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Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Norton
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Contrary to popular belief, Anglo- Saxon England had queens, with the tenth-century Elfrida being the most powerful and notorious of them all. She was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England, sharing her husband King Edgar's imperial coronation at Bath in 973. The couple made a love match, with claims that they plotted the death of her first husband to ensure that she was free. Edgar divorced his second wife, a former nun, after conducting an adulterous affair with Elfrida, leading to an enmity between the two women that lasted until their deaths. During her marriage Elfrida claimed to be the king's only legitimate wife, but she failed to secure the succession for her son, Ethelred. Elfrida was implicated in the murder of her stepson, King Edward the Martyr, who died on a visit to her at Corfe Castle. She then ruled England on behalf of her young son for six years before he expelled her from court. Elfrida was eventually able to return to court but, since he proved himself unable to counter the Viking attacks, she may have come to regret winning the crown for Ethelred the Unready. Wife, mother, murderer, ruler, crowned queen. The life of Queen Elfrida was filled with drama as she rose to become the most powerful woman in Anglo-Saxon England.


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'An engaging portrait' --All About History

'The life-story of this remarkable figure' --Ryan Lavelle, BBC History Magazine

'The life-story of this remarkable figure' --Ryan Lavelle, BBC History Magazine

About the Author

Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. She is the author of ten books on the queens of England. She lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5188 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (20 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOY112E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but still left wondering 29 Oct. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is always great to find a text about a historical charater you know little about. There seems to be a bit of a trend at the moment to resurrect the memory of some of the more obscure royal partners and this is a good example. It was easy to read and well researched, but I got the distinct impression that it was a construct based on little actual documented evidence. I was left wondering whether Elfrida was the product of bad PR or really was the evil step mother
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Nov. 2014
Format:Hardcover
An excellent portrait of a Saxon queen who deserves to be better known. Well researched and fascinating!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 19 Sept. 2014
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An interesting but light touch volume relying more on the appeal of cover presentation than width and depth of historical content..
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