IN THE HEART OF ELIZABETHAN LONDON, ONE MAN MUST RISK ALL AND PLAY THE PART OF A LIFETIME.
Richard Shakespeare dreams of a glittering career in one of the London playhouses, a world dominated by his older brother, William. But Richard is a penniless actor, making ends meet through a combination of a beautiful face, petty theft, and a silver tongue. As William’s star rises, Richard’s onetime gratitude is souring.
When a priceless manuscript goes missing, suspicion falls on Richard, and he becomes entangled in a high-stakes game of duplicity and betrayal that threatens not only his career and potential fortune but also the lives of his fellow players. To avoid the gallows, he must call on all he has learned from the brightest stages and the darkest alleyways of the city.
Showcasing the superb storytelling skill that has won Bernard Cornwell international renown, Fools and Mortals is a tour de force that brings to life a vivid world of intricate stagecraft, fierce competition, and consuming ambition.