Shakespeare: the most famous man in London by Tony Thompson

This is a great book for anybody who has studied Shakespeare at school (or is about to) and who thinks that Shakespeare is someone they can’t relate to. Is he stuffy? Is he a quiet person who sits in his room all day writing plays?


He’s young and handsome, and a talented actor and playwright who makes it big with his plays in London. But he’s much more than a celebrity. He’s a skilled swordsman who makes sure he carries two daggers with him at all times. Why? His friend, Christopher Marlowe, has been murdered and Will knows he’s going to have watch his back.

As the blurb on the back of the book says:

Will Shakespeare’s London was filled with murderers, con men and tricksters, witches, rogue clowns and even a few cannibals – inspirational ingredients for some of the most popular plays ever written.

This is the story of a man considered to be the greatest writer in the history of the English language.

Here are some of the chapter headings to give you a taste of the style of writing:

  • Elizabethan London, or why Shakespeare’s plays are so violent
  • Why Shakespeare couldn’t spell his name or find Bohemia on the map
  • How things went from bad to worse to better for William Shakespeare
  • How Shakespeare lost a clown and became a better writer
  • How Shakespeare and his friends stole a theatre
  • How gunpowder and witches helped Shakespeare to write a ‘Scottish Play’.
  • Why Shakespeare left his wife his second-best bed

Be sure to have a look at this book.

You’ll never think of Shakespeare in the same way again.




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