Dark Aemilia

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Myriad, 2014 - Great Britain - 438 pages
The daughter of a Venetian musician but orphaned as a young girl, Aemilia Bassano grows up in the court of Elizabeth I, becoming the Queen's favourite. She absorbs a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a striking young woman with a sharp mind and a quick tongue. Now brilliant, beautiful and highly educated, Aemilia is mistress of Lord Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain and Queen's cousin. But her position is precarious; when she falls in love with court playwright William Shakespeare, her fortunes change irrevocably. A decade later, the Queen is dead, and Aemilia Bassano is now Aemilia Lanyer, fallen from favour and married to a fool. Like the rest of London, she fears the plague. And when her son Henry becomes ill, Aemilia will do anything to save him, even making a pact with the Devil himself. A must-read for fans of Tracy Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring) and Sarah Dunant (The Birth of Venus), Sally O'Reilly's richly atmospheric novel compellingly re-imagines the struggles for power, recognition and survival in the brutal world of Elizabethan London. She conjures the art of England's first professional female poet, giving us a character for the ages - a woman who is ambitious and intelligent, true to herself and true to her heart.

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User Review  - SheriAWilkinson - LibraryThing

Dark Aemilia: A Novel of Shakespeare's Dark Lady By Sally O'Reilly Young Aemilia Bassano, once the Mistress of Lord Hunsdon, and then purported "Muse" and true love of William Shakespeare. She was ... Read full review

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User Review  - blodeuedd - LibraryThing

The book takes place during different important years during her life. Aemilia is first the mistress of a powerful man and she had everything. She is happy with her lot in life. But the title already ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Sally O'Reilly was born in 1971 and is a writer, critic, editor and teacher. She is a tutor at Royal College of Art, London, and teaches at various other universities around the UK. She was Writer in Residence at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2010/11. She has contributed to Art Monthly, Contemporary Magazine, Frieze, Cabinet, Modern Painters, and Time Out as well as writing catalogue essays for numerous international art exhibitions. Her book The Body in Contemporary Art was published by Thames and Hudson in 2009. Her title Dark Aemilia made the Hot Book Club List in 2014.

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