About the Book:
Before he was famous, he was a fugitive.
Before he wrote of humanity, he lived it.
Before he was the Bard of Avon, he was a spy.
A very poor spy.
England, 1586. Swept up in the skirts of a mysterious stranger, Will Shakespeare becomes entangled in a deadly and hilarious misadventure as he accidentally uncovers the Babington Plot, an attempt to murder Queen Elizabeth herself. Aided by the mercurial wit of Kit Marlowe, Will enters London for the first time, chased by rebels, spies, his own government, his past, and a bear.
Through it all he demonstrates his loyalty and genius, proving himself to be - HER MAJESTY'S WILL.
About the Author:
Author and playwright David Blixt's work is consistently described as "intricate," "taut," and "breathtaking." A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D series, including THE MASTER OF VERONA, VOICE OF THE FALCONER, and FORTUNE'S FOOL) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, "Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It's well worth it."
Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as "actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order."
For more about David and his novels, visit www.davidblixt.com.
It took a bit to catch on that this book is a farce. Sometimes I'm slow. Once I did I just let reality go and that's when I started to enjoy the book. 'Cause if you're looking for a lot of historical fact - it ain't here. If you're looking for fun historical conjecture then this is the book for you.
William Falstaff is teaching in a school when he hears a kerfuffle outside and he goes forth to rescue a damsel in distress. Using his acting skill he puts forth that he is a great swordsman and the attackers back off - vowing to return with greater forces. He sends the beautiful lady off to his rooms to recover and he soon follows for what he assumes will be his erm, reward. What he finds when he gets there will change the entire course of his life. Which incidentally has already been set asunder by having to leave the town he has known all his life under a cloud of suspicion. He can't even use his real name, William Shakespeare.
What follows is a fast paced, crazy romp through Elizabethan England. Encounters with Catholics working for the imprisoned Queen Mary and the infamous Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's spymaster all come into play. As Falstaff/Shakespeare and his partner in crime, Kit Marlowe use their wit and acting abilities to get themselves out of impossible situations all the while trying to save Queen Elizabeth from a plot to kill her.
It was silly, it was ridiculous, it was fun. The references to various plays of the time and the seeds planted for future Shakespeare classics made it all the more sly. I must say that I enjoyed the craziness even as I was shaking my head with the absurdity of it all. Mr. Blixt can turn a phrase.
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Disclosure: I received an e-copy of Her Majesty's Will gratis from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Any opinions expressed are my honest opinions and were not impacted by my receipt of the free book. I received no monetary compensation for my post.