About this book
In 1612, William Shakespeare gave evidence in the Court of Requests at Westminster - the only occasion his spoken words were ever recorded. From this fascinating beginning, Charles Nicholl has undertaken a remarkable work of detection to reveal a portrait of Shakespeare, the lodger in a house in Silver Street in bustling Elizabethan London. The Allen Lane hardback was nominated 12 times as a 'Book of the Year;' it is sure to do well in this paperback edition. 'The participants in this story might be in the next room. The detail is delicious... a triumph' Peter Ackroyd.
In 1612, Shakespeare gave evidence at the Court of Requests in Westminster - it is the only occasion his spoken words are recorded. The case seems routine - a dispute over an unpaid marriage-dowry - but it opens up an unexpected window into the dramatist's famously obscure life-story. This book focuses on this episode in Shakespeare's life.