Queen Hereafter

Queen Hereafter

A Novel

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Refugee. Queen. Saint. In eleventh-century Scotland, a young woman strives to fulfill her destiny despite the risks . . .
Shipwrecked on the Scottish coast, a young Saxon princess and her family--including the outlawed Edgar of England--ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political advantage. He promises to aid Edgar and the Saxon cause in return for the hand of Edgar's sister, Margaret, in marriage.

A foreign queen in a strange land, Margaret adapts to life among the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm into a sophisticated ruler. Yet even as the king and queen build a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots distrust her. When her husband brings Eva, a Celtic bard, to court as a hostage for the good behavior of the formidable Lady Macbeth, Margaret expects trouble. Instead, an unlikely friendship grows between the queen and her bard, though one has a wild Celtic nature and the other follows the demanding path of obligation.
Torn between old and new loyalties, Eva is bound by a vow to betray the king and his Saxon queen. Soon imprisoned and charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva learns that Queen Margaret--counseled by the furious king and his powerful priests--will decide her fate and that of her kinswoman Lady Macbeth. But can the proud queen forgive such deep treachery?

Impeccably researched, a dramatic page-turner, Queen Hereafter is an unforgettable story of shifting alliances and the tension between fear and trust as a young woman finds her way in a dangerous world.
Publisher: New York : Crown, c2010.
ISBN: 9780307452795
Characteristics: 336 pages :,map, geneological table ;,25 cm.


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May 31, 2014

Susan Fraser King is an American author with a scholarly background. Her historical fiction is well researched and she has the ability to bring history to life.I enjoyed her work on Margaret of Scotland very much indeed.It tells the story of a medieval Saxon princess and members of her family fleeing Europe,shipwrecked on the coast of Scotland.They were fugitives from William the Conqueror.Her brother was the heir of the late King Harold.She obviously took the eye of the much older King Malcolm,he who had recently killed MacBeth to take the throne of Scotland.Malcolm could clearly see the advantages of an alliance.All the intrigues of life at court are well-explored.One gets a real feeling for the position of hostages. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the needlework, the significance of the colours in the weaving and the importance of the Bards . Christianity was a relatively recent thing in the North.Women were educated and respected in medieval Scotland.Margaret was a civilizing influence on her warrior husband.

ChristchurchLib Apr 27, 2014

"Set in 11th-century Scotland, this sequel to author Susan King's Lady Macbeth focuses on Margaret, wife of the much-older Malcolm Canmore, who slew pretender to the throne Macbeth and became King of Scotland. When Lady Gruadh, Macbeth's widow, grudgingly sends her granddaughter Eva to Malcolm's court as a hostage, Margaret befriends the girl -- who has, unbeknownst to her captors, been instructed by her grandmother to serve as a spy. Dramatic and richly detailed, Queen Hereafter explores a lesser-known period of Scottish history." Historical Fiction April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/42146534-cbfc-4ab9-813e-c35776aa9aed?postId=88f681db-41d1-4c1f-9572-092e11f59be6

Apr 13, 2012

An absolutely fantastic book!

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