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License to Quill
by Jacopo Della Quercia


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"License to Quill "is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: "Macbeth." You won't want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling


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Overview

"License to Quill "is a page-turning James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe during history's real life Gunpowder Plot. The story follows the fascinating golden age of English espionage, the tumultuous cold war gripping post-Reformation Europe, the cloak-and-dagger politics of Shakespeare's England, and lastly, the mysterious origins of the Bard's most haunting play: "Macbeth." You won't want to miss this fast-paced historical retelling



 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781250059659
  • ISBN-10: 1250059658
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • Publish Date: December 2015
  • Page Count: 384


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Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Espionage
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Historical
Books > Fiction > Alternative History

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

Della Quercia, who successfully blended steampunk and humor in The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy (2014), falls short of that standard in this mildly amusing Tudor historical, in which Thomas Walsingham, an intelligence operative in the service of Elizabeth I, stages Christopher Marlowes murder in 1593 to give his agent the chance for a peaceful retirement. The man who administers the supposedly fatal stab wound turns out to be William Shakespeare. In 1604, Guy Fawkes, a man of many faces, asks Shakespeare to write a tragedy about the abuse of power set in Scotland, a politically delicate request. The playwright reports the request to Walsingham, who asks him to go along with Fawkess scheme. The conceit has possibilities, but della Quercia overeggs the pudding by making his hero a 17th-century James Bond. Walsingham, whos referred to as W, has an attractive assistant named Miss Penny. Shakespeare becomes a member of the Ordnance Office, thus a Double-O operative. Many readers will wish for more subtlety. Agent: Sara Crowe, Harvey Klinger. (Dec.)

 
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