The Steel Beneath the Silk

The Steel Beneath the Silk

by Patricia Bracewell

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A breathtaking conclusion to Bracewell's Emma of Normandy Trilogy, 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.

"A magnificent book! This masterful culmination of Patricia Bracewell's epic Emma of Normandy trilogy could rival any Norse saga immortalizing the drama-laden events at the time of the Viking invasions of Anglo-Saxon England. I loved it!"—Anne Easter Smith, author of A Rose for the Crown and This Son of York

In the year 1012 England's Norman-born Queen Emma has been ten years wed to an aging, ruthless, haunted King Æthelred. The marriage is a bitterly unhappy one, between a queen who seeks to create her own sphere of influence within the court and a suspicious king who eyes her efforts with hostility and resentment. But royal discord shifts to grudging alliance when Cnut of Denmark, with the secret collusion of his English concubine Elgiva, invades England at the head of a massive viking army. Amid the chaos of war, Emma must outwit a fierce enemy whose goal is conquest and outmaneuver the cunning Elgiva, who threatens all those whom Emma loves.

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BN ID: 2940162677932
Publisher: Bellastoria Press LLP
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Series: Emma of Normandy , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 21,644
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Patricia Bracewell taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer history course at Downing College, Cambridge, and the penning of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood, the first two books in her trilogy about the 11th-century queen of England, Emma of Normandy. As writer-in-residence at Gladstone's Library in Wales, Patricia conducted research for the final book of her trilogy, The Steel Beneath the Silk. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her website at

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