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.
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By J. E. Moore on 19-04-16
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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By Beady on 25-07-17
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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