Digital Download Penguin Audio 2013
DD ISBN 9781101605271 $39.95
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2013
CD ISBN 978-1-4703-6170-9 $123.75 Eleven CDs
Set in 1002, this historical work recounts the marriage alliance of 15-year-old Emma of Normandy and the much older King Athelred II of England. Katie Firth brings this story to life with her no-nonsense reading and easy pacing. Court intrigue and ruthless violence vie with descriptions of life among the Saxons and Normans, whose coasts are harried by the marauding Danes. Firth narrates the details of court life, manners, weather, and life in cold castles in a steady voice caught up in the events and emotions of the era. Varying accents and subtle intonations differentiate the host of historical and fictional characters. Listeners will be captivated by the strong royal and aristocratic personages who must negotiate the maze of political wrangling within the Saxon court. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2013]
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