The Fatal Crown Author:Ellen Jones The twelfth century in England and Normandy was a time of pageantry, treachery, and unbridled ambition. Even as the age of chivalry was dawning, rampant desires fought a never ending battle with spiritual ideals; archrivals became illicit lovers; and the question of who would wear the crown of England splintered loyalties across the land. — When ... more »King Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, loses his only legitimate son and heir in a boating accident, he makes the unprecedented decision to pass the crown of England on to his daughter, the beautiful and headstrong Maud. Expecting the crown to be his, and now denied it, is the equally headstrong Stephen, King Henry's nephew and Maud's illicit lover.
Both Maud and Stephen are willful Normans whose blood races with the twin fires of ambition and passion. But theirs is a forbidden love and a doomed one, no match against their hunger for the crown. Defying Maud and disregarding his feelings for her, Stephen usurps the throne, an act that unleashes in Maud a vengeful fury to reclaim what is rightfully hers.« less