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Her Majesty's Will [Kindle Edition]

David Blixt
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"I LOVE this book! I'm laughing and on the edge of my seat and turning the e-pages so fast, I'm gonna fry my iPad." - C.W. GORTNER, The Queen's Vow and The Tudor Secret

"I loved Her Majesty's Will, a delightful romp through Elizabethan England. When Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe stumble onto a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth, the fun is non-stop, an irresistible mix of suspense, surprises, and humor I just hope we get to see this zany team again." - SHARON KAY PENMAN, The Sunne In Splendour and Lionheart      

From the Author

HER MAJESTY'S WILL is many things.
It's a spy novel.
It's a Tudor novel.
It's a Shakespeare novel.
It's my answer to the film Anonymous.
It's inspired by Tom Jones (both the novel and the film).
It's an ode to the late Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series.
But most of all, it's an homage to Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. I've always loved the Road Movies, the original buddy comedies. So when I first conceived this rather ridiculous story, it leapt from my brain like Athena from the brow of Zeus, fully formed.
Will Shakespeare. Kit Marlowe. The Babington Plot. Absurd!
And yet - Marlowe was a spy for Walsingham. Shakespeare did have these 'lost years' between Stratford and his first recorded London appearance. And the cast of London characters is far too good to resist.
I love spy novels, with secrets and reveals. But too often the right piece of information comes along at just the right moment. What if it didn't? What if we think we have all the pieces, only to discover we're just really bad at being a spy.
I love Tudor novels, with their copious details and period flavor. But too many of them seem to view the world from the court down, not the gutter up. Actors were the ones who bridged that divide, residing in the gutter but playing for monarchs. Warfare, church, and theatre - the three modes of social mobility. What if we never even get more than a glimpse of Elizabeth and her court?
And I love Shakespeare, love him too much to leave him in peace. Because while I love him, I do not revere him. His characters are great, but his plots are pretty dumb. He stole everything he ever wrote, and just happened to improve it along the way, thereby helping to create the modern idea of humanity.
So for HER MAJESTY'S WILL, I employed a ridiculous stolen plots with copious details amid lots of secrets and reveals. Most of all, it's a buddy comedy. Will and Kit on the Road to London.
I hope it's as fun to read as it was to write. Because I was smiling the whole time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615776485
  • Publisher: Sordelet Ink (April 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XK63ZG
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun surprise November 9, 2012
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I am generally very careful about the books I bother to download to my kindle from the free area. Yeah, I got it the day it was a freebie. Lucky me! I was having a lazy day and didn't really read more than it was an Elizabethan era spy book with Shakespeare and Marlowe as main characters.

Imagine my surprise when I start to read and it's FUNNY! I actually laughed aloud twice and made stifled humor noises at least four more times. As I read I was reminded of two favorite authors of my teens/early 20s: Robert Asprin and Spider Robinson. The repartee between characters reminded me of the fast paced, funny world of Asprin's Myth Adventures and there was a bar that could have turned into Robinson's Callahan's Place if the book were in the Sci-Fi genre. I found that I still love the funny, punny, witty style story. (I was further surprised upon reading the post script to find the author actually knew and was inspired by Robert Asprin. And horribly, that Asprin had passed away in 2008. I hate when I find out a favorite author has passed. I'll have to pull out my physical Phule's Company and Myth Adventures books for a memorial reading. sniff)

I started this book ten minutes before bed as I had just finished one of P F Chisholm's "Sir Robert Carey Mysteries." The thought of waking up without a book waiting for me is almost unbearable. I generally read the first chapter of the next book and then put it down. Not this time. I read it till I fell asleep. This was on my precious Kindle that I treat better than my eye glasses, cell phone or husband! (It survived intact; thank you for your concern.)

