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Harriet OBrien ã 9 summaryUred in historical literature both non
and iction THAT IS THE BEFORE 1066 WHEN KING ETHELRED is the period before 1066 when King Ethelred Unready ill counciled was in power and the time when England was actually under Danish rule and ormed part of a large scandinavian empire under King Cnut or Canute if 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 I Love My Dad firstIf you wish to understand better the background behind 1066 well why not startrom where it truly all began with a similar battle of wills All about Us 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 aoriegner herself Emma of Normandy who outlived them all 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 or 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 irst but since I read it on an old school type o 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 year 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 year ago and were Noni Speaks Up for the most part illiterateThe book is accessible and entertaining The author gets a littleanciful sometimes using educated guesses to Handbags and Gladrags flesh out scenes which are not documented in any detail Thiseels 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 An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) 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 sheound 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 ocus or the history especially because of her marriage Wish Upon a Wedding first to an Anglo Saxon king and then to the viking conueror Cnut She was ueen consort of Englandor than 30 years and the mother of Edward the Confessor and great aunt of William the ConuerorIt s ascinating to read about England as a part of the North Sea Empire Cnut ruled England competently or almost 20 years but his reign is overshadowed by the Conues. 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 ortune all of which she overcam. S that was all the motivation she needed 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 ofFICTION AND FICTION THAT IS THE
history Unfortunately the acts are uite thin That would okay if the author didn t ill in the gaps with admittedly outlandish speculation that directly contradicts well informed books on the same subjects It got to the point where every "Sentence Was Packed With Weasel "was packed with weasel probably maybe we can guess and so on and then it became clear that the author was substituting modern caricatures of medieval life in place of acts 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 I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! fills in a best guess that has no basis inact I had to stop reading An excellent smooth narrated biography of Emma and her world Really enjoyable ueen Emma called Aelfgifu by most of her subjects was a strong willed Norman who was ueen of England twice over irst 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 involved in revitalizing Cnut s reputation in Europe through conspicuous acts of piety and generosity After Cnut s death she ought long and hard to get one of her sons on the English throne Cnut s two sons Harold Harefoot son of Cnut s irst wife also named Aelfgifu and Harthacnut Emma s son each claimed the throne but harold died and harthacnut was crowned king of died and Harthacnut was crowned King of without having to ight Emma s younger son by Aethelred then returned to England he had been hiding in Normandy and joined his half brother Harthacnut as co ruler Harthacnut was a brutal and heavy handed ruler and Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners few mourned when he died only aew years later Edward later called Confessor was then the sole ruler of England Upon his childless death many years later Emma s nephew William the Conuerer claimed the throne It s Janae (Blacktop, fascinating history but there isrustratingly little known about Emma herself Today we only have a ew clues rom The Anglo Saxon Chronicle and the history she commissioned the Encomium Emmae This non iction book starts off on a suprisingly narrative and almost ictional note in that it sets the scene of how young 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 orgotten 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 eat. 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 or control of England Emma was a political pawn who became an unscrupulous man. .European History Unfortunately The Facts Are Uite Thin That Would
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 The book is based on what Why Diets Make Us Fat fewacts 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 Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., for it several times However her strength and perseverance helped her become aorce to be reckoned with in Anglo Saxon Englandueen Emma 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 book is part historical Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, fact and part Tuchmanesue novel Theacts 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 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 Everyday life in medieval times full of shifting politics and cultures Alfred the Great had ruled shortly before the apex of Anglo Saxon England Emma sirst 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 North food items would not have been seen and when they wereirst cultivated in England I inally learned the difference between mead and aleI highly recommend this history to readers of Helen Hollick s historical finally learned the difference between mead and aleI highly recommend this history to readers of Helen Hollick s historical BThe Forever "UeenB And Its Recently Released "and its recently released 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 A delightfully readable bookThere are only so many textual sources or Anglo Saxon history and O Brien makes the most of them So there s Dead Giveaway familiarity about it both in theamiliar historical information Andrew Lost In the Kitchen from the Anglo Saxon Chronicles and the tropes we see in television and movies Iound myself thinking Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism 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 theate 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 Perhap. 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.