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The Forever Queen (The Lost Kingdom-1066) Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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Hollick mines the richly textured history of Saxon England, producing a striking portrait... Emma has a remarkable life story providing a suitably dramatic backdrop for this fictional romp throught the fractured political and social landscape of eleventh-century England.
As vivid as a tapestry... A compelling read that brings to life an oft-ignored period of English history.
Helen Hollick has clearly done her historical homework, not only making these events educational for me, but entertaining as well.
Helen Hollick brings the turbulent 11th century England to life like only she can!
Wow..I felt like I was there in medieval England. Hollick has a magical way with her words
I LOVE Helen Hollick. I am going to get on a plane, travel to England, seek her out, and kiss her on the cheek for writing such beautiful (and accurate) historical fiction
Hollick captures the political intrigue of early Medieval England and presents the reader with some of the most colorful characters to sit on the British throne.
A story of love, hate, rolling turmoil and undying loyalty that any lover of historical fiction will crow with pleasure over for the intensity and integrity of such a wonderful period piece.
Brilliant prose, historical accuracy, and rich detail bring this violent era to life. The "Forever Queen" stands as a well-detailed biographical account of one of England's strongest, most determined queens.
A glorious monarch, strong with unwavering pride and resilience.
About the Author
Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats, and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman/Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy-the early eighteenth century.
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And don't be put off by the period...yes, it isn't those head-chopping Tudors or the silk and satined Georgians but if you know little about early British history you come out of this book with a wider knowledge...and quite a take on Canute, the one who held the sea back.
Emma starts out in a forced marriage with nothing but her wits and pride. We see her go through rape, murder, butchering armies...and play a game of double-cross to keep her throne through two marriages, exile and the sort of children who were spawned by the devil let alone a love match ( at least one of her marriages was happy, anyway.)
Hollick is the kind of writer who knows her craft is to entertain us and many don't. Emma is not weak, not even nice sometimes, but is an engaging and captivating character that you root for.
I only give 5 stars for novels of sheer genius - but don't underestimate this is a real 4 star read and for once, worth every cent/penny/euro.
What a find!
As the wife of two kings and the mother of two more - plus a daughter who wed the Holy Roman Emperor Henri III - the subject is interesting enough. She had her 'biography' written, too, which marks her out somewhat. Many serious historians mistakenly assume that if something is written down - particularly if it's contemporary - it's likely to be true. That seems grossly naive given the politics of history. Helen Hollick is mindful of this trap. Her Emma of Normandy emerges as a well drawn character and even a half credible one.
This is about the Anglo/Danish/Norman gangster style power struggles among the 11th century ruling class. If you're interested in history from this time and place, and you can accept the limitations of historical fiction - this might be a good choice. The author generates a colourful and atmospheric story. It's well researched, well planned, and well written. Emma remains the only woman buried in Winchester cathedral. And while her bones have been mixed up with several other corpses from this period, this tale gives her spirit a tasty airing.
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