Of course little is known of Emma's Eleventh century England was a grim time. The up side is, Hollick kept me reading with a string of involving events and personal scenes. Emma's life is an enthralling tale that deserves to be better known and recognised; here is a queen, powerful, affluent and respected, who held the reigns of government successively on many occasions and never gave in when her throne, crown or life was threatened. No other Queen was wife to two Kings of England and mother to two more! I highly recommend this book to all my Danish family and anyone interested in a good read. Po jeho smrti se země ocitla v úzkých a musela si volit mezi jeho dvěma syny - Haroldem a Harthcanutem. Hollick has a penchant for incomplete sentences, and she often leaves out the subject of a sentence.
It ended with William the Conqueror's family establishing their permanent rule with crushing brutality. I escaped London in January 2013 to live in North Devon - but was born in Walthamstow, North East London in 1953 I began writing at the age of 13. The one advantage of the library, however, was the access to books, and it was there that I came across the Roman historical novels of Rosemary Sutcliff, the Arthurian trilogy by Mary Stewart, and the historian Geoffrey Ashe. I had wanted to become a journalist when leaving secondary school, but my careers advice was not helpful. Missing words, incomplete and weirdly phased sentences don't make for happy readers.
A good but not great book, I think A Hollow Crown is a flawed read that others may enjoy better then me. I found an agent who placed me with William Heinemann - I was accepted for publication just after my 40th birthday. 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. There was simply not enough plot to justify an 850 page novel. I read this with a group, and other people didn't seem to have the same issues I did. When he demands she surrender or suffer the consequences, Emma stakes everything on a dangerous gamble, but troubles and tragedy still await the indomitable queen as she struggles for power and for survival in a violent male world. Emma of Normandy was married at aged 13 to a man close to three times her age as part of a means for Normandy and England to forge an alliance.
I was drawn through the book rapidly, probably due to my interest in and knowledge of this period of history. Oh Emma, what a interesting life you led?! Viking raids have ravaged the countryside and coastline, inflicting rape, murder and pillaging upon the hapless subjects of King Aethelred, a paranoid, spiteful and hardhearted man, is in despair. I wanted to tell her how to keep safe in a clear and simple manner - with a message that could be easily remembered. Yet Emma gradually finds her footing and becomes a capable, beloved queen. This is a solid piece of work excuse the pun! Alfred burning the cakes is a wonderful story. Also the writing style didn't help.
Coming from Normandy, she was first married to Aethelred,a Saxon, then Cnut,a Dane. Swein ale nešťastnou náhodou uklouzne na schodech umírá také a velení se ujímá jeho ctižádostivý syn Cnut. I did not expect it to be as large as it was - 864 pages. I enjoyed every moment of it, but I really don't think I would recommend it to any but the serious the serious historical fiction lover. Politika: Athelred nebyl schopen odrazit nájezdy Vikingů, oproti tomu Cnut byl schopným vládcem Anglie, Dánska a jednu dobu také Norska. Dialogue was mostly fine and well-written although there were the occasional forays into ham-handed territory.
Having had a surfeit of rather large books over the last few months - I think that my comments may be influenced by the grimness with which I hefted up this novel to start reading. I followed on with two Saxon period novels A Hollow Crown and Harold the King - both are about the people and events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 - from the English point of view. As time progresses and the narrative takes the reader through Emma's life, it's easy to question Emma's motives for her actions. The main reason why the English accepted Danish rule was for the prospect of peace, which was delivered. Congratulations to her for a good job overall. England is invaded by the Viking King Swein Forkbeard and his son Cnut.
What I didn't know, when I started, was that my one book was to grow into enough words to make a complete trilogy. Her unhappy marriage to Aethelred is heartbreaking to read although at times I wondered if Hollick had deliberately made Aethelred into a spiteful prick in order to increase sympathy for Emma. I did not expect it to be as large as it was - 864 pages. Hollick even mentions this in her lovely Author's note The length was not too bad for me, I like that there was short chapters!! She seemed intent on keeping her crown at all costs, and treated her children from her first marriage with an appalling lack of feeling. Having had a surfeit of rather large books over the last few months - I think that my comments may be influenced by the grimness with which I hefted up this novel to start reading. Now don't me wrong, I did enjoy the novel in general but I am not blind to its rather glaring faults.
Until now, the only author I had discovered who had successfully blended the two was Sharon Penman. The England where Emma will make her kingdom and home is in turmoil. Who, Star Trek and Star Wars. I don't think there are many novels about this time period, so I would recommend this book to others interested in this era. I really enjoyed it and plan to read Hollick's novel about Harold Godwineson.
Ok I think I've ranted enough about this. After about 250 pages out of just over 600 I found myself losing interest. Through most of the century Queen Emma fought for her crown, to protect her people as well as she could from the many men who wanted to rule the land but to whom the land's wellbeing seemed to matter little. I wanted to tell her how to keep safe in a clear and simple manner - with a message that could be easily remembered. Emma, now dowager queen, holds London against the invader Cnut.