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Historical Novel Society review of Shadow on the Crown

“Bracewell’s portrayal of Emma, from mere child to beloved queen, is a real tour de force. Not merely are the characters fully fleshed out, but the story moves ahead apace. The historical research is solid and, although Bracewell admits to taking some license with it – as an example, Emma’s relationship with Athelstan – there is nothing jarring about it. Emma’s story, commissioned by her in 1040, stands as a monument to a woman who recognized her own historical significance, stature that is reinforced by the The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.”

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