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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be Overlooked
Charles Nicholl's books about Marlowe and da Vinci have previously graced my reading list: the first is a meticulous reconstruction of Marlowe's final meal in an attempt to explain the playwright's death, which is sometimes a little repetitive; the second a more conventional biography of the renaissance polymath.

The Lodger is closer to the first, in being a...
Published on 16 Sept. 2008 by Steve Keen

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but padded
The book benefits from an analysis of a civil court case that involved Shakespeare as a witness and the associated characters to trace the author's lodgings and the people he knew. It's an intriguing insight into Elizabethan times, where Shakespeare lived, who he associated with. You feel as if you are walking through the very London streets of Shakespeare's times...
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5.0 out of 5 stars How close can you get?, 4 April 2009
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A. Milewski "Soul-Gardener" (West Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Don't think this book will reveal much. Too much time has past between now and then. Besides, good old Will was always brilliant in concealing his persona. Nevertheless, the new evidence from the court case he was involved in, provides us with fresh, quite competent speculations on what our Will was doing in London. If you have a bit of detective left in you (or maybe you wish to purhase a wig?), go and visit Silver Street. You may find some details quite surprising if not smashingly disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Low Life in Shakespeare's Day, 4 Feb. 2009
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This was quite excellent - thoroughly enjoyed.

One of the reviews which guided me was by Jonathan Bate, who helped compile the latest RSC Complete Works.

There is nothing more I can say as a layman. Charles Nichol does a really splendid job in illuminating a side of The Bard's life I never thought we would be able to examine in such detail.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining fiction, 26 Aug. 2008
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Nicholl is a very eloquent writer, engaging the reader who is willing to suspend his disbelief. My reading of Shakespeare's evidence is that he was at best evasive, at worst perjurious. As a book about Shakespeare the book is a non-starter. As an imaginative description of early seventeenth century London life, the book succeeds quite well.
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