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April Meetup: "Shadow on the Crown" by Patricia Bracewell

Thanks to those who voted. Our April book will be "Shadow on the Crown" by Patricia Bracewell.


Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell (2013)

Pages: 528



In 1002, fifteen-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 outmanoeuvre 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 readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.

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  • Richard A.

    Sorry to have missed you all and hope to be there next time... on the plus side I am now a grandfather (!) to new baby Emmeline

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • So-Fung

      Congrats Richard, I bet you're a fab grandpa ;-)!

      1 · April 30, 2014

  • Antoine V.

    Congratulations Richard!

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • Irena D.

    Quite good but I missed Justin :)

    April 29, 2014

  • Nishma

    Made it home by 9.15!

    April 29, 2014

  • Antoine V.

    Enjoyable to be in such a group but bit muted this time - we had the critical mass but I suspect that nobody was sufficiently enthused by the book to get a really lively debate going.

    April 29, 2014

  • Natalie R

    I will be there and will be happy to lead the discussion. I will make sure we wrap up by 8pm so that people can get away before the strike starts (disruption not expected before 9.30). Hope to see everyone shortly!

    April 28, 2014

  • Justin

    Everyone - I'm so sorry but I'm not feeling strong enough to get there. Will miss you all and thanks so much again to Nat for standing in.

    April 28, 2014

  • Leeanne

    hi - realyl sorry fro the late notice but feeling ill and leaving work early adn going home! sorry !!

    April 28, 2014

  • Helena N.

    I'm so sorry for the late notice Justin, I've got a deadline, won't be able to go. Looking forward to the next one. Have a great time.

    April 28, 2014

  • Jemma

    Sorry Justin, having to make alternative travel arrangements due to tube strike. X

    April 28, 2014

  • Sinead

    Hello, I am really sorry that I can't make it tomorrow and sorry for last minute notice. I am looking forward to next month's meeting! Thanks, Sinead

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Justin - I'm sorry I wont be able to make it this month - I have to travel to Dublin for work. I'll hopefully make it next time.

    April 26, 2014

  • Justin

    Ah, that's a point. If the planned tube strikes goes ahead, it should start from around 9.30pm on Monday evening. To be on the safe side, I suggest we end our meetup at 8pm or so, to give everyone time to get home before the strike starts kicking in.

    April 25, 2014

  • So-Fung

    Justin - due to heavy work commitments and the tube strike next week, I might struggle to make the group this month - such a shame as I missed the last few and I really wanted to make this one!
    Best, So-Fung

    April 24, 2014

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