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“My hour is almost come” speaks the ghost as he pleads with Hamlet to avenge his murder (Act 1, Scene V). These same words are spoken four hundred years later by another ghost; a ghost who has waited centuries for the public to accept a woman behind the name William Shakespeare. But who was she? Thus begins the mystery of the 


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When Countess Elizabeth Trentham de Vere (aka Shakespeare) wrote about a double cherry in Midsummer Night’s Dream, was she thinking of her relationship with her husband, Edward de Vere, illustrating to the world proof of their collaboration?


As if our hands, our sides, voices, and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition; two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;

An outlandish statement?

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The Lady of the Play!

What People Are Saying!

About Lady of the Play

—Ingrid Delle Jacobson, Editor

“A thoroughly enjoyable read and lovely book! I was almost sorry to edit the last page. I was particularly impressed with the literary references and the amount of research that has gone into writing it.

Essentially two storylines in one book, the author has woven them together beautifully. The plot unfolds perfectly, the characters are easily imaginable and well described (and well researched in the historical chapters.) The descriptions of clothing, environs and society of the time in the historical chapters were also beautifully crafted, evocative and clearly well-researched.

Generally speaking, this book ticks all the boxes of ‘great reads’. I may be biased somewhat as I, too, am an avid Shakespeare fan (I have acted many Shakespearean roles as well) and for sure, other ‘Bardolators’ (apparently this is now a word for fans of Shakespeare!) will love this! Indeed, readers fond of historical or semi-historical novels will enjoy it too. Please write some more!”

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