Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

Publication: 19 October 2017, Harper Collins

Source: Review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5*

6 thoughts on “Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell

  1. I haven’t read this, mainly because I tend to get riled by inaccuracies in any fictional work about Shakespeare. I’m really glad you enjoyed it but feel I have to say that it was Edmund who followed his brother into the theatre, not Richard, who as far as we know never left the Stratford area. Edmund actually predecessor William, dying in London in December 1607 only months after he had buried his own small son. Life was precarious then.


  2. Ooh, I’m even keener to get to this one now! Ha! I didn’t even know he had a brother and assumed Cornwell had invented one for literary purposes, so I’ll give him a pass if he got the name wrong… 😉


    1. I didn’t know he had a brother either, let alone two brothers. I do wonder why he got the name wrong … but it’s fiction after all and I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too.

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  3. Oh, this sounds fascinating, Margaret! And I always respect it when an author tries something new. It sounds as though this really captures the era, too – so much the better. Add in the characters and my ears are pricked up.


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