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probably maybe we can guess and so on and then it became clear that the author was substituting modern caricatures of maybe we can guess and so on and then it became clear that the author was substituting modern caricatures of life in place of facts Women are depicted as powerless units of property with enough maybe and probably to cover her directly in contradiction to other books on the subject Having just read a treatise by Christine Fell on women in Anglo Saxon women I wanted to get an idea of how things were different in the Norman world Instead of just saying we don t know the author fills in a best guess that has no basis in fact I had to stop reading This is about a woman who was officially made ueen was married to two different kings and at least one of her sons ruled England I have to admit that I am not generally keen on political history but thought this would be interesting as it was about a ueen and Vikings I am interested in women s history However she really isn t in as much of the book as I would have liked due to lack of good records for some of the times so there was a lot of stuff about kings and other leaders etc that I couldn t care much less about That said some of it was interesting and the writing was good enough I can t bring myself to rate it less than two stars There is about her in the second half of the book than the first but since I read it on an old school type of Kindle I can t easily go back and count the pages etc that centre on here If nothing else she managed to beat the odds of the day with how long she lived and she was obviously a bright woman etc uick VersionA history of Emma Norman wife of two kings of England one Anglo Saxon and one Dane mother of two kings of England and great aunt of William the ConuerorLong VersionEmma is every historian s dream subject Born into a position destined to make her a pawn in the power plays of the highest nobility Emma had the intelligence and the cunning to rise to eminence in a world where women were undereducated and disregardedDespite a length of less than three hundred pages this book does an excellent job telling not only Emma s story but the tale of the time in which she lived This is a period of English history full of shifting politics and cultures Alfred the Great had ruled
SHORTLY BEFORE THE APEX OF ANGLObefore the apex of Anglo England Emma s first husband the inept Aethelred led to its ruin Cnut the Dane conuered England and in a stunning move married the popular and recently widowed ueen Emma Following his demise Emma held on long enough to put not just one but two sons one by Aethelred and one by Cnut on to England s throneIn addition to the machinations of politics Harriet O Brien paints a vivid picture of life at all levels of society during Emma s lifespan interspersing her portrait with useful tidbits such as which food items would not have been seen and when they were first cultivated in England I finally learned the difference between mead and aleI highly recommend this history to readers of Helen Hollick s historical fiction BThe Forever ueenB and its recently released seuel BI am the Chosen KingB It also stands on its own as a wonderfully readable account of the life and times of a woman too often overlooked in the annals of history. Ipulator Regarded by her contemporaries as a generous Christian patron an admired regent and a Machiavellian mother Emma was above all a survivor hers was a life marked by dramatic reversals of fortune all of which she overcam. Used her diplomatic skills to help shape a Viking
Warlord King into a well liked sovereign However her own propaganda worked against her on several occasions This bookKing into a well #LIKED SOVEREIGN HOWEVER HER OWN PROPAGANDA WORKED AGAINST HER #sovereign However her own propaganda worked against her several occasions This book part historical fact and part Tuchmanesue novel The facts are many and often contradictory Even though we may never know the true ueen Emma this book provides the reader with a remarkable insight into the lives of the Anglo Saxon England Nation and their rulers An excellent smooth narrated biography of Emma and her world Really enjoyable This is a short history of England in the decades before the Norman Conuest The author centers her story on Emma of Normandy who arrived in the ear 1002 to marry the aging English king but this is not a biography There is very little personal information available about any of these people who lived 1000 Kojiki year ago and were for the most part illiterateThe book is accessible and entertaining The author gets a little fanciful sometimes using educated guesses to flesh out scenes which are not documented in any detail This feels a little unscholarly but it serves to give the reader a better sense of place and timeShe tries to judge the uality and accuracy of historical records and often supplies the reader with multiple versions of events A lot of information comes from the Anglo Saxon Chronicle but another surviving contemporary source is the Encomium Emmae Reginae a book commissioned by Emma herself to tell the version of history she found most useful at the time Many historical accounts were written decades after the events themselves and many are written with obvious agendas if only