The Steel Beneath the Silk

This breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy Trilogy is brimming with treachery, heartache, tenderness and passion as the English queen confronts ambitious and traitorous councilors, invading armies and the Danish king’s power-hungry concubine.

FINALIST for the CHAUCER Book Awards for pre-1750s Historical Fiction, a division of the 2021 Chanticleer International Book Awards (the CIBAs)!

“…the depth and scope of this book is impressive, and the steady prose keeps things even-keeled amid choppy seas of intrigue and upheaval….A thoroughly researched and realized novel…” Kirkus Reviews

“In this glorious conclusion to Bracewell’s Emma of Normandy trilogy, Emma becomes an even greater, wiser, savvier queen than ever she was in the two previous novels.” Editor’s Choice, Historical Novel Review

“The historical novel The Steel Beneath the Silk brings Emma of Normandy to life with authentic details and timeless themes around women’s autonomy.” Forward Review

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