books that make you go hmmm...

Stumbled across this future non-fiction paperback release tonight and since it pertains to Elizabeth I you know I had to take a closer look.  It sounds like it's got promise, but given that it's non-fiction we shall see if the author has done his homework and portrays it in an entertaining way!  The hardback was released in April of this year and has gotten some pretty good reviews, so I may just have to check it out!

What are your thoughts?

Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth
by Charles Beauclerk 

Release Date:  January 4, 2011

SYNOPSIS:  It is perhaps the greatest story never told: the truth behind the most-enduring works of literature in the English language, perhaps in any language. Who was the man behind Hamlet? What passion inspired the sonnets, whose words were so powerful that “not marble, nor the gilded monuments Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme? In Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom, critically acclaimed historian Charles Beauclerk pulls off an astounding feat, humanizing the Bard who for centuries has remained beyond our grasp.

Beauclerk has spent more than two decades researching the authorship question, and if the plays were discovered today, he argues, we would see them for what they are--shocking political works written by a court insider, someone with the monarch's indulgence, shielded from repression in an unstable time of armada and reformation. But the author's identity was quickly swept under the rug after his death. The official history--of an uneducated merchant writing in near obscurity, and of a virginal queen married to her country--dominated for centuries. Shakespeare's Lost Kingdom delves deep into the conflicts and personalities of Elizabethan England, as well as the plays themselves, to tell the true story of the Soul of the Age.



  1. What an interesting prospect. A new and different approach to Shakespeare and his works. I'll be looking for this one next year.

  2. Yep...definitely going to have to read this one. Elizabeth AND Shakespeare? <3 Non-fiction is tricky though because sometimes it can be so darn boring! We shall see, I guess. Thanks for sharing!

  3. It does sound very intriguing! I will have to check it out!


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