Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

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Read Fools and Mortals 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...

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...

Lucy rated it ★★★★★

October 16, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Shakespeare? Check. Intrigue? Check. Plenty of fun? Check. I'm sold! Despite having watched The Last Kingdom on TV, I've never got around to reading any books by Bernard Cornwell, so I was delighted to give this one a...

Richard rated it ★★★★☆

November 13, 2017

8/10 If you’d have said I would have enjoyed a book about the trials and tribulations of actors in the 16th century and the complexities of writing, producing and performing a play then I would have quite easily said you were full of something. However, I requested this book more because of who wr...

Roman Clodia rated it ★★★☆☆

September 29, 2017

A feel-good romp of a novel that bears more than a passing resemblance to Shakespeare in Love, albeit without the romance and emotional edge. Cornwell's research is sometimes worn a bit heavily ('Titania! A lovely name,' Father Laurence said, 'your brother took it from Ovid, didn't he?' 'Did he?'...

Leah rated it ★★★★★

December 10, 2017

Pursued by a bear... A new playhouse is opening in London and the owners are determined to make it a huge success. Actors are easy to get hold of but new plays are the magic that bring in the playgoers. Over at the Theatre, Richard Shakespeare is struggling to survive on the measly wages he receiv...

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