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QUEEN HEREAFTER: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland
Now available in trade paperback and ebook
from Broadway Books and Random House
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Refugee. Queen. Saint.
Cast by fate into the treacherous courts of 11th-century Scotland, a young princess seeks sanctuary . . . and discovers her destiny . . .
“King’s ability to draw readers into dark and intriguing stories is at its height in this tale that is as complex and colorful as the threads of a tapestry.”
Also available in trade paperback and ebook!
LADY MACBETH: A Novel
A warrior princess defends against an ambitious warlord in 11th century Scotland . . . whose claim to the throne needs the one woman whose blood is more royal than his own . . .
“If you think you know Lady M, think again.”
Margaret, a young Saxon princess, is shipwrecked with her family on the coast of Scotland and forced to accept sanctuary from the recently widowed warrior-king Malcolm Canmore of Scotland. Malcolm sees a political prize in Margaret, and promises to help her brother, the outlawed rebel Edgar of England, in return for his sister’s hand in marriage.
When Malcolm brings a female bard, Eva, to court as a hostage to ensure good behavior of her kinswoman, his conniving enemy Lady Macbeth, Margaret, and Eva expect to resent one another. Instead, they discover an unlikely bond as outcasts of a sort–Eva a wild Celtic spirit captive among her enemies, Margaret suppressing her passions as she endures increasing pressure as a queen and a mother of princes.
Torn between loyalties, Eva must betray the king and the new queen in order to honor her devotion to the former queen. Thrown into Malcolm’s dungeon, charged with witchcraft and treason, Eva soon learns that Queen Margaret–counseled by the furious king and his powerful priests–will decide the fate of the young bard and her mentor, the troublesome Lady Macbeth.
by Susan Fraser King
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Crown (December 7, 2010)
Queen Hereafter chronicles the life of little-known Margaret of Scotland, a contemporary of the infamous Lady Macbeth, and a woman destined for sainthood.
Reviews for Queen Hereafter
"King's blend of historical figures and fictional characters turn a medieval icon into a believable mother, wife and ruler. Quotes from original sources offer context and insight as to where the record ends and imagination begins." -- Publishers Weekly
"King's ability to draw readers into dark and intriguing stories is at its height in this tale that is as complex and colorful as the threads of a tapestry." -- Kathe Robin, RT Book Club Reviews
"King is adept at pulling the reader into uncharted historical territory and making it real. A story of love, women's friendship, and suspense—this epic tale and its larger-than-life characters linger in the mind and heart.”
"A captivating tale of the devout girl forced by fate to become queen to a passionate king. As successor to Lady Macbeth and the most powerful woman in Scotland, Margaret earns love, hate--and lasting friendships. Susan Fraser King carries her readers through the Scots courts as if she'd lived there herself.”
“Through a combination of assured scholarship and powerful storytelling, Susan Fraser King brings alive the complex, vivid world of Margaret of Scotland. With vibrant characters and lyrical description, this is a wonderful evocation of eleventh century Britain in all its fierce splendor."
“She: a pious, educated foreigner; he: a hirsute warrior king—yoked together in matrimony for political expedience. Based on actual events, Susan Fraser King paints a vivid portrait of Margaret and Malcolm, a forced royal marriage that beat all odds and developed into one of mutual love and respect.”
"Susan Fraser King’s books, Lady Macbeth and now Queen Hereafter, are such delights--she lets us explore where normally we historians are not permitted to go. And what a wonderful pleasure that is, for she brings the scholar’s eye for authentic detail and evokes all the smoky atmosphere of medieval Scotland. Oh, I am jealous—and grateful."
-- John C. Hartsock, professor of literary journalism and author of Seasons of a Finger Lakes Winery