Book review - The Northern Queen
Review by Becky
St. Brice's Day, England, Anno 1002. At the order of King Aethelred, thousands of Danes are murdered in a frenzy of ethnic cleansing. Outraged, the Danish king, Sweyn Forkbeard, swears he will take Aethelred's head, and his crown. But Sweyn needs allies. Chief amongst his supporters is Aelfgifu, an English noblewoman and head of a once great family. She has her own reasons to hate Aethelred and as a pagan, she is sympathetic to the Danish cause. When Aelfgifu marries Sweyn's son, Canute, war is inevitable. But if Aethelred is weak, Emma, his Norman queen, is not. And she will stop at nothing to destroy the woman at the heart of the Viking army. Love, ambition and revenge combine in an epic struggle for justice during the most turbulent period in England's history.
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I have always respected and admired Canute and Emma so to read about a woman who due to Emma's own records is portrayed as an enemy of the royal family was a bit of a personal challenge. However I did come to also respect if not admire Aelgifu's life and her impact on history.
Yet I do advise future readers to research the real history around this book as it does end at a specific point for the benefit of the story. In this case the truth is better than fiction about this very real game of thrones with two remarkable women.
Want to adventure throught the lands of the Vikings? The height of the Vikings is an amazing period of time and there is a lot of great fiction that is based on historical facts from that period and place. Rebecca Wilson has written a guide to the genre and to some of the best works in the genre.
If you are fascinated by the subject of Vikings you should check out her blog at: http://www.soulchaserbecky.blogspot.com/
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