Fair Youth (Paperback)

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"Fair Youth" explores the legend that a love affair between Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, 20, Lord Great Chamberlain, and Queen Elizabeth I, 37, produced a son, Henry, born in secret and given to a nobleman whose heir died in infancy. Acting as Lord Chamberlain in charge of producing plays for Elizabeth's court, Oxford circulates sonnets that idolize a "Fair Youth" and hint that he is an unacknowledged heir to the Tudor throne. Believing himself to be Queen Elizabeth's unrecognized heir, Henry joins the Essex rebellion and attempts to seize the Tudor throne. He is captured and tried for insurrection. Oxford begs Elizabeth to commute Henry's sentence to life in prison. She reluctantly agrees on the condition that Oxford heads the jury that sentences Henry to death.

About the Author

Lawrence Wells’ memoir, “Ghostwriter: Shakespeare, Literary Landmines, and An Eccentric Patron’s Royal Obsession (University Press of Mississippi, Fall 2024) describes the roller-coaster ghostwriting collaboration that produced the novel "Fair Youth." An early draft of “Ghostwriter” was awarded the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom prize for narrative non-fiction at the Words and Music Festival in New Orleans. Wells’ memoir In Faulkner’s Shadow, about his marriage to Dean Faulkner Wells, niece of author William Faulkner, was published by University Press of Mississippi in 2020. Wells is also the author of two historical novels, Rommel and the Rebel and Let the Band Play Dixie (Doubleday & Co).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780916242930
ISBN-10: 0916242935
Publisher: Sanctuary Editions
Publication Date: May 21st, 2024
Pages: 248
Language: English