The Dark Lady's Mask

  • by Mary Sharratt
  • Narrated by Jilly Bond
  • 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful and accomplished, but her societal conformity ends there. She frequently cross-dresses to escape her loveless marriage and gain freedoms only men enjoy, but a chance encounter with a ragged, little-known poet named Shakespeare changes everything. They leave plague-ridden London for Italy, where they begin secretly writing comedies. Their Italian idyll, though, cannot last, and their collaborative affair comes to a devastating end.
Will gains fame and fortune for their plays back in London and, years later, publishes the sonnets mocking his former muse. Not one to stand by in humiliation, Aemilia takes up her own pen in her defense and in defense of all women.
The Dark Lady's Mask gives voice to a real Renaissance woman.


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Seeing Shakespeare from the perspective of his once lover and muse is truly a delight. If you love historical fiction, strong women and Shakespeare this book is a must. Enthralled from beginning to end.
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- Anonymouse!

Farfetched but lovely

Quite a saga! Very enjoyable. Beautifully read except I wish the narrator didn't actually whisper when the book says a character whispered! I listen in a sometimes loud room, so everything whispered was lost to me.
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- C. Perlmutter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC