Michael Wood, a well-known BBC TV hisory presenter, gives a personable and intimate account of what William Shakespeare could have been like - child, husband, father, lover, as well as noted actor and, of course, genius playwright.
In fluid and graphic language the book describes the times and customs of Elizabethan England and the way those times shaped the character of Shakespeare - based on Wood's intelligent interpretation of the facts available. He digs up a lot of little-known and intriguing details, such as that the schoolroom where William attended is still there in Stratford, largely as it was in his day. He describes the passionate, almost destructive, intensity of Shakespeare's romantic involvement with his 'Dark Lady' and makes an educated guess at who she was - the first woman. appropriately, to have a book of poetry published in England.
This report prepared by John Clarke