Shadow on the Crown : Emma of Normandy

  • by Patricia Bracewell
  • Narrated by Katie Firth
  • Series: Emma of Normandy
  • 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval queen...
In 1002, 15-year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as queen by bearing a son.
Determined to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life.
Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces listeners to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern listeners.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Captivating and intriguing.

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow on the Crown to be better than the print version?

For me? Definitely. That may not be the case for all maybe.

What did you like best about this story?

Emma's character.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chase with the King of Denmark for action! Emma's challenges at court for character!

If you could take any character from Shadow on the Crown out to dinner, who would it be and why?

“Margot” ! I was deeply touched by the way Margot becomes the embodiment and extension of the voice and hands of Emma’s mother. When Emma doesn’t know what to do, her "voice" is there. When Emma would give up in the midst of stormy seas, her "voice" is there. It’s the voice of her mother.

Any additional comments?

Bravo Katie! Great job reading this with the pronunciations and inflections! I hope you are there when the next book comes out!

This book has sex.

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- Michael "Highpattern"

Trying to return.

What disappointed you about Shadow on the Crown?

Audible really needs to put some of these books in the Romance section only. I'm not averse to a little sex scene occasionally in a novel but sometimes it's just irritating and boring. This one just goes on and on and on and veers into soft porn. Disturbingly it also has a 15 yr old getting groped by a nearly 40 year old king. Yeesh. No thanks. I was hoping for a little light historical fiction of the Phillipa Gregory variety, not yet another sex scene about the heroine and her "lush lips that look like overripe fruit." Yawn.

Has Shadow on the Crown turned you off from other books in this genre?

I like historical fiction with female characters. But I hate this book. Can't even listen to the rest of it.

What aspect of Katie Firth’s performance would you have changed?

She was fine.

What character would you cut from Shadow on the Crown?

I really don't care enough about the book to cut any of them.

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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio