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Re: Pop Shakespeares Assorted
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2326  Friday, 22 November 2002

From:           Sherri Fillingham <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Nov 2002 12:10:58 EST
Subject: 13.2315 Re: Pop Shakespeares Assorted
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2315 Re: Pop Shakespeares Assorted

I'm new to the list, and thus new to the conversation, but I just read
Harry Turtledove's latest book "Ruled Britannia" which features William
Shakespeare as the protagonist.

For those who aren't familiar with Turtledove's work, he does
alternative histories, usually focusing on the U.S.  This book, however,
shifts his focus and is set in an England that fell to the Spanish
Armada.  Thus, Protestant Elizabeth is in the Tower and the Spanish
Inquisition has a branch in England.  Both sides of the struggle turn to
the apolitical Shakespeare to write a play for their cause as Phillip II
is about to die.

While I never felt Shakespeare himself was in danger (which lessens much
of the tension of the book), it still possesses Turtledove's detailed
research and is a very interesting read.

And I apologize if someone else has already mentioned this.

Sherri Fillingham

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