Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th-Century England by Harriet OBrien, Brien | | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th Century England

Queen Emma and the Vikings: A History of Power, Love, and Greed in 11th Century England

by Harriet O'Brien
     
 

ISBN-10: 1582345961

ISBN-13: 9781582345963

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

A lively portrait of a tumultuous period replete with conflict and strife, political intrigue and shifting alliances, assassinations and coronations.

Emma, one of England's most remarkable queens, made her mark on a nation beset by Viking raiders at the end of the Dark Ages, a period often neglected by conventional history. At the center of a triangle of

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A lively portrait of a tumultuous period replete with conflict and strife, political intrigue and shifting alliances, assassinations and coronations.

Emma, one of England's most remarkable queens, made her mark on a nation beset by Viking raiders at the end of the Dark Ages, a period often neglected by conventional history. At the center of a triangle of Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, and Normans all jostling for control of England, Emma was a political pawn who became a power broker and an unscrupulous manipulator. By birth a Norman, Emma spent the majority of her life on English soil. She was married to two kings of England and outlived both; she was twice driven into exile; while mourning the untimely loss of one son, she was devastated by the murder of another; she saw two of her sons crowned; she was stripped of her powers when her eldest son became king; and she eventually retired from public life as a dowager queen whose land and wealth had been restored. Regarded by her contemporaries as a generous Christian patron, a regent admired by her subjects, and a Machiavellian mother, Emma was, above all, a survivor: hers was a life marked by dramatic reversals of fortune.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582345963
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.12(d)

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