Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

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Fools and Mortals Read Online Free - A dramatic new departure for international bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, FOOLS AND MORTALS takes us into the heart of the Elizabethan era, long one of his favourite periods of British history.

Fools and Mortals follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.

Showcasing his renowned storyteller’s skill, Bernard Cornwell has created an Elizabethan world incredibly rich in its portrayal: you walk the London streets, stand in the palaces and are on stage in the playhouses, as he weaves a remarkable story in which performances, rivalries and ambition combine to form a tangled web of intrigue.

Title : Fools and Mortals
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ISBN : 000750411X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages


Paromjit rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2017

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 purpose. The popularity of plays with audiences puts pressure for new...

Maureen rated it ★★★☆☆

October 13, 2017

Hmmm, not sure about this one. Did I like it? Yes, in parts, but then other parts fell flat for me. In 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 inn...

Emma rated it ★★★★★

September 27, 2017

This feel-good adventure in the Elizabethan era is full of detail and emotion. Slow to build but well worth the investment, it follows Richard Shakespeare, theatre player and resentful sibling to the talented, Will. Not immediately likeable, this is a journey of Richard's growth as much as anythi...

Emily May rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 25, 2017

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 more historical fiction. This was just so bland and...

A Bald Mage** rated it ★★★★★

September 28, 2017

via GIPHY Bald Mage Rating 8.5/10 I would like to thank HarperCollins UK and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book for free, the release date for the book is 19th October 2017 (Things base and vile, holding no quantity, Love can transpose to form and dignity: Love looks not w...

Dannii rated it ★★★★☆

January 08, 2018

My first Bernard Cornwell and I loved every second of it! Set 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 doing what they love. But this is not just any group of players....

Emma rated it ★★★★☆

December 23, 2017

3.5 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 stars. I’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. Th...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

January 05, 2018

So I took my sweet time finishing this one, but there was so much to savor about it. There seems to have been a revived interest in William Shakespeare this year, with the airing of the show Will over the summer. Unfortunately my understanding is that the show has been cancelled after only one se...

Ace rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2017

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 Queen Elizabeth was in attendance), is a delight to read. Rat...

Fiona rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2017

A hugely enjoyable, almost entirely fictitious, romp through Shakespearean England narrated by Richard, Will’s brother. The plays are brought to life by Richard’s descriptions of performances and the book is clearly well researched in respect of how early theatre worked. It would be 5 stars excep...

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