[PDF] ↠ Ruled Britannia Author Harry Turtledove – Anguillais.us

Ruled BritanniaThe Master Of Alternate History Who Envisioned A Confederate Victory In The Guns Of The South And An American Revolution That Never Happened In The Two Georges, New York Times Bestselling Author Harry Turtledove Unveils Another Brilliant Foray Into What Might Have Been The Year Is 1597 For Nearly A Decade, The Island Of Britain Has Been Under The Rule Of King Philip In The Name Of Spain The Citizenry Live Under An Enforced Curfew And In Fear Of The Inquisition S Agents, Who Put Heretics To The Torch In Public Displays And With Queen Elizabeth Imprisoned In The Tower Of London, The British Have No Symbol To Unite Them Against The Enemy Who Occupies Their Land William Shakespeare Has No Interest In Politics His Passion Is Writing For The Theatre, Where His Words Bring Laughter And Tears To A Populace Afraid To Speak Out Against The Tyranny Of The Spanish Crown But Now Shakespeare Is Given An Opportunity To Pen His Greatest Work A Drama That Will Incite The People Of Britain To Rise Against Their Persecutors And Change The Course Of History..

[PDF] ↠ Ruled Britannia Author Harry Turtledove – Anguillais.us
  • ebook
  • 464 pages
  • Ruled Britannia
  • Harry Turtledove
  • 07 February 2018
  • 9780786538836

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  1. says:

    Harry Turtledove has made alternative history historical fiction his own His books range widely in the history of mankind and when he indulges in a particular period of interest, we all benefit In this book, he imagines a Britain almost a decade after the Spanish Armada when Spain has conquered those Isles Then he drops Will Shakespeare into the tale and we are off and running.Historical, humorous, bawdy, and thrilling, Turtledove, deftly mixes his batter and takes time to let it rise Everyone has a secret or two and some, if known, might only terminate a relationship, while others perhaps pried out by the Inquisitors could result in a public and slow death.Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, the legendary Richard Burbage the actor of his era and owner of London s Globe theater , Queen Elizabeth still alive and in the Tower , King Philip dying and a blend of familiar and created characters makes this a delightful invention.When I am in a different world or period, I appreciate the opportunity to taste, smell and listen to it One thing that the reader can count on, with a Turtledove novel of the past, is the depth of research of that period Ruled Britannia is a joy with the detailed customs and culture that are laid open to us The thing that I may have enjoyed the most is the period language and how rich and different it is from 21st century English For example Good den, Master Seymour, he said Why, Master Shakespeare God give you good den as well, Harry...


  2. says:

    I m not a big reader of alternate histories, but they can be very entertaining That being said, I will never understand why they are filed under science fiction There is no science behind the conceit It is just a what if novel.There, I ve had my piece This was an excellent historical fiction I especially liked the look at both sides, the Spanish and the English points of view The philandering Spaniard who wanted to be a poet and playwright, rather than a soldier was a particularly appealing character As was the Constable who mis spoke everything he said It s hard enough to follow the dialogue in 16th Century English, but English garbled that badly The political intrigue, the cha...


  3. says:

    The central conceit is brilliant and I can t fault the scholarship or the choice of protagonists but the prose is turgid and overwritten The Guns of the South proves that Turtledove can write a fast paced novel while retaining the fruits of his research so I guess what he needs to find is ...


  4. says:

    For those who have ever thought about reading at least one alternate history novel, Harry Turtledove s Ruled Britannia is the one you should try The premise of the novel is the successful invasion of England via the famed Spanish Armada by the Duke of Parma s army that places Queen Elizabeth in captive within the Tower of London and places Philip II s daughter Isabella on the throne along side her husband cousin Albert Almost 10 years later, celebrated English playwright Williams Shakespeare is brought into a conspiracy to write and stage a play that will insight London to rise up upon learning of the death of Philip, but then Shakespeare must contend with the occupying Spaniards wanting him to write a play in tribute of Philip to by staged upon news of this death.The novel is seen from only two point of view characters Shakespeare and Lope de Vega, an officer in the occupying Spanish army fluent in English and an unpublished playwright Through their eyes the setting of Spanish occupied late 16th century London comes alive as well as the individuals the two encounter without throughout the novel, including those they both interact with Obviously it allows the reader to view bo...


  5. says:

    I ve read and re read this one and I m re reading yet again To be honest, many of Harry Turtledove s alternative universe books confuse me, with the multiple viewpoints this is one of a number that only have two viewpoints In this case, the viewpoints are those of William Shakespeare, living in an England occupied by the Spanish when the Armada succeeded, and Lope de Vega, a playwright who was Spain s answer to Shakespeare, who, in this novel, is one of the occupying soldiers Shakespeare has been commissioned to write two plays one by the Spanish, who want him to do a biography of King Phillip, who is dying, one by the British underground, led by Lord Burleigh, allowed to live free while Elizabeth is in the Tower The theme is not unlike that of a British TV mini series called An Englishman s Castle which I saw many...


