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  • Published: 27 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241960226
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $24.99

Shakespeare And The Countess




The first ever biography of Lady Elizabeth Russell, the woman who waged battle against Shakespeare

In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare . . .

Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare's life?

Never far from controversy when she was alive - she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping - Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.

Providing new pieces to the puzzle, Chris Laoutaris's thrilling biography reveals for the first time the life of this extraordinary woman, and why she decided to wage her battle against Shakespeare.

  • Published: 27 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9780241960226
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544
  • RRP: $24.99

Praise for Shakespeare And The Countess

Surprising . . . interesting. . . [Elizabeth Russell] was certainly a rich, famous, extraordinary, cosmopolitan and ambitious woman who by turns fascinated and exasperated the men around her . . . Laoutaris has discovered a lot of fascinating details . . . Elizabeth deserves the years of research . . . Laoutaris has given her; she can now join the gallery of neglected women resurrected by feminist scholarship.

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