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- File size : 5476 KB
- Publication date : July 8, 2019
- Print length : 331 pages
- ASIN : B07V39226M
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Bublish, Incorporated; 2nd edition (July 8, 2019)
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,483 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The novel’s premise arises from a decree of the time that no aristocracy may debase themselves by being involved in commoner pursuits, such as the theater. That doesn’t work for Lord Oxford, a passionate poet and playwright, who is also passionate about Queen Elizabeth. They secretly marry and conceive an heir to the throne, which haunts them beyond their deaths. But because of their liaison in life, Queen Elizabeth allows Oxford to indulge in his art behind the mask of another’s name.
That person is Oxford’s devoted secretary, William Shaxper—an ambitious nobody enamored with the theater, who weasels into Oxford’s graces and rises from “bucolic obscurity” to Oxford’s business partner and official impostor. The ruse lasts for decades; and even when old Shaxper is dying, he is unable to confess his role because of the constant twists and turns of the times.
What times they were—war, plague, rebellion, court intrigues, tortures, and hangings for sins and alliances that changed with the wind. In this era, plays, which we know today as just another medium of entertainment, were used as political weapons. So the masquerade risked dangerous consequences.
The story is told from Shaxper’s viewpoint with occasional switches to other key players.These shifts allow the plot to proceed sequentially and build suspense. The writing is adept, and the narrative is compelling.
The novel is enriched with extracts from Shakespeare’s works and supported by meticulous research. It takes the reader back centuries to the origin of our literary culture, at the same time amusing us with human strengths and frailties that haven’t changed a whit, and presenting serious things to think about.
"Shakespeare’s Changeling" is historical fiction at its finest, while making a strong case for the story being historical fact.
So much in our current lives prevents us from imagining the motivations behind behavior back then. For example, the need to hide behind a pen-name?!? Unfathomable. Not to mention the drama of mistaken identities that could arise from that. Her book adds to our understanding of not only those who inhabited that era, but also what, in Ms. Levin Kline’s research-supported imagination, led to the current day’s authorship dilemma. It’s a fascinating and delightful journey. — Robin Phillips
I got a kick out of Shaxper--the small-beer-drinking, half-wit, know-it-all. Especially when he dared to dream he had a shot with the man's last wife.
The style was also impressive, with Elizabethan vocabulary and tone used to set the scene, again without losing the modern reader.