  6. says:

    Warning If you read GUNS OF THE SOUTH by Harry Turtledove and thought it was a classic don t imagine this book is going to be the same kind of story.I have to admit that the premise was intriguing What if Spain had conquered in England in 1588 And what if William Shakespeare had become a shadowy fighter in the underground, trying to drive out the Spanish by writing fiery patriotic plays in secret Unfortunately, there is almost NO military action in this book until fifty pages before the end And there are hundreds and hundreds of pages of theater gossip, Shakespeare quotes, dirty jokes, and Shakespeare going on and on and on and on about how scared he is of being caught by the Spanish The main Spanish character is Lope De Vega, another real life playwright But in this book he s really annoying, he just lusts after women, one after another, and gets in boring sword fights which he wins by fighting dirty And he treats women like dirt, and I didn t find him charming ...


  7. says:

    One thing I ve noticed about Harry Turtledove is that his mind blowingly brilliant ideas and concepts are often let down by clunky delivery and wooden dialogue Not so in this case However, my one real gripe does concern Turtledove s attempt to weave Shakespearean style language into the book The problem here is that he isn t always consistent and that jars somewhat With that proviso, this is an exciting and absorbing story and one full of indications that Turtledove has done his background research on Elizabethan England in general and the atmosphere of late sixteenth century London in particular.The action opens in 1598, ten years after the Duke of Parma s army successfully landed on the English coast and advanced on London England has been brought forcibly back into the papal fold and the forces of the Inquisition are freely used against diss...


  8. says:

    First sentence Two Spanish soldiers swaggered up Tower Street toward William Shakespeare Their boots squelched in the mud One wore a rusty corselet with his high crowned morion, the other a similar helmet with a jacket of quilted cotton Rapiers swung at their hips Premise plot What if the English navy had not defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588 What if instead of Queen Elizabeth reigning in the year 1597 she was instead locked away in the Tower Turtledove gives us alternate history in his novel Ruled Britannia It is told primarily from two perspectives William Shakespeare and Lope de Vega Shakespeare has a choice to make Should he commit treason against Spain and write a play that could potentially help overthrow Spain s rule and restore Elizabeth to the throne Or should he play it safe and write a play memorializing King Philip II of Spain Perhaps he ll be crafty and do both.but which one will get performed upon the King s death Lope de Vega is in awe of William Shakespeare He can nearly always be found watching his plays, watching the actors on and off stage, hanging around and conversing He s a soldier on a mission be on the lookout for any treason, any subversive meanings in the plays he watches Some higher ups are suspicious of Shakespeare but not de Vega, not really Shakespeare doesn t care who rules so long as he can write, right My thoughts I imagine that Ruled Brittani...


  9. says:

    Story 10 could perhaps use some pruning but enormously fun Characters 10 a charming cast of honest men and reprobates Accuracy 9 I mean, it didn t happen, but the period details are solid and the changes plausible Does the idea of seeing William Shakespeare as a rebel agent appeal to you If so, this is the book for you an alternate history novel set in a world where the Spanish Armada was a success and Spain has occupied England for a decade Shakespeare s life took much the same course as it did in real life indeed, he was already well on his way at the time of the Armada and so he is recruited, as London s greatest playwright, to write a play that will rouse the English to rebellion Simultaneously, he s commissioned by the Spanish to write a play glorifying Philip II to promote the cause of Spain Obviously this means conflict.The greatest element of this book for me is the use of authentic Elizabethan English Everything sounds as if coming from a Shakespeare play, and not that neutered pseudo Elizabethan formal dialect so popular in filmic works set in Shakespeare s day Love it as I did, the dialogue in Bernard Cornwell s magisterial Shakespearian novel Fools and Mortals did not convey the feel of the time as easily as this book did This novel s full of Elizabethan slang and sentence patterns Swounds, sblood, grammercy and a lot of decidely raunchy puns It feels like the words Shakespeare and crew might have spoken not the clever, artific...


  10. says:

    I was excited when I discovered this book at a library sale Alternative history is a favorite genre of mine, and this fat, juicy looking novel featured a promising premise What if instead of England defeating the Spanish Armada, Spain was victorious Mr Turtledove sets his story in London nine years after Spanish soldiers have occupied Britain Elizabeth I has been imprisoned in the Tower of London Isabella, daughter of Philip the II of Spain, rules the country in her stead Agents of the Inquisition prowl the city like members of the KGB, on the lookout for Protestant heretics who fail to go to Mass, eat meat during Lent, or celebrate Christian holidays according to their old calendar rather than the one imposed by the Pope.The plot centers around William Shakespeare yes, THAT Shakespeare a meek and mild guy who s trying to eke out a living as a playwright and actor in Richard Burbage s company Then he is drawn into a plot by remnants of the old English power structure, asked to write a secret play that will inspire the British to revolt and drive out their Spanish masters Alas this moderately good idea for a book was spoiled, for me at least, by the writing First of all, the events ...

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