Shadow on the Crown
An epic tale of seduction, war, and unrequited love. Patricia Bracewell, an outstanding new voice in historical fiction, weaves together a story that spans countries and dynasties to extraordinary dramatic effect. The year is 1001 and England is under threat. The air off the southern coast hangs heavy, thick with the fear of Viking sea raids. For England's King Ethelred the night sky is heavy with a dark portent. England's future hangs in the balance, its path determined by a struggle for the King's own heart. Two women - Emma, his Norman bride and Elgiva, his Anglo Saxon mistress - will stop at nothing in their battle for the King's favour and the Queen's Coronet. But the sky speaks of a royal death and ahead of all three is a journey fraught with danger and deception.
"Bracewell delivers a highly entertaining addition to the historical fiction genre." - "Publisher's Weekly"
Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds an M.A. in English Literature, but has always been fascinated by English history - an interest that led her to a brief course in Anglo-Saxon history at Downing College, Cambridge University. She has two grown sons, and she lives with her charming Canadian husband in Oakland, California.