** spoiler alert **
GLBT interest tag is because the sum total mention of same-sex social and sexual relationships in Shakespeare's London is limited to one sentence in Note 55 of Section 6.
Astrology tag because 16th century astrologer/doctor Simon Foreman plays a role.
Like the Shapiro book, this was gorgeously researched. Unlike the Shapiro book, the scope of this story is extremely narrow, suffers badly from pacing problems, and too often forgets to remind the reader why the grandkids of someone's former servant are even a little bit relevant.
However, the core connections between the drama of this household and the various plays Shakespeare wrote while living there are fascinating. He tells a compelling story connecting the dots of surviving data -- Marie Mountjoy's life is a novel waiting to happen, I suspect. But I also suspect Nicholl is much better with material that contains more evidence about the characters' lives.