Synopsis

In 1973, A. L. Rowse shocked the world when he revealed the identity of the Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets. He based his discoveries in part on the diaries of Simon Forman, an Elizabethan astrologer. Born to a semi-literate Cornish clay worker, Rowse fought his way up the academic ladder, becoming an esteemed historian at All Souls College, Oxford.

 

Although he knew he would always be an outsider by birth, politics, and sexual orientation, he expected his brilliance and creativity would earn him national recognition as the man who solved the problems of the Sonnets. Yet, his discoveries brought him nothing but turmoil and controversy. The Lady Revealed takes place in three time periods – 1993, on Rowse's 90th birthday; the 1970s, when Rowse made his famous claims about the Dark Lady; and the Elizabethan era, in which we see Shakespeare and the Dark Lady as Rowse imagined them.

Copyright  Andrew B Harris (2012)

Rowse with Peter, the unseen cat in the play

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