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Summary

She holds the fate of England in her heart.... The Queens of the Conquest trilogy. It's 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 Chosen Queen is the perfect blend of history, fast-paced plot and sweeping romance with a cast of strong female characters - an unforgettable read.

©2015 Joanna Courtney (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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Excellent

As an ardent fan of Elizabeth Chadwick, I was pleasantly surprised by Joanna Courtney. The story was well paced and fed my imagination and love of history.
The author had researched her book well and had me 'googleing' all sorts to find out more.
The characters were well written and believable and I look forward to listening to more if her work
I will certainly be adding Ms Courtney to my favourite author list.

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An amazing unknown queen

This was a very well researched book bringing back to life King Harold, and the times he lived in. He was portrayed as an upstanding honest man who, as with another king later his successor sought to eradicate from history. Like with King Richard it would be really good to find his remains and honour them as they should be. The story clothes all the characters and makes them real, the narrator subtly indicates the different women, loved the melding of the pagan with the new romanised procedures. What could have been a very distressing ending was dealt with in a sympathetic manner portraying Duke William with just the right amount of contempt. An informative enjoyable story and performance .

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Awful narrator!!!

This may have been the first book in a good series but sadly, for me, this was ruined by an absolutely awful narration by Clare Corbett. So bad was it that I had to abandon the book by Chapter 16. It was ok to start with, then I noticed audible intakes of breath which made the young Edith's voice sound girly and a little breathless. Which was obviously fine while Edith was young. However this got worse and worse and became almost incessant. I began to anticipate the breaths.

Sadly the accents were also poor particularly that of Edith's Welsh husband who sounded like a pantomime dame. Unfortunately, this made the mental image of the sex scenes between the two laughable. I'm glad I got out before investing any more of my time but I do hate to abandon a good story!

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One of my favourite books

I love this story, from the sparks rising from the introduction's bonfire to the author's notes at the end. The narrator reads it well, managing to differentiate between the two lead female voices very well.
The friendship between the two women linked to Harold Godwinson, whilst not historically sound, is beautifully captured in letters between them. Even though we all know the ending, the author makes it a thrilling, heart rending ride. I've read the book a few times, even so I was praying for the shield wall to hold during the last battle. I always wonder what if it had held, what if the outcome had been different. I'm so emotionally invested in this story and the people in it that I'm having difficulty moving on to books 2 and 3 in the trilogy. It's like I don't want to let Edith and Svanna go.... Highly recommended