to scandalize or entertain the readerEmma makes a great focus for the history especially because of her marriage first to an Anglo Saxon king and then to the viking conueror Cnut She was ueen consort of England for than 30ears and the mother of Edward the Confessor and great aunt of William the ConuerorIt s fascinating to read about England as a part of the North Sea Empire Cnut ruled England competently for almost 20 ears but his reign is overshadowed by the Conuest ueen Emma called Aelfgifu by most of her subjects was a strong willed Norman who was ueen of England twice over first as the wife of Anglo Saxon king Aethelred then as the wife of the conuering Danish king Cnut She had little impact in Aethelred s court but was according to O Brien very i Interesting if not exciting look at what can seem a very alien time It is not really so much about Emma it couldnt be a modern style biography because of the lack of evidence about her life But it places her and her life history into the context of the histories of England the Viking invasions and Normandy before the conuest This is a uality book with beautiful printing and a very interesting subject I had high hopes that this book would be a well informed and analogous to Dan Jones s Wars of the Roses but in a different time period Emma is a very interesting subject whose life spans several cultures and a tumultuous era of European history Unfortunately the facts are uite thin That would be okay if the author didn t fill in the gaps with admittedly outlandish speculation that directly contradicts well informed books on the same subjects It got. Mark on a nation beset by Viking raiders at the end of the Dark Ages 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 an unscrupulous man. A delightfully readable bookThere are only so many textual sources for Anglo
Saxon history and O Brien makes the most of them So therehistory and O Brien makes the most of them So there familiarity about it both in the familiar historical information from the Anglo Saxon Chronicles and the tropes we see in television and movies I found myself thinking from time to time of Lord of the Rings and Game of ThronesThe book actually has power and greed in it than love It was good to see the events of Emma s life and her lifetime neatly and chronologically explained and the fate of her sons and companionsO Brien s narrative doesn t leave much sense of Emma s personality or her motivation but she characterizes her as a survivor and so she was Perhaps that was all the motivation she needed This non fiction book starts off on a suprisingly narrative and almost fictional note in that it sets the scene of how oung Emma daughter of the Duke Richard of Normandy was set upon a ship to England to marrie a man double her age and seal a strategic alliance against the growing strength of the Vikings Some people may not like this narrative introduction but I think it adds that extra sparkle and almost depth to the text as it helps the reader imagine what Emma must have been like as each chapter and section goes through the key areas of history and introduce key characters that had a major influence not just on Emma s own life but of course the very history of English ruleEmma is one of those forgotten ueens who sadly reigned not once but twice as well as strongly in the background of two of her son s reigns Harthacnut and Edward the confessor s early rule but also in a period of history not often talked about or featured in historical literature both non fiction and fiction That is the period before 1066 when King Ethelred the Unready ill counciled was in power and the time when England was actually under Danish rule and formed part of a large scandinavian empire under King Cnut or Canute if Comprendre et grer les conflits dans les entreprises et les organisations you preferThe reader will learn an awful lot not just about Emma but about the world and society she grew up in and will realise that Emma show s the inner strength cunning and social survival skills that shone through in ueen Elizabeth 1st in the sixteenth century and eually ueen Victoria in the nineteenth century But I am pleased to say that not one jot of this book is dry or boring Each chapter is interesting enriching enlightening and even entertaining as the firstIfou wish to understand better the background behind 1066 well why not start from where it truly all began with a similar battle of wills for the throne of England before Godwinesone vs Hardrada vs Duke William it was SweinCnut vs Edmund Ironside and the current King Ethelred who held a shakey stability And weaving between these great men was one woman who was a foriegner herself Emma of Normandy who outlived them all The book is based on what few facts there are about ueen Emma who was the Great Aunt of William 1 of England She was the daughter of a Duke wife of 2 Kings and Mother of 2 Kings She was determined not to take a back seat to anyone and she paid for it several times However her strength and perseverance helped her become a force to be reckoned with in Anglo Saxon Englandueen Emma. A lively account of the harsh realities of war and politics in this era the vagaries of political marriage and the thin line between invaders and settlers Publishers Weekly Emma one of England's most remarkable ueens made her.