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Extended Audio Sample The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street (Unabridged), by Charles Nicholl
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Nicholl Narrator: Gareth Armstrong Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster - providing us with the only surviving record of his spoken words. The case seems routine - a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry - but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist's famously obscure life-story.

Charles Nicholl applies a powerful biographical magnifying glass to this fascinating but neglected episode in Shakespeare's life. Drawing evidence from a wide variety of sources, he conjures up a detailed and compelling description of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked.

This atmospheric exploration of Shakespeare at 40 sees him not from the viewpoint of literary greatness, but in the humdrum and very human context of Silver Street. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 1/31/2014

    " A good piece of historical detective work on Silver Street and Shakespeare's connections with his landlady. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Bryan | 1/28/2014

    " The Lodger Shakespeare takes most of its information on Shakespeare from a court case that he was involved involved with. The case has very little information, but the author stretches all he can out of it. The book becomes a history of the time that Shakespeare lived. This background I am sure will be interesting the next time I watch a play by him. Other than that this book was hard to get through with very little entertaining value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides | 1/24/2014

    " I remember reading this and being impressed with the information and research. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julia | 1/12/2014

    " A fresh approach to Shakespeare biography: more social history and material culture than grand narrative, centered on the few years that Shakespeare lodged in the house of a French Huegenot family who specialized in "tiring" (creating elaborate head dresses for ladies, and maybe actors, too). Fresh yet scholarly; fun to read; deeply informative. "

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About the Author

Charles Nicholl is an internationally acclaimed author who has written biographies, including Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind, as well as books on history and travel. His book The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe won the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for nonfiction. His Somebody Else: Arthur Rimbaud in Africa was awarded the Hawthornden Prize.