By Susan Fraser King
Refugee. Queen. Saint. in line with the lives of Saint Margaret of Scotland and her husband, King Malcolm III, in eleventh-century Scotland, a tender girl strives to meet her future regardless of the risks...
Shipwrecked at the Scottish coast, a tender Saxon princess and her family—including the outlawed Edgar of England—ask sanctuary of the warrior-king Malcolm Canmore, who shrewdly sees the political virtue. He offers to assist Edgar and the Saxon reason in go back for the hand of Edgar’s sister, Margaret, in marriage.
A overseas queen in an odd land, Margaret adapts to existence one of the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm right into a refined ruler. but whilst the king and queen construct a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots mistrust her. while her husband brings Eva, a Celtic bard, to courtroom as a hostage for the nice habit of the bold girl Macbeth, Margaret expects difficulty. as a substitute, an not likely friendship grows among the queen and her bard, notwithstanding one has a wild Celtic nature and the opposite follows the not easy course of obligation.
Torn among outdated and new loyalties, Eva is sure by means of a vow to betray the king and his Saxon queen. quickly imprisoned and charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva learns that Queen Margaret—counseled by means of the livid king and his strong priests—will come to a decision her destiny and that of her kinswoman girl Macbeth. yet can the proud queen forgive such deep treachery?
Impeccably researched, a dramatic page-turner, Queen Hereafter is an unforgettable tale of transferring alliances and the stress among worry and belief as a tender girl unearths her manner in a deadly global.
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Rest while we ride, ladies. ” He urged his horse ahead. Scotland. Margaret sank back as the cart bumped along. While Cristina murmured with Kata, Margaret crossed herself and whispered a prayer for the safety of their journey, and their lives. But her thoughts were elsewhere. Now she began to deduce Edgar’s plan, and it gave her chills. The Saxons would need help to defend against the Normans, and the strongest and most immediate aid existed in Scotland. Despite the pummelings that Malcolm of Scotland, known for his brutish ways, had given Northumbria over the years, he would not want Normans near his own borders.
She narrowed her eyes, suspecting that he was not Scottish; the other men were simply dressed and armored, with rough beards and long hair. “Welcome to Scotland, sire, my lady,” he said in English, but with a marked French accent. ” Margaret asked. “I am from Normandy, true. ” He turned as a second man joined them. This one was tall and broad, blond and ruddy, in shabby leather over a patterned tunic. His expression was grim and he planted his legs wide, grasping the great sword at his belt. “This is Ranald mac Niall, one of the king’s guard,” De Lauder explained.
One of the fishermen, her husband, came close. “My wife says she cannot take these things from you, lady. ” “I want her to have them. Please tell her they will look very fine on her. I have other cloaks and shoes and can do without these,” Margaret added. ” As he translated, Annot grinned with delight and shoved her feet into the shoes, which were too small, but she danced a little while the others laughed. Then she looked up at Margaret. “Tapadh leibh. ” “Tapah-lev to you,” Margaret said, smiling.
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