Fools and Mortals
General Fiction (Adult) , Historical Fiction
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction
19 Oct 2017
A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favorite periods of British history.
Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.
Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.
When you get the chance to read the latest Bernard Cornwell your initial response should be ‘OH yes PLEASE!’.
Cornwell is a master storyteller and this time he takes us to the Elizabethan era where traveling theater groups settle down and start their own theaters. ‘Fools and Mortals’ follows the rivalry between the brothers Shakespeare.
Full of details, it sucks you in and at the end it spits you out as an expert on Elizabethan theater.