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E is a penniless actor making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face petty theft and a silver tongue As William’s star rises Richard’s onetime gratitude is souring and he is sorely tempted to abandon family loyaltySo when a priceless manuscript goes missing suspicion falls upon Richard forcing him onto a perilous path through a bawdy and freuently brutal London Entangled in a high stakes game of duplicity and betrayal which threatens not only his career. 4 stars It is obvious while reading this that Bernard Cornwell s new hobby is acting in theatre His well researched tale about the performance of A Mid Summer Nights Dream at the wedding of their sponsors daughter in 1795 at which ueen Elizabeth was in attendance is a delight to readRather than focusing on William the story revolves around younger brother Richard who until now as a boy has been playing girls and women but is tired of this wants to act in a male role and earn a decent living as an actorTo be honest I was taken aback by Cornwell s announcement that he would be releasing this novel especially since the majority of his followers were waiting on the next installment of Uhtred of Bebbanburg As it turns out I didn t have anything to fear it s a great book but if I had to criticise anything it would be the slightly repetitive nature of his storytelling In a longer book I would have forgiven this style but in such a short novel I found it unnecessary to be reminded again of something that I had only just finished reading a few pages ago I am detracting a star for this

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New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell makes a dramatic departure with this enthralling action packed standalone novel that tells the story of the first production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream as related by William Shakespeare’s estranged younger brother Lord what fools these mortals be In the heart of Elizabethan England Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses a world dominated by his older brother William But h. Hmmm not sure about this one Did I like it Yes in parts but then other parts fell flat for meIn the latter years of the sixteenth century the professional theatre as we know it was born Prior to this time there were plays and actors but the companies had nowhere to perform other than inns parish halls and some of the great houses until permanent playhouses were built in LondonIt s here that we make the auaintance of Richard Shakespeare an actor struggling to make a living in the shadow of his older brother William There s no love lost between the brothers William seems to take great joy in ridiculing Richard and as the popularity of theatre increases so does the rivalry between the brothers as well as the various playhouses playwrights and actors These rivalries lead to some underhand dealings and they also introduce us to some pretty nasty characters along the wayThere s no doubt that Bernard Cornwell writes with great skill and he really brings the Elizabethan era to life It needs little imagination to walk the streets of 16th century London such are his literary talents However I found it really difficult to invest in any of the characters The storyline focused on Richard leaving William very much in the shade and naturally because of this Richard was definitely the most fleshed out the most interesting of all the characters but unfortunately it didn t really work for meThank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

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And potential fortune but also the lives of his fellow players Richard has to call on all he has now learned from the brightest stages and the darkest alleyways of the city To avoid the gallows he must play the part of a lifetime Showcasing the superb storytelling skill that has won Bernard Cornwell international renown Fools and Mortals is a richly portrayed tour de force that brings to life a vivid world of intricate stagecraft fierce competition and consuming ambiti. 35 stars was my original rating but having reviewed it now I realise I got a lot from the history so I m rounding up to a full 4 starsI m not sure that staunch fans of Bernard Cornwell would love this I have loved some of his work but overall it s too focused on war battles and fighting This is not action packed in a way that Cornwell lovers will be used to So this story set in Elizabethan times was a novel I was looking forward to I am also picky about stories set in Tudor times There s a lot of fiction on the market 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10 thoughts on “Fools and Mortals

  1. says:

    Hmmm not sure about this one Did I like it? Yes in parts but then other parts fell flat for meIn the latter years of the sixteenth century the professional theatre as we know it was born Prior to this time there were plays and actors

  2. says:

    Bernard Cornwell takes us into the Elizabethan era and the world of the theatre evolving from a transient company of players touring London and other towns to the birth of permanent theatre with buildings built solely for this purp

  3. says:

    This feel good adventure in the Elizabethan era is full of detail and emotion Slow to build but well worth the inv

  4. says:

    Hmm perhaps this was a bad choice for my first foray into the world of Bernard Cornwell I've seen his books around for years and after my recent binge read and love of Ken Follett's epic Pillars of the Earth trilogy I was longing for some historical fiction This was just so bland and tame in comparison thoughGlancing around reviews I see that this is outside of the author's usual comfort zone making me think I should maybe try The Last King

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    UPDATE Just got an eReaderI alert this is 299 in the US Kindle Store 100% worth itSo I took my sweet time finishing this o

  6. says:

    4 stars ⛤⛤⛤⛤It is obvious while reading this that Bernard Cornwell's new hobby is acting in theatre His well researched tale about the performance of A Mid Summer Nights Dream at the wedding of their sponsors daughter in 17

  7. says:

    My first Bernard Cornwell and I loved every second of itSet in the Elizabethan era this follows a group of theatrical players as they battle against the disreputable name of their trade to hone their craft and strive to continue doin

  8. says:

    35 stars was my original rating but having reviewed it now I realise I got a lot from the history so I’m rounding up to

  9. says:

    For my full review visit me at has written a lot of books and this is my first “date” with him I was enchanted by the Elizabethan setting and enticed by the Shakespeare theme And this is what I enjoyed the most about this story On the other hand I found the characters confusing and the actual plot a bit dull It’s

  10. says:

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewShakespeare? Check Intrigue? Check Plenty of fun? Check I'm sol

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