The School of Night
An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long-buried web of intrigue that spans four centuries
In the late sixteenth century, five brilliant scholars gather under the cloak of darkness to discuss God, politics, astronomy, and the black arts. Known as the School of Night, they meet in secret to avoid the wrath of Queen Elizabeth. But one of the men, T...more
1. I hate Elizabethan conspiracy theories. Most offensive among these is the ridiculous idea that the man we know as William Shakespeare did not write the works of William Shakespeare, but this School of Night bullshit isn't that far behind. Could these men have known each other? Yes, although to my knowledge Marlowe did not socialize with men like Raleigh and Percy, who were courtiers and members of the nobility. Havin...more
Henry is amazed as he sits with the funeral party thinking over is past relationship with Alonzo, wondering why such an energetic man would simply call it a day. When a woman dressed in scarle...more
Here's the premise: Henry Cavendish is "a disgraced Elizabethan scholar" whose best fri...more
I enjoyed the first half of this book, but really struggled through the second and started getting bored. I read this because I was curious to read books set in Elizabethan England and I did enjoy the flashbacks from the present to that time period the most.
The writing itself was nice, although I could tell the author is a journalist. I think I can lay claim to a fairly decent vocabulary, but I frequently encountered words in here I'd never heard before, let alone k...more
“A shared quest and a mysterious cabal, four centuries apart . . .
When Henry Cavendish attends the funeral of an old friend, the last thing he expects is to be given a business proposition. A handsome sum to retrieve a document that was in his friend’s possession when he died ; a letter from Sir Walter Ralegh. Henry accepts the challenge, despite severe misgivings about his sinister new employer.
Four centuries earlier, in Elizabethan England, another quest is playing out. Thomas Harriot,...more
There are a couple of murders al...more
“Stunning, simply stunning”
However, a book of this quality doesn’t deserve such an inconsequential review and with this in mind I will continue!
Confession, they say, is good for the soul and the opening line had me vexed!
“Against all odds, against my own wishes, this is a love story. And it began, of all places, at Alonzo Wax’s funeral. “
I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them all. He has a wonderful sense of humour in his writing - the characters all have an irreverant, quirky approach and are unique and interesting.
Writing a dual story can either be done really well, or go very wrong. Bayard does it well. He manages to capture the...more
This is my first Louis Baynard book and I really enjoyed it. I love historical fiction, adventure, and romance and this book had all three elements. This book reminded me of the movie National Treasure in that it involves academic type people in search for an object of historical significance. It even reminded a little Indiana Jones, Last Crusade as well *spoiler alert* when Claire reveals what side she is on. Claire reminded me of Elsa in the movie.
The plot of the book revolves around a disgrac...more
Unfortunately, I can't do much summarizing of the story because the twists and turns begin shortly into the book, and I don't want to give anything away. The main character is Henry Cavendish, a down on his luck professor. His college friend Alonzo Wax has killed himself, and Henry is appointed the executor of the estate. Alonzo was an eccentric book and manuscript collector. (...more
His point of view character is strong in opinion and caustically funny in places. If I could write like anyone, it would be Bayard. He used some interesting verbs and adverbs that constantly surprised me.
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