To Be A Queen

By Annie Whitehead

Historical fiction | Paperback


This is the true story of Aethelflaed, the 'Lady of the Mercians', daughter of Alfred the Great. She was the only female leader of an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. It is the tale of one family, two kingdoms and a common enemy. Born into the royal house of Wessex at the height of the Viking wars, she is sent to her aunt in Mercia as a foster-child, only to return home when the Vikings overrun Mercia. In Wessex, she witnesses another Viking attack and this compounds her fear of the enemy. She falls in love with a Mercian lord but is heartbroken to be given as bride to the ruler of Mercia to seal the alliance between the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. She must learn to subjugate her feelings for her first love, overcome her indifference to her husband and win the hearts of the Mercians who despise her as a foreigner, twice making an attempt on her life. When her husband falls ill and is incapacitated, she has to learn to rule and lead an army in his stead and when he subsequently dies, she must fight to save her adopted Mercia from the Vikings and, ultimately, her own brother.


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This is the true story of Aethelflaed, the 'Lady of the Mercians', daughter of Alfred the Great. She was the only female leader of an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. It is the tale of one family, two kingdoms and a common enemy. Born into the royal house of Wessex at the height of the Viking wars, she is sent to her aunt in Mercia as a foster-child, only to return home when the Vikings overrun Mercia. In Wessex, she witnesses another Viking attack and this compounds her fear of the enemy. She falls in love with a Mercian lord but is heartbroken to be given as bride to the ruler of Mercia to seal the alliance between the two Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. She must learn to subjugate her feelings for her first love, overcome her indifference to her husband and win the hearts of the Mercians who despise her as a...


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Annie Whitehead graduated in history having specialised in the early medieval period. She has twice been a prizewinner in the Mail on Sunday Novel Writing Competition and won first prize in the New Writer Magazine's prose competition. Her novel To Be A Queen was picked as Editor's choice in the Spring 2015 Historical Novel Society Review. Annie has had various articles published in magazines, but writing novels is her first love and she has recently finished editing a further two novels set in the same period.


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Annie Whitehead graduated in history having specialised in the early medieval period. She has twice been a prizewinner in the Mail on Sunday Novel Writing Competition and won first prize in the New Writer Magazine's prose competition. Her novel To Be A Queen was picked as Editor's choice in the Spring 2015 Historical Novel Society Review. Annie has had various articles published in magazines, but ...


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Long-Listed for HNS Indie Book of the Year!!

4 June

TO Be A Queen was picked as Editor's choice by the Historical Novel Society Review for the Spring Quarter of 2015 and has now been long-listed for their Indie Book of the Year 2016


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