1600s - England
For centuries, readers have debated the identity of the mysterious
Dark Lady in William Shakespeare's sonnets. Emilia Bassano --
lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth and one of the first women poets in
England -- could be the answer.
In Shakespeare's Lady,
Emilia Bassano is one of the most dazzling ladies at court when she
meets the little-known playwright William Shakespeare. Shakespeare sees
the world like no one ever has before, and despite everything -- his
wife in Stratford-Avon, Emilia's husband and young son, and the will of
the fiery and unpredictable queen -- they fall in love. But the course
of true love never did run smooth, and the Virgin Queen does not take
lightly to her ladies straying. These star-crossed lovers must fight for
their love -- and, eventually, their lives. Meanwhile, William,
courting the queen's favor for his new theater, pens some of the most
memorable stories ever written, and encourages Emilia to write; he helps
her compose, and eventually steals, a little bedtime story she calls A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In the tradition of Jane Austen Ruined My Life and The Other Boleyn Girl,
this is a breathtaking, emotionally rich story spun out of historical
fact. From the plague-ridden streets of London to the throne room of
Greenwich Court to the stage of The Globe Theater, this is a
meticulously researched and gorgeously written story about grace,
forgiveness, and the forbidden love between the greatest poet the world
has ever known and the woman who inspired him.