What's the novel about?
For years two different conspiracy theories have arisen concerning the greatest playwrights of the Elizabethan theatre.
The first concerns William Shakespeare becoming England’s foremost writer virtually overnight when he was merely an unknown actor, with hardly any education and no opportunity to know so many of the subjects treated in his plays – subjects like court manners, military protocol, foreign travel and legal procedures.
Historians have discovered that Shakespeare was cast in a few stage walk-ons in his early career but was better known at that time “for holding horses for the gentry while they watched plays.”
In addition to the above there are so many other peculiarities about the greatest English playwright of all time -- peculiarities concerned with the lack of details about his life, his isolation from other writers at the time, the items he willed (and those he did not will) in his final testament, and even the fact that there are no documents existing today showing his handwriting, except for one signature which is highly suspect.
No wonder conspiracy theories arose.
The second conspiracy theory that has flourished for years concerns Christopher Marlowe. He was a spy who had been England’s top playwright prior to Shakespeare. But he had the dangerous habit of being vocally critical of the Church at a time when England was warring with Spain over which was the true Christian religion.
Marlowe was summoned to appear before the Privy Council on charges of treason because of these heretical rantings he was making across all of England. There was no doubt that he would be sentenced to die.
But a few days before his trial, Marlowe is suspiciously murdered in a small tavern outside London and immediately buried in an unmarked grave in a small country churchyard. The cause of the murder: a disagreement about a bill for dinner he was having with some unsavory comrades. The manner of death: a three-inch stab in his right eye.
No ceremonies. No tributes. No tombstone. Nothing.
Once again, the perfect beginnings of a conspiracy theory.
But some historians have wondered about putting the two theories together, suggesting that maybe Marlowe didn’t die and continued to write under the name of William Shakespeare.
The Shakespeare Conspiracy gives flesh, blood, and dialogue to those connected with the lives of these two men. But more so, it weaves together the details of both the above theories into an outrageous historicalnovel of deception, humor and detective work. The book is based on documented facts and records.
The Shakespeare Conspiracy will:
Give you a scandalous view of the real William Shakespeare, with his sexual peccadilloes, illegitimate children and mistresses…
Show you the gay world of England, when it was acceptable to be homosexual just so long as one stayed within one’s class – as did Kings like James I and Edward II -- and even Christopher Marlowe…
Intrigue you with the comedy of murder plots that go wrong and the antics of William Shakespeare as he panics, realizing that London suspects that he too may be gay…
Observe Inspector Henry Maunder matching wits with Christopher Marlowe’s patron, Sir Thomas Walsingham – one cleverly hiding the facts and the other cunningly discovering the truth…
Watch the arguments unfold, showing the actual reasons that many historians believe that it could have been Christopher Marlowe writing all those great works.
It’s a tale of murder, mayhem, manhunts and illicit love in the underbelly of London as the plague scourges the country and the greatest conspiracy plot of all time is hatched. It’s…The Shakespeare Conspiracy