I'm a voracious reader- averaging about 700 pages a day. That being said, I don't often bother to review books unless they were hideous or quite good. Three is a good review from me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Will of Blixt (Her Majesty's Will ) November 3, 2012
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David Blixt has combined his depth of knowledge of Shakespeare with an inventive imagination to produce a period novel that is an easy and entertaining read. The historic characters appear true to form and the additional characters are decribed with a skill that brings them to life and gives them an energy that springs them from the pages. A good read and great value, if you like period novels you will not be disappointed. Buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinite Jest April 16, 2013
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Writing a novel about William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe is an audacious venture, but I know of no writer who could pull it off as well as David Blixt. David Blixt is both a Shakespearian actor and a writer of historical fiction. Among his delightful creations are The Lord of Verona and Colossus, Stone and Steel.
A fugitive from injustice, Will Shakespeare, AKA Will Falstaff, is employed at teaching in a rural school in Lancashire. His pupils are less than promising. There is a ruckus outside the school room and Will ends up rescuing a damsel in distress who is being accosted and mauled by two ruffians. The damsel turned out to be no damsel at all, but a young man named Christopher Marlowe, who, it turns out, is in the employ of Sir Edward Walsingham who heads the secret service of good Queen Bess. Young Kit Marlowe believes that he has uncovered a plot by Papists to assassinate the Queen and place Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne, thereby restoring England to Catholicism.
Marlowe convinces Will that his life is now in danger and he must flee with him to London. It's a case of "Please don't throw me in the brier patch." Young Will finds London, despite its obvious dangers and intense urban blight, much to his liking.
"It was a remarkable discovery, one that Will vowed then and there not to forget. There was more life in these low beings, in these clowns and vagabonds, these rakes and hellions, these criminals and idiots, than in all the respectable gentlemen of the court. Huffing Kate, Blacke Davie, Tarlton, Cutting Ball-these creatures positively teemed with spirit, overflowing the meager cups of their existence with their humor, their desires, their very essence. They were as worthy of immortality as the highest monarch born to the throne.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Shakespeare is Sexy??!! July 9, 2012
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Her Majesty's Will was the first David Blixt novel I've read, but certainly hasn't been the last. What a great one to start with! I had no preconceptions or advance knowledge about this book before downloading it onto my Kindle app, so it was to my delight to find that this book takes up the young Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as somewhat hapless spies trying to thwart a conspiracy to assassinate Queen Bess and get their early introduction into playwriting and acting. Oh my God, the wit! The laughs! The action and thrills! This novel has it all and I defy anyone to start reading it and be able to put it down. I think this is the first of another excellent series by Mr. Blixt and I can't wait for the next adventure of the intrepid Will and Kit!

Not enough to deduct a star in my rating because this book and Blixt's story-telling is JUST THAT GOOD, but there are a number of editing errors throughout the novel (is it a problem only with the Kindle edition?). Usually word misplacements and the like are like "speed bumps" to me as I'm reading and if they accumulate it can have an overall negative effect on my enjoyment and assessment of the book and the writer. Not in this case; however, I do wish that Blixt had been able to settle on either White Hart or White Stag for the pub/inn that plays a somewhat pivotal role in the action. Oh, well!

Highly recommended! Get this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining enough
I enjoyed this one and might read this author again. Just not my favorite of the time period.
Published 1 month ago by R. Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT more Kit & Will spy stories.
I cannot say just how much I enjoyed this story. I love history and Shakespeare but I just haven't been able to slog through any of the biographical tomes about him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Gwendolyn E Druyor
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Kit and Will
I can't resist fiction that brings together Shakespeare and Marlowe, and this novel is great fun. I also recommend The Master of Verona!
Published 18 months ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars It was really great, but...
This could have been a five-star review. I really like David Blixt's books. He's clever, witty, and engaging. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. R. Gyll
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful romp!
A delightful romp through Shakespearean England, with a lot of high-falutin Shakespearean language as the characters' native tongue. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Baddorf
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic historical fiction
If you have ever wondered about the lost years in Shakespeare's life look no further. In Her Majesty's Will, David Blixt has created a funny, lighthearted historical fiction where... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ScrappyDew
4.0 out of 5 stars Her Majesty's Will
I enjoyed this story giving one possible history for the famous Shakespeare. There were some words that I am assuming are very old and that's why my kindle didn't have definitions... Read more
Published on May 18, 2013 by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly a Great Romp!
I'm a little leery of the Historical Fiction genre available on Kindle's lending library shelves - too much heaving-bosom romance and I found the cover art shown not encouraging. Read more
Published on March 24, 2013 by Karen Essig
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, moves right along
Fun adventure with a young Will Shakespeare. Well written. Nice touch to reference future plays to be written by Will.
Published on February 5, 2013 by Linda Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Majesty's Will
A bit loose with the history, but nevertheless, a very good story.
A fast read with just enough depth to make it interesting without
becomming boring.
Published on February 4, 2013 by Howard Robbns
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More About the Author

2013 Editor's Choice from the Historical Novel Society (FORTUNE'S FOOL) and 2015 Finalist for the M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction (THE PRINCE'S DOOM).

Author David Blixt's work is consistently described as "intricate," "taut," and "breathtaking." A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D series) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as hapless 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."

David continues to write, act, and travel. He has ridden camels around the pyramids at Giza, been thrown out of the Vatican Museum and been blessed by John-Paul II, scaled the Roman ramp at Masada, crashed a hot-air balloon, leapt from cliffs on small Greek islands, dined with Counts and criminals, climbed to the top of Mount Sinai, and sat in the Prince's chair in Verona's palace. But David is happiest at his desk, weaving tales of brilliant people in dire and dramatic straits. 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

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