On Sale: February 5, 2009
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Historical | Fiction
A delicious and intriguing historical novel about the
woman who was William Shakespeareâ€™s secret wifeâ€” by New
York Timesâ€“bestselling author, Karen
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 oneâ€”not even Queen Elizabeth or
her spymastersâ€”can destroy. From rural Stratford-upon-
Avon to teeming London, the passionate pair struggles to
stay solvent and remain safe from Elizabeth Iâ€™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 Willâ€™s first plays and, as he climbs to
theatrical power in Elizabethâ€™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 Anneâ€™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.
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