Mistress Shakespeare

Mistress Shakespeare

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780399155451
Branch Call Number: HAR
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 04, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit awkward in places, but the character was well rounded, and the story was very absorbing. I've read some of her contemporary books and didn't like them, so this is a welcome surprise. I will try some of her other historical novels. 4 stars.

swalker16 Dec 30, 2012

I enjoyed the book very much and plan to read more of her books. I have read books about this era by other authors and would recommend this author's intrepretation of the time period if you are squeemish as she does not go into detail about some of the cruel punishments of the day. If you are a fan of Wm Shakespeare plays and sonnets, you will enjoy this book.

Feb 04, 2011

interesting - captures the era. Tended to skim through the book.

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