Description - Dr Simon Forman by Judith Cook
Simon Forman was one of the most extraordinary personalities of Elizabethan and Jacobean London. Charismatic, volatile and ambitious he was doctor to the giants of the theatre and his playbook contains the first eyewitness accounts of Shakespeare's plays. Like most doctors he was also an astrologer, reading the stars for all and sundry. Constantly on the fringes of great events and court intrigues, his name has been linked with Sir Walter Raleigh's mysterious group the School of Night, and with the notorious Overbury poisoning case, in which the beautiful Countess of Essex was accused of murder. lso uncovered is Forman's private world, that of a compulsive womaniser who kept a coded diary, never fully deciphered before, a record of promiscuity as colourful as the journals of Pepys and Boswell.
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Author Biography - Judith Cook
Judith Cook was originally an investigative journalist. Has written on social issues, including the death of CND campaigner Hilda Murrell, and then biographies of Daphne du Maurier and J. B. Priestley, and studies of Elizabethan theatre, especially the Globe. She writes for theatre (most recently highly successful adaptation of Trollope for Chichester), teaches Elizabethan and Jacobean studies at Exeter University - and writes popular historical fiction starring an Elizabethan sleuth (Headline)