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Sulle ceneri di sua madre, Ofelia ha giurato che non diventerà mai schiava di nessuno, pertanto nemmeno di Amleto, nonostante il suo aspetto affascinante, e benché sia l’unica persona in tutta la Danimarca che la conosca e la accetti per quella che è: una guerriera sposata alla sua spada. Una donna fatta di acciaio, temprata e indurita nel fuoco, che nessuno, nemmeno Amleto, piegherà mai ai suoi scopi. Ma quando Lord Feng, zio di Amleto, fa assassinare il fratello e prende il trono, costringendo il nipote a inchinarsi all’usurpatore, Ofelia dovrà usare ogni mezzo a sua disposizione per tenere il suo principe al sicuro da coloro che vogliono fargli del male.
Secondo capitolo di una appassionante saga che ci mostra il vero volto delle donne shakespeariane, al di là della leggenda che le ha rese immortali, Regina di fuoco libera Ofelia dai ceppi dell’interpretazione del bardo, che la tratteggia come una fanciulla debole e priva di senno, per restituircela come una donna forte, vibrante di vita e di indomito coraggio.
«Una storia gloriosa, ricca, epica, di amore, amicizia e sacrificio che vi travolgerà e vi trasporterà in un altro tempo. Mi è piaciuto moltissimo e non vedo l’ora che arrivi il prossimo libro della serie». Rachael Lucas
«Una bella scrittura e una formidabile verve narrativa. Superbo». Carol McGrath
A crown can be won, blood cannot be changed.
The Conqueror's Queen is the third title in Joanna Courtney's sweeping historical series, The Queens of Conquest.
William of Normandy is a rough man, but what more can you expect of an illegitimate son trying to muscle his way into a dukedom? After a violent start to their courtship, Mathilda of Flanders discovers William to be a man of unexpected sensitivity, driven by two goals: to prove himself by becoming a great ruler and to build a warm and secure family.
Mathilda has grown up safe in the love of her powerful parents, her rough and tumble brothers and, above all, her younger sister and closest confidante, Judith. Now, though, they must separate. Judith marries the glamorous Earl Torr and departs for life in England and Mathilda heads to Normandy with William.
When William's cousin King Edward of England weakens, his eyes are cast across the narrow sea to the glittering throne he promised Mathilda as a young bride. Mathilda supports him keenly in his challenge, longing to live close to her sister once more.
But as reward for his support for William, Torr wants more than William is prepared to cede and there will be no alliance. The two sisters find themselves not only on either side of a sea but of a bitter battle, and the events of 1066 bring great personal loss, as well as victory, to the Conqueror's Queen.
Elizaveta is princess of Kiev, but that doesn't stop her chasing adventure. Defying conventions, she rides the rapids of the Dneiper alongside her royal brothers, and longs to rule in her own right as a queen.
Elizaveta meets her match when the fearsome Viking warrior Harald Hardrada arrives at her father's court seeking fame and fortune. He entrusts Elizaveta to be his treasure keeper, to hold the keys to his ever-growing wealth - and eventually to his heart.
Theirs is a fierce romance and the strength of their love binds them together as they travel across the vast seas to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland. In 1066, their ambition carries them to Orkney as they plan to invade England and claim the crown . . .
The Christmas Court by Joanna Courtney is a festive historical short story from the author of The Chosen Queen.
King Edward's royal court has gathered at Westminster to welcome William of Normandy to England. As the ambitious Norman duke takes his place amongst the English lords, rumour and speculation are rife. It appears that William has an ulterior motive for making his timely visit to his childless royal cousin . . .
Freya and Alodie are new to court and the entertainments of the burgeoning Wessex city of London are far more intriguing than the political machinations which surround the gathering. The vast Christmas markets along the sprawling banks of Chelsea village offer endless delights. For the two young friends, enchanted by the wassails, evergreens and festive crowds, the Normans are more of an enticement than a danger.
As the feasting and dancing begin, Freya finds herself falling for a man from the wrong side of the Narrow Sea and, with the help of a little mistletoe and wine, 1051 becomes a Christmas to remember . . .
The Christmas Court is a perfect short story for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick
1066. Three Queens. One Crown.
As a young woman in England's royal court, Edyth, granddaughter of Lady Godiva, dreams of marrying for love. But political matches are rife while King Edward is still without an heir and the future of England is uncertain.
When Edyth's family are exiled to the wild Welsh court, she falls in love with the charismatic King of Wales - but their romance comes at a price and she is catapulted onto the opposing side of a bitter feud with England. Edyth's only allies are Earl Harold Godwinson and his handfasted wife, Lady Svana.
As the years pass, Edyth finds herself elevated to a position beyond even her greatest expectations. She enjoys both power and wealth but as her star rises the lines of love and duty become more blurred than she could ever have imagined. As 1066 dawns, Edyth is asked to make an impossible choice. Her decision is one that has the power to change the future of England forever . . .
The first book in The Queens of Conquest series, The Chosen Queen by Joanna Courtney is the perfect blend of history, fast-paced plot and sweeping romance with a cast of strong female characters - an unforgettable read. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Chadwick and Philippa Gregory.