other publications.

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