|Pages/Publication Date:||384 / 2019|
In the heart of Elizabethan England, Richard Shakespeare dreams of a career in a London playhouse—a world dominated by his older brother William, now working on a fanciful new play. But Richard is a penniless actor, on the outs with his family and making his way with a beautiful face, a silver tongue, and petty theft. When a priceless manuscript goes missing, fingers point to Richard, forcing him onto a perilous path through bawdy, brutal London in a high stakes game of duplicity and betrayal—and he will have to play the part of a lifetime to survive it. Bernard Cornwell takes a dramatic departure from his Saxon tales with this standalone novel that tells the story behind the first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.