The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0660 Thursday, 20 November 2008
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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