Start: 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes local author Patricia Bracewell to the store to discuss Shadow on the Crown on Friday, February 8th at 7pm.Patricia Bracewell’s debut novel Shadow on the Crown transports readers to the heart of 11th century England, a time when daughters were traded like pawns and fear of the supernatural governed the actions of men. It’s rich tale of power and forbidden love revolving around a young medieval Queen, Emma of Normandy.In 1002, fifteen year-old Emma of Normandy crosses the Narrow Sea to wed the much older King Athelred of England, whom she meets for the first time at the church door. Thrust into an unfamiliar and treacherous court, with a husband who mistrusts her, stepsons who resent her and a bewitching rival who covets her crown, Emma must defend herself against her enemies and secure her status as Queen by bearing a son. Determined to outmaneuver her adversaries, Emma forges alliances with influential men at court and wins the affection of the English people. But her growing love for a man who is not her husband and the imminent threat of a Viking invasion jeopardize both her crown and her life. Based on real events recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Shadow on the Crown introduces readers to a fascinating, overlooked period of history and an unforgettable heroine whose quest to find her place in the world will resonate with modern readers.Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon a writing career. This is her first novel. She lives in Oakland, California.