A NOVELLA AT 42,000 words (including subtitle), I RIDDE MY SOULE OF THEE AT LASTE is the natural literary offspring of MAJESTIE. It features many of the characters you read about—King James I of England, William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Robert Cecil, and a host of others. Even William Tyndale makes an appearance in this book, or at least his book does. With the language and effervescence many have come to love about MAJESTIE, this novella is a retelling one of the oldest myths surrounding the creation of the King James Bible.
Did William Shakespeare have anything to do with the production of the great work? Did James secretly commission the Poet (as Shakespeare is known in the book) to be the last filter, the aesthetic captain of the new translation, assuring that this grand enterprise had a singular voice cover to cover, as scholars today so proudly boast of? Did Shakespeare die an ignominious death by eating too many pickled herrings and drinking too much canary wine as was reported by a Stratford vicar, or did Ben Jonson, Shakespeare's friend and so-called rival end the life of the Poet?
If you have read MAJESTIE, or plan to, this book will delight in new and unexpected ways. You don't have to be a Shakespeare scholar to enjoy this historical fiction. This novella is actually an extract, that is, one half of a larger novel, O DEATH ROCK ME ASLEEP, that will release late winter of 2021. The novel takes place in two time periods, 1608 London and present day Nashville, Tennessee. A Da Vinci Code meets Shakespeare In Love kind of tale, as the book opens successful songwriter, Brook Allen, is grieving the loss of his wife, April, a professor of Shakespeare Studies who, by discovery, theorized that William Shakespeare, by secret commission, actually had part in the creation of the King James Bible, an event that the academic world has long written off as myth. The added narration helps further explain the 1608 story told in I RIDDE MY SOULE OF THEE AT LASTE.
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