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The Steel Beneath the Silk: A Novel

The Steel Beneath the Silk: A Novel

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.

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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ISBN-13: 9781942209812
Publisher: Bellastoria Press Llp
Publication date: 03/02/2021
Series: Emma of Normandy Trilogy
Pages: 450
Sales rank: 143,237
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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, to be published in May, 2021. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her website at

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Maps of Britain and London in 1016

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