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Beatrice and Benedick

Beatrice and Benedick

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 youthful love affair which ended bitterly. But how did they meet, why did they part, and what brought them together again?

Messina, Sicily, 1588. Beatrice of Mantua comes to the court of her uncle Leonato, to be companion to his daughter, Hero. That fateful summer, Spanish lordling Don Pedro visits for a month-long sojourn on the island 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 odyssey back to Messina and each other.

In a journey that takes us from sunlit Sicily to the crippled Armada fleet and from ancient superstition to the glorious Renaissance cities of the north, Marina Fiorato tells a story of intrigue, treachery and betrayal that will shed a new light on Shakespeare’s most appealing lovers.

‘Captures the scents, passion and vigour of Italy’ Booklist
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Historical Fiction

On Sale: 8th May 2014

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9781848548022

Reviews

Entertaining and witty
Daily Mail
Praise for Marina Fiorato: Fiorato creates her own masterpiece
Booklist
Captures the scents, passion and vigour of Italy
Books Quarterly
A great read
Best
Wonderful . . . hard to put down. A truly imaginative piece, both touching and delightful. The women are magnificent. I love that Shakespeare had a life outside Stratford and I will never see Much Ado again without it being enriched by knowing how Beatrice and Benedick met.
Jenny Agutter
Richly detailed and evocative . . . an unforgettable historical love story. Beautifully written and worth losing yourself in.
Candis