Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: Shakespeare's Lady

As a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth, Emilia Bassano's entire life is devoted to pleasing her queen.  When commanded to become the mistress of a man decades her senior, she does so.  When given in marriage to a man she detests, she acquiesces.  She would never dream of defying the ruler she idolizes . . . until she falls in love with the Queen's favorite playwright, William Shakespeare.

Alexa Schnee's Shakespeare's Lady (Guideposts, 2012) is a fascinating blend of historical fact and fiction.  Based on the life of Emilia Bassano Lanier, one of the first English women to publish a volume of poetry, Shakespeare's Lady explores the theory that Lanier was the Dark Lady of Shakespeare's sonnets.  Though there is no proof that Lanier was Shakespeare's mistress, it's plausible, and it certainly makes a fine romantic tale.  Shakespeare's Lady is a very entertaining read.

I received a complimentary copy of Shakespeare's Lady to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

8 comments:

G-Man said...

Methinks these are words for Damsels....

manicddaily said...

It does sound very interesting.

Brian Miller said...

i do thing g-man is onto something...

Kelly said...

I love historical fiction, but I'm afraid it might have a wee bit more romance than I usually like.

Fireblossom said...

Writing got him chicks. That's why he did it.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Sounds good!

jewaicious said...

This sounds like my type of read, historical fiction and anything British.

I will check it out, due to your review.

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

haha G-man. You suspect "Chick Lit"? There certainly has been a lot of interest in Shakespeare's life of late, hasn't there?

I'm not a fan of "Brit-lit", myself (and definitely not a fan of the current silliness that is the dysfunctional "Royal Family"). I guess that makes me a terrible Canadian, doesn't it? ;)

Glad you enjoyed it though!