The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0660  Thursday, 20 November 2008

From:        Marilyn A. Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:        Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 14:07:36 -0500
Subject:     New Novel about Shakespeare

QUOTE from http://www.amazon.com/Mistress-Shakespeare-Karen-Harper/dp/0399155457:
Mistress Shakespeare (2009)
A novel by Karen Harper
A delicious and intriguing historical novel about the woman who was William 
Shakespeare's secret wife - by New York Times-bestselling author, Karen Harper.

In _Mistress Shakespeare_, Elizabethan beauty Anne Whateley reveals intimate 
details of her dangerous, daring life and her great love, William Shakespeare. 
As historical records show, Anne Whateley of Temple Grafton is betrothed to Will 
just days before he is forced to wed the pregnant Anne Hathaway of Shottery. The 
clandestine Whateley/Shakespeare match is a meeting of hearts and heads that no 
one -- not even Queen Elizabeth or her spymasters -- can destroy. From rural 
Stratford-upon- Avon to teeming London, the passionate pair struggles to stay 
solvent and remain safe from Elizabeth I's campaign to hunt down secret 
Catholics, of whom Shakespeare is rumored to be a part. Often at odds, always in 
love, the couple sells Will's first plays and, as he climbs to theatrical power 
in Elizabeth's England, they fend off fierce competition from rival London 
dramatists, ones as treacherous as they are talented. Persecution and plague, 
insurrection and inferno, friends and foes, even executions of those they hold 
dear, bring Anne's heartrending story to life. Spanning half a century of 
Elizabethan and Jacobean history and sweeping from the lowest reaches of society 
to the royal court, this richly textured novel tells the real story of 
Shakespeare in love.

Aside from the rather obvious tampering w/ historical verities for this text, 
Ms. Harper is known for her historical mystery novels where good Queen Bess and 
her buddies, Cecil, her herb mistress, an actor, and several others sneak out of 
the palace repeatedly to solve mysteries.  /sigh

If you want a good hist myst series about Elizabeth I, try Fiona Buckley.

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