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,...more
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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
There are a couple of murders al...more
Here's the premise: Henry Cavendish is "a disgraced Elizabethan scholar" whose best fri...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
“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. “
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
The plot centers around a character - annoying named Alonzo - who is a brilliant, eccentric guy who dies and leaves his friends and a...more
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
THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT, his latest offering, continues this enchantment. But whereas he's previously written only historical mysteries (MR. TIMOTHY, THE PALE BLUE EYE, THE BLACK TOWER), THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT brings him into contemporary mystery storytelling. Specifically, this story is set in modern day Washington, DC...more
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Oh, its ... Love's Labour Lost.
Well, isn't that apropos?
I wonder if it's modern dress. No, I don't wonder at all.On that particular question, I have been quite driven from the firld. Everywhere one goes now it's Uzis at Agincourt, Imogen in jeans, the Thane of Cawdor in a three-button suit. Nest thing you know, Romeo and Julie will simply text each other. Damn the balcony. OMG,Romeo. ILY 24-7.”