Brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss -- and in danger.
Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray's Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder.
Bacon's powerful uncle Lord Burghley suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man's legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets.
Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.
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Historical Fiction: My Guilty Pleasure
I recently binged a podcast called, “Historical Figures,” and found the Sir Francis Bacon episode (Season 1, Episode 32) particularly intriguing. I think that played a large part in getting me to take up this tale.
I have begun to find I really enjoy the melding of fictionalized situations with historical people and places. I think you’ll really enjoy this tale, if you’ll give it a try.
Murder by Misrule
I love historical fiction and this one did not disappoint.
The characters lived up to their history. The description of styles and clothing were close to what actually was in the 1500’s. If you don’t care for descriptions and a lot of historical data or early English terms and words this book may bog you down a bit. For me it set the scene for the mystery that was artfully woven into the story line. A good read.
Can’t live without Bacon
As an English lit major years ago my education is full of Francis Bacon and 16th century London. Loved the story and it’s true to the period scenes of life then. Worth the read. And Bacon’s brillance again raises the question: Did he actually write plays under the name of Shakespeare?