The Forever Queen: Sometimes, a Desperate Kingdom Is in Need of One Great Woman (The Saxon Series #1)
Married to a king incompetent both on the throne and in bed, Emma does not love her husband. But she does love England. Even as her husband fails, Emma vows to protect her people-no matter what. For five decades, through love and loss, prosperity and exile, Emma fights for England, becoming the only woman to have been anointed, crowned, and reigning queen to two different...more
Little is known of the historic Emma of Normandy's life, but what we do know is jam-packed with material for a historical romance: She was married to both Ethelred the Unready and his usurper, the viking who the English came to call Canute the Great. When it came time for her eldest son to inherit the throne ...more
"There is the type of woman you love for your need and the type you need because of your love. The two are not the same, and only the fortunate manage to find the second."
This is my first non philipa gregory "kings and queens" book, and I really enjoyed it. I got a strong sense of what it was like to live in England at that time. As this is 11th century history, a lot of interpretation has to happen to build a story based on the known facts. I did not agree with all of the author's views (for i ...more
Emma of Normany married King Aethelred when she was 13. One son would become Edward the Confessor. But the Swein Forkbeard of Denmark invaded together with his son Cnut, and all was lost. But Emma was one strong woman who after her husband's death married Cnut, and once again reigned as queen of England.
I loved it, the story was so rich in history and details, and it was exactly like a good historical novel should be like. Following the facts, but still inventing and creating a ...more
"Emma is the only woman to have been an anointed, crowned and reigning queen to two differ ...more
Married to Aethelred first, Emma is unhappy and I think this is the slowest moving part of the book and I will agree with other reviewers that is a little wordy at times in this section. Howev ...more
And don't be put off by the period...yes, it isn't those head-chopping Tudors or the silk and satined Georgians but if you know little about early British history you come out of this book with a wider knowledge...and quite a take on Canute, the on ...more
Emma is 13 when she leaves her homeland in Normandy to wed the much older King Aethelred of England. Like most royal marriages, their union is one bred solely for matters of state. She arrives in a strange country, bewildered and timid and her husband’s court filled with hostile people who don’t speak her language. Though outwardly she seems young and unsure, people soon learn that Emma knows her mind and is quick ...more
Typically I hate readin ...more
Helen Hollick has obviously done her homework; it tells in the details. From the small bits of documentation that have survived since circa 1000 a.d., she has created a rich, accessible, realistic depiction of Queen Emma's world.
I was a little chagrinn ...more
* I am a huge fan of historical fiction and truly enjoy this genre. What really drew me to this story was that I had never heard of Queen Emma and I wanted to learn more about her life.
What worked for me:
* The descriptions! Wow..I felt like I was there in medieval England. Hollis has a magical way with her words which really brought the story to life for me.
* Emma- She is an amazing woman and I'm truly astounded that more books have not been written about her. T ...more
Although I've read other biographies & historical fiction dealing with the middle ages, I haven't read or really know much about this time period 950-1044 AD in European history or the Vikings. So I went into this book pretty ignorant of this particular time period. That didn't last long. Hollick quickly t ...more
The Forever Queen started out fairly strong, as the 13-year-old Emma of Normandy arrives in England to marry the much older Ki ...more
I love historical fiction, especially royal historical fiction, like a fat kid loves cake, but there are way too many of these books that take on a lengthy, convoluted part of history and try to portray the length and breadth of a life.
This book tells the story of Emma, who in 1002, as a 13-year-old girl from Normandy, is given to the 30-something King of England as a wife. I could certainly ...more
What Hollick needs, however, is an editor who will ruthlessly pare down the purple prose and lop out the unnecessary filler that swells this novel into a doorstop.
There are scores of distracting vignettes that lift us away ...more
Emma's world is full of violence, political intrigue, war and uncertainty - which makes for a gripping ...more
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When you find a woman to love, Cnut, your life changes forever.”