Tuesday, 25 February 2014

'Beatrice and Benedick' by Marina Fiorato

Release date: 8th May 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1848548008

Hidden in the language of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy Much Ado About Nothing, are several clues to an intriguing tale. It seems that the witty lovers Beatrice and Benedick, had a previous youhful love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did the part, and what brought them together again? Messina, Sicily, 1588. Beatrice of Mantua, newly orphaned at just twenty, is brought to live at the court of her kindly uncle Leonato, to be companion and goveness to his ten-year-old daughter, Hero. That fateful summer, Spanish lordling Don Pedro visits for a month long sojourn with his regiment. In his company is the young soldier Benedick of Padua. Benedick and Beatrice begin to wage their merry war of wit, which masks the reality that they dance a more serious measure, and the two are soon deeply in love. But the pair are cruelly parted by natural disaster and man-made misunderstanding. Oceans apart, divided by war and slander, Beatrice and Benedick begin their ten-year odyessy back to Messina and each other. Their fates seem strangely connected to seafarer, Thomas Book, a Londoner who hints at a clandestine mission for the English Queen. But who is the mysterious Englishman? And what is his peculiar interest in their story, and that of all other Italian lovers? In a journey which takes us from the sunlit southern courts of Sicily, to the gorgeous Renaissance cities of the north, Beatrice and Benedick tells the tale of Shakespeare's most appealing lovers, and why they were destined to be apart before they were together.

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