Dark Aemilia

Dark Aemilia

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""For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright; Who art as black as hell, as dark as night." William Shakespeare, Sonnet 147 "
In the boldest imagining of the era since "Shakespeare in Love "and "Elizabeth," a finalist for the Italian Premio del Castello del Terriccio, this spellbinding novel of witchcraft, poetry, and passion, brings to life Aemilia Lanyer, the "Dark Lady" of Shakespeare s Sonnets the playwright s muse and his one true love. The daughter of a Venetian musician but orphaned as a young girl, Aemilia Bassano grows up in the court of Elizabeth I, becoming the Queen s favorite. She absorbs a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a striking young woman with a sharp mind and a quick tongue. Now brilliant, beautiful, and highly educated, she becomes mistress of Lord Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain and Queen s cousin. But her position is precarious; when she falls in love with court playwright William Shakespeare, her fortunes change irrevocably. A must-read for fans of Tracy Chevalier ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") and Sarah Dunant ("The Birth of Venus"), Sally O Reilly s richly atmospheric novel compellingly re-imagines the struggles for power, recognition, and survival in the brutal world of Elizabethan London. She conjures the art of England s first professional female poet, giving us a character for the ages a woman who is ambitious and intelligent, true to herself, and true to her heart."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 39.12mm | 843g
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 190843449X
  • 9781908434494
  • 2,639,318

About Sally O'Reilly

Sally O Reilly has a PhD in creative writing from Brunel University, London, and is a lecturer in creative writing at the Open University. She is the author of "How to be a Writer "and (as Sam O Reilly) two previous novels, "The Best Possible Taste" and "You Spin Me Round." Her short stories have appeared in the UK, Australia, and South Africa."
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656 ratings
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