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Her Majesty's Will (English Edition) von [Blixt, David]
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Before he was famous, he was a fugitive.
Before he wrote of humanity, he lived it.
Before he was the Bard of Avon, he was a spy.

A very poor spy.

England, 1586. Swept up in the skirts of a mysterious stranger, Will Shakespeare becomes entangled in a deadly and hilarious misadventure as he accidentally uncovers the Babington Plot, an attempt to murder Queen Elizabeth herself. Aided by the mercurial wit of Kit Marlowe, Will enters London for the first time, chased by rebels, spies, his own government, his past, and a bear.

Through it all he demonstrates his loyalty and genius, proving himself to be - HER MAJESTY'S WILL.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Author and playwright David Blixt's work is consistently described as "intricate," "taut," and "breathtaking." A writer of Historical Fiction, his novels span the early Roman Empire (the COLOSSUS series, his play EVE OF IDES) to early Renaissance Italy (the STAR-CROSS'D series, including THE MASTER OF VERONA, VOICE OF THE FALCONER, and FORTUNE'S FOOL) up through the Elizabethan era (his delightful espionage comedy HER MAJESTY'S WILL, starring Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as inept spies). His novels combine a love of the theatre with a deep respect for the quirks and passions of history. As the Historical Novel Society said, "Be prepared to burn the midnight oil. It's well worth it." Living in Chicago with his wife and two children, David describes himself as "actor, author, father, husband. In reverse order." For more about David and his novels, visit


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 711 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 292 Seiten
  • Verlag: Sordelet Ink (22. April 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007XK63ZG
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This is, hands down, one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. I had a silly grin on my face much of the time, I laughed, I whooped, I cheered. And I think I'd have done that even without a passionate interest in all things Shakespeare. Though of course that was an extra bonus. Because, fellow citizens of the virtual world, this is a swashbuckling romp starring young Will Shakespeare and Christopher "Kit" Marlowe.

The author uses one of the theories about what Shakespeare did between the time he got married and the time he starts writing plays and acting in London, for which we have no documentation whatsover, to wit: he's being bored and frustrated as a schoolmaster (under the nome de plume of Will Falstaff because of that run in with Sir Thomas Lucy and the law back in Warwickshire) in Lancastershire when what appears to be a gorgeous dark haired woman is getting molested by a couple of ruffians. Before you can say Dark Lady Will intervenes. Except the Dark Lady is actually not a woman at all but Christopher Marlowe in spying disguise, the ruffians aren't after "her" virtue but after a conspiracy-incriminating letter Kit Marlowe has stolen, and before you know it Will and Kit are on the run together, having managed to stumble across the Babington plot which means not only are Catholic spies after them but so is Sir Francis Walsingham, lest they uncover his double agent. Cue lots of witty dialogue, bawdy puns, hair-raising escapes, and lots and lots of flirting between our two heroes, and I don't mean in an annoying nudge-nudge, wink-wink subtextual way, I mean textual, with Will surprising Kit by being an excellent kisser.
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It's hard not to get pretentious when writing Shakespeare as your main character. It's also hard not to be slightly embarrassing because your writing doesn't live up to the myth. Her Majesty's Will avoids both because it doesn't try to be anything other than what it is: great entertainment. It's funny, well-written, fast-paced and the dynamic between the two great playwrights is great fun and does both of them justice. I've read a number of novels with either Shakespeare or Marlowe as the protagonists (for example "Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon", "Ill Met by Moonlight" and "Tamburlaine Must Die"), and none of them are nearly as much fun or as well-written. The only better ones I've come across are Anthony Burgess' "Dead Man in Deptford" and "Nothing Like the Sun", but then it's hard to improve those two classics, and "Her Majesty's Will" aims for something very different.

Also, I cannot help but cheer for such a great put down of Oxfordians.
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HASH(0x96cbe9fc) von 5 Sternen Fun surprise 9. November 2012
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I am generally very careful about the books I bother to download to my kindle from the free area. Yeah, I got it the day it was a freebie. Lucky me! I was having a lazy day and didn't really read more than it was an Elizabethan era spy book with Shakespeare and Marlowe as main characters.

Imagine my surprise when I start to read and it's FUNNY! I actually laughed aloud twice and made stifled humor noises at least four more times. As I read I was reminded of two favorite authors of my teens/early 20s: Robert Asprin and Spider Robinson. The repartee between characters reminded me of the fast paced, funny world of Asprin's Myth Adventures and there was a bar that could have turned into Robinson's Callahan's Place if the book were in the Sci-Fi genre. I found that I still love the funny, punny, witty style story. (I was further surprised upon reading the post script to find the author actually knew and was inspired by Robert Asprin. And horribly, that Asprin had passed away in 2008. I hate when I find out a favorite author has passed. I'll have to pull out my physical Phule's Company and Myth Adventures books for a memorial reading. sniff)

I started this book ten minutes before bed as I had just finished one of P F Chisholm's "Sir Robert Carey Mysteries." The thought of waking up without a book waiting for me is almost unbearable. I generally read the first chapter of the next book and then put it down. Not this time. I read it till I fell asleep. This was on my precious Kindle that I treat better than my eye glasses, cell phone or husband! (It survived intact; thank you for your concern.)

I'm a voracious reader- averaging about 700 pages a day. That being said, I don't often bother to review books unless they were hideous or quite good. Three is a good review from me. (I'm not one of the paid pseudo reviewers who give anything they've been paid to review a five star rating.) Four stars means I enjoyed myself and want to read more by the author. Five stars means either a work way better than can be expected (such as a polished professional effort from a first time author) or that I want to have the book's children.

