Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland by Susan Fraser King
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 delivers to help 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 lifestyles one of the barbarian Scots, bears princes, and shapes the fierce warrior Malcolm right into a refined ruler. but at the same time the king and queen construct a passionate and tempestuous partnership, the Scots mistrust her. whilst her husband brings Eva, a Celtic bard, to courtroom as a hostage for the nice habit of the bold woman Macbeth, Margaret expects difficulty. in its place, an not going friendship grows among the queen and her bard, notwithstanding one has a wild Celtic nature and the opposite follows the difficult course of obligation.
Torn among previous and new loyalties, Eva is sure through a vow to betray the king and his Saxon queen. quickly imprisoned and charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva learns that Queen Margaret—counseled through the livid king and his strong priests—will make a decision her destiny and that of her kinswoman woman 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 strain among worry and belief as a tender lady reveals her approach in a perilous global.
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They supported Edgar’s claim to the throne of England, yet Margaret did not entirely trust their influence over her brother, who was too young to lead the rebellion these lords favored. She felt wary on his behalf. But she smiled as she sat beside Edgar, who drew his leather covering over her head and shoulders. She huddled close, her braids pooling like damp golden ropes in her lap. ” she asked. “Aye. The oarsmen are heading for it,” Edgar replied. ” She breathed out in relief. “We are still in danger of sinking,” Morcar said bluntly.
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.
Their saviors were local Scots, Margaret learned, who spoke the native tongue, a lilting language that Cospatric alone understood. “These are Fife men, loyal to Malcolm,” he explained, seated in one of the boats with Margaret and several others. “They say their village is not far from one of Malcolm’s royal palaces. They will send word to the king’s men and we will shelter with the fishing families tonight. ” Shivering in her wet things, Margaret was so grateful to be heading toward blessed land that she almost did not care where it was.