The Christian Science Monitor

'Fools and Mortals' finds Shakespeare's brother taking center stage

Given his penchant for historical fiction and his freakish productivity – this is his 54th novel – it was only a matter of time until bestselling writer Bernard Cornwell got around to Shakespeare, and in his new book Fools and Mortals, he does just that … but it's not playwright William but his younger brother Richard who's the star of the story. 

"Fools and Mortals" stars Richard as a struggling actor, better-looking than his older brother

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min read
As Southern Spain Dries Up, Its Farmers Get Inventive
Climate change threatens to turn southern Spain’s farmland into desert. Farmers are employing regenerative agriculture to fight back.
The Christian Science Monitor7 min readPolitics
Florida Voters Gave Ex-felons Right To Vote. Then Lawmakers Stepped In.
Last fall Florida voters approved vote restoration for former felons. But under a bill formalizing the measure, not all those people can vote.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min read
The Waning Use Of The Word ‘Whom’
Whom is now mostly relegated to written language, appearing in literature, academic papers, and the Mueller report.