The Tutor

The Tutor

Book - 2015
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'Since meeting you, dear lady, I have put quill to page every day. I write and write and write.' Headstrong young widow Katharine de L'Isle lives a quiet, solitary existence at Lufanwal Hall, her family's Lancashire estate, until one day her world is turned upside down. The family priest is murdered, her beloved uncle and protector flees the country, and a mysterious new schoolmaster arrives from Stratford. Rude flirtatious and wickedly witty, Will Shakespeare appals Katharine, yet their mutual love of poetry draws them helplessly together. Though Will already has a wife, Katharine cannot resist spending long hours alone with him. Their affair deepens but dark forces are gathering around Lufanwall Hall. Conspiracy, witchcraft and high treason threaten Katharine's family and Will may not be the man to save them. Deep in love and cut off from everything she knows, can Katharine ever stay true to her heart and still save her family from ruin?
Publisher: [London] :, Penguin Books,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780241968161
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 20 cm.


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Apr 19, 2017

I really enjoyed this, 'tises and 'prithees aside (see NY Times review). It is a vibrant portrait of an unsettled time in Elizabethan times, during cruel religious intolerance and drastic class and gender divisions. Though a bit formulaic it's a great read -- a love story about a very young and still restless Shakespeare years before his success in London and Katharine de L'Isle, the aristocratic young widow in whose household Shakespeare is the tutor. Katharine is educated well beyond the usual limitations of the age and Chapin makes her the inspiration for the Dark Lady of the Sonnets. And the love story has a real twist.

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