By Poul Anderson
A marvelous story of intrigue, love, warfare, magic, and swashbuckling event set in an alternative universe the place fairies mingle freely with Englishmen and all of Shakespeare's fictional characters are real
Welcome to an alternative civil-war-torn seventeenth-century England—a international the place Hamlet as soon as brooded and Othello jealously raged. the following faeries and sprites gambol in English woods, railroads race around the panorama whereas manned balloons go with the flow above the nation-state, and the main revered historian of all is one William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon.
The yr is 1644, and the warfare among the Roundheads and the Cavaliers rages. whilst Rupert, nephew of King Charles I, is taken captive by means of Cromwell's troops and imprisoned in a Puritan domestic, he's instantly smitten with the gorgeous Jennifer Alayne, his captor's niece. Escaping with the aid of his newfound cherished and the dependable trooper Will Fairweather, Rupert leads Jennifer deep into the woodland, the place the faerie folks who live there have a vested curiosity within the end result of the nice and bloody clash. notwithstanding the fanatics needs to quickly part—with the prince venture a deadly challenge for his magical benefactors which may flip the tide of war—Rupert and his woman love can be ceaselessly joined by means of the jewelry awarded to them through King Oberon and Queen Titania. And regardless of the unusual, twisting pathways and turbulent seas they're destined to come across, they're going to continually have the capacity to locate one another again... so long as their love is still true.
Nominated for the area myth Award and winner of the Mythopoeic Award, Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest is a massive achievement—a pleasant alternate-history myth that brings the fictitious worlds of Shakespeare's performs to breathtaking lifestyles with variety, wit, and unheard of mind's eye.
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At his apartments in the Bank, without absenting himself for a single night’. , who had supposedly paid him a hundred guineas for the report of the Melbourne trial; his printers were again his neighbours J. and E. Hodson, a fact that may suggest self-ﬁnancing. Like Collier’s patent law book, The Life of Abraham Newland contains practical additions (‘some account of that great national establishment [the Bank of England]’ and ‘an Appendix containing the late correspondence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer with the Bank, and a List of the Statutes passed relative to it’), the last of the correspondence being dated 5 February 1808; and the whole project, according to his son, ‘took one week to compose and another to print it, though it formed a respectable and creditable volume of nearly two hundred pages’.
Also a barrister with literary leanings, a friend of Richard Porson and Samuel Rogers, and later of Alexander Dyce, William Maltby abandoned his law practice in 1808–09 to succeed Porson as librarian of the new London Institution. The principal founder of this subscription repository had been the bibliophile West India merchant George Hibbert, and Maltby’s assistant during his twenty-ﬁve-year librarianship was William Upcott, the leading autograph collector of his day. Maltby himself was credited with a remarkable memory and knowledge of books,35 and John Payne cannot but have encountered these early in life: Robinson met Maltby as early as 1797, at Joshua Collier’s house, so the propinquity was long-standing.
Jane Collier was devoted to Covent Garden and Drury Lane, explained her son, ‘and [as] my father could not always accompany her, she sometimes availed herself of the escort of young Robinson, generally taking my elder sister or myself with them’ (Memoirs, p. 54). He told Lord Glengall ‘that I could go back [in theatrical memories] even to 1797’, the Southwark soap-factory years, which would square with Henry Crabb Robinson’s ﬁrst acquaintance with Jane (OMD, i:19); but John Payne’s more speciﬁc recollections were nearly all of 1803–08, following the Colliers’ return to Westminster.