The Battle that Gave Birth to the Globe
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.