Shakespeare and the Countess

    Shakespeare and the Countess

    The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe

    Chris Laoutaris

    Fig Tree 2014

    Hardback 527pp Illustrated

    9781905490967   Product Code: 18342

    In 1596, Shakespeare and his company prepared to occupy a new theatre in Blackfriars. For one local resident, the formidable Dowager Countess Russell, it was a case of 'there goes the neighbourhood'. Against a backdrop of Elizabethan intrigue, Chris Laoutaris' tour de force of historical detection charts for the first time the life of this arch-schemer, secret service agent and early champion of women's rights, and reveals how her determined campaign to thwart the actors almost destroyed Shakespeare's career.

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