Shakespeare's Dark Secrets (Paperback)Chris Marlowe (author)
Paperback 116 Pages / Published: 01/05/2008
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Arthur Marlowe, a former geology engineer, park attendant and traffic warden, has been literally digging for the truth about William Shakespeare's enigmatic character for almost half a century. He is the only historian who has discovered and entered old vaults and tombs throughout the country in his quest to solve a mystery which has baffled experts for 400 years - namely who were the Dark Lady and Fair Youth of the sonnets and what was their relationship with the bard? He is convinced he has found the last resting place of Shakespeare's mistress and says there could be letters or even an unknown sonnet in the tomb, thus proving the link. But he has been denied permission to enter the vault where she lies. His investigation has led him to controversial conclusions about the poet's sexuality and he believes the Church hierarchy is blocking his attempts to lift the lid on Shakespeare's private life because it is too raunchy. Rather like an ageing modern-day Indiana Jones, Arthur demonstrates that resolute research, even as an amateur, can unearth new revelations when it seems all is known. His work challenges the Establishment's accepted views of the world's most celebrated dramatist. Editor Brian Paine has known and worked alongside the author for many years. As a journalist, he has edited books, magazines and newspapers in the UK and abroad, including Arthur Marlowe's earlier book, 'Digging for Truth' in 1978. He was also co-author of 'Unexplained Kent', an investigation into the paranormal published in 1997. William Shakespeare never fails to surprise. Although he died almost 400 years ago, he keeps appearing - in books, on television and in films. Arguments still rage about whether he wrote the plays and sonnets which have captivated us for so long. But do we really know what made this literary genius tick? What was he like? And who were the influences on his life and work? In this challenging book, amateur archaeologist and historian, Arthur Marlowe, strips away the veils of time and attempts to reveal the poet's true character. By discovering vaults and tombs of Shakespeare's contemporaries, he convincingly identifies candidates for the titles of the Dark Lady and Fair Youth of the sonnets and also suggests the dramatist may have known about the infamous Gunpowder Plot, which was financed by his cousin, Frances Tresham. Throughout his investigations, the common theme has been to try to find out the truth about the Bard of Stratford. As for the author says: 'He is an enigmatic character and I want to solve the mystery before I finish up in a grave myself!'
Publisher: Upfront Publishing
Number of pages: 116
Weight: 157 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 6 mm
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