Ok, so I didn't want to bear this book's children, but I sure do hope there is more in store for the Marlowe/Shakespeare duo. It's a rare printed work that makes someone laugh out loud.
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HASH(0x96fe6f3c) von 5 Sternen The Will of Blixt (Her Majesty's Will ) 3. November 2012
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David Blixt has combined his depth of knowledge of Shakespeare with an inventive imagination to produce a period novel that is an easy and entertaining read. The historic characters appear true to form and the additional characters are decribed with a skill that brings them to life and gives them an energy that springs them from the pages. A good read and great value, if you like period novels you will not be disappointed. Buy it.
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HASH(0x96a58ccc) von 5 Sternen Will Shakespeare is Sexy??!! 9. Juli 2012
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Her Majesty's Will was the first David Blixt novel I've read, but certainly hasn't been the last. What a great one to start with! I had no preconceptions or advance knowledge about this book before downloading it onto my Kindle app, so it was to my delight to find that this book takes up the young Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe as somewhat hapless spies trying to thwart a conspiracy to assassinate Queen Bess and get their early introduction into playwriting and acting. Oh my God, the wit! The laughs! The action and thrills! This novel has it all and I defy anyone to start reading it and be able to put it down. I think this is the first of another excellent series by Mr. Blixt and I can't wait for the next adventure of the intrepid Will and Kit!

Not enough to deduct a star in my rating because this book and Blixt's story-telling is JUST THAT GOOD, but there are a number of editing errors throughout the novel (is it a problem only with the Kindle edition?). Usually word misplacements and the like are like "speed bumps" to me as I'm reading and if they accumulate it can have an overall negative effect on my enjoyment and assessment of the book and the writer. Not in this case; however, I do wish that Blixt had been able to settle on either White Hart or White Stag for the pub/inn that plays a somewhat pivotal role in the action. Oh, well!

Highly recommended! Get this book!
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HASH(0x96d2627c) von 5 Sternen Infinite Jest 16. April 2013
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Writing a novel about William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe is an audacious venture, but I know of no writer who could pull it off as well as David Blixt. David Blixt is both a Shakespearian actor and a writer of historical fiction. Among his delightful creations are The Lord of Verona and Colossus, Stone and Steel.
A fugitive from injustice, Will Shakespeare, AKA Will Falstaff, is employed at teaching in a rural school in Lancashire. His pupils are less than promising. There is a ruckus outside the school room and Will ends up rescuing a damsel in distress who is being accosted and mauled by two ruffians. The damsel turned out to be no damsel at all, but a young man named Christopher Marlowe, who, it turns out, is in the employ of Sir Edward Walsingham who heads the secret service of good Queen Bess. Young Kit Marlowe believes that he has uncovered a plot by Papists to assassinate the Queen and place Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne, thereby restoring England to Catholicism.
Marlowe convinces Will that his life is now in danger and he must flee with him to London. It's a case of "Please don't throw me in the brier patch." Young Will finds London, despite its obvious dangers and intense urban blight, much to his liking.
"It was a remarkable discovery, one that Will vowed then and there not to forget. There was more life in these low beings, in these clowns and vagabonds, these rakes and hellions, these criminals and idiots, than in all the respectable gentlemen of the court. Huffing Kate, Blacke Davie, Tarlton, Cutting Ball-these creatures positively teemed with spirit, overflowing the meager cups of their existence with their humor, their desires, their very essence. They were as worthy of immortality as the highest monarch born to the throne."
Anyone who enjoys the down-to-earth aspects of Shakespeare will love this book, the puns, bon mots, double entendres, and witticisms fly fast and furious throughout. His Majesty's Will is a book worth savoring more than once.
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HASH(0x96cbc144) von 5 Sternen Full of Fun and Wit 15. Dezember 2012
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Her Majesty's Will is a fun romp of a tale about Will Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe's early days in London. It is a silly story of two bungling, wannabe spies that happened upon a real threat against the Queen.

I really enjoyed Mr. Blixt's version of Will Shakespeare. He has written a very unique back story for Will. The Lost Years of William Shakespeare is open to a huge amount of speculation. But, I think Mr. Blixt captured it in a fun and silly way. Who would have thought that he was on the run from the local magistrate for poaching and other ugly allegations? It provided a new spin on how Will left Stratford and ended up in London.

Kit Marlowe is another major player in this silly tale. Kit is a very bombastic character. He likes his men and doesn't hide it, especially to Will. Kit uses his "gifts" for the mysterious and deadly Sir Francis Walsingham, spymaster for the Queen. Kit is vain and can be a bit annoying. He throws Will into the most insane situations. Even though Will has a love/hate relationship with Kit, he is having the time of his life.

My favorite part of the book are the Wits. A group of University fellows who will argue to the moon and back. My favorite scene has to be when the group of men argue over the growth of the English language. Will has a wonderful speech.

Its (Latin) day is done, it is no longer vibrant, no
longer alive. So too Greek, Italian, and French -
they are all codified, they have no flex, no urgency.
English is a living tongue, and young! We do not
yet have all the words, but we will! Only when it
ceases to grow, when there are rules and strictures,
will it die! God bless England, and God bless the

When you read this speech, you the Bard is screaming to come out of Will. The loved it so much! If you are looking for a light and fun book, then please pick this up. I recommend it!
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