By Simon Hawke
Tourists, Will Shakespeare-a fledgling dramatist, and Symington Smythe, an ostler and aspiring thespian, meet at a roadside hotel and choose to forged their lot jointly for popularity and fortune within the cutthroat international of the London theater in Elizabethan England . . . yet neither used to be ready for his or her offstage stumble upon with A secret of error. while a backer's daughter is double-crossed through a would-be suitor, the reluctant bride turns to the ostler and the playwright for aid. Little does a person discover that those basic affairs of the center and an prepared marriage will result in an enormous internet of conspiracy, improper identification, and homicide that reveals the playwright exact for assassination and the ostler hopelessly in love. yet such concerns are regimen in A secret of error, the place Shakespeare in Love meets the Brother Cadfael mysteries of Ellis Peters.
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They were heading for Winchester. Tom had sold his mason’s tools, and all but a few pennies of that money had been spent: he would have to borrow tools, or the money to buy them, as soon as he found employment. If he did not get work in Winchester he did not know what he would do. He had brothers, back in his hometown; but that was in the north, a journey of several weeks, and the family would starve before they got there. Agnes was an only child and her parents were dead. There was no agricultural work in midwinter.
He found that if he acted as if he were expected he was less likely to waste time waiting around. He crossed the little chapel in a couple of strides and entered the vestry. It was a small, square chamber lit by many candles. Most of the floor space was taken up by a shallow sandpit. The fine sand had been smoothed perfectly level with a rule. There were two men in the room. Both glanced 39 Ken Follett – THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH briefly at Tom, then returned their attention to the sand. The bishop, a wrinkled old man with flashing black eyes, was drawing in the sand with a pointed stick.
There were some women farmers, but they were invariably widows with grown sons. No lord would give a farm to a woman with one small child. Nobody would hire her as a laborer, either in town or country; besides, she had no place to live, and unskilled work rarely came with accommodation provided. She had no identity. Tom felt for her. She had given her child everything she could, and it was not enough. But he could see no way out of her dilemma. Beautiful, resourceful, and formidable though she was, she was doomed to spend the rest of her days hiding in the forest with her weird son.