Lady of the Play

Lady of the Play

by Deena Lindstedt
Lady of the Play

Lady of the Play

by Deena Lindstedt


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Was Elizabeth (Ely) Trentham only just the second wife of Edward deVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford? Or, should she be properly recognized as the authentic Shakespeare?

The story of the genius of Ely is revealed, from her childhood to the ten years as a maid of honor to Queen Elizabeth I, her marriage to deVere and their collaboration, and why they needed to hire Wm Shaksper as their front. After Edward's death in 1604, Ely continues to write plays until her death in 1612, the same year "Shakespeare" retires. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ely leaves clues behind waiting to be discovered even though it will take four-hundred years to do so.

Interwoven into the story of Ely is the modern story of Cynthia Parsons, a history teacher who is convinced Ely and Edward collaborated. Cynthia's life includes friendships and romance, but researching the truth about Ely remains her primary focus. She receives help from a librarian friend and an attorney and together they search for evidence to prove who actually deserves the title "Shakespeare." When Cynthia finds the clues left behind by Ely, there are those who will use any means to keep Cynthia from revealing her discoveries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613095119
Publisher: Wings Epress, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2021
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Starting a new life after retiring from a business career, Deena Lindstedt became a full-time student at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon majoring in English Literature and Writing, graduating with a BA degree in 2006. During her senior year she was inspired by a Shakespeare class, with not just the plays and sonnets, but with the authorship question as well. She was certain a woman must have had a hand in writing the plays since so many of the roles had strong female characters. This led her to Elizabeth Trentham, the second wife of Edward deVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford.Deena is a widow living in Tigard, Oregon. She has three sons, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Following her twenty-five-year career in workers' compensation claims administration, besides going back to college, she devoted herself to a second marriage to Donald Lindstedt and living in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Her first novel, Deception Cove, was published by Wings ePress in 2010. Following Don's death in 2014, she moved to Tigard, Oregon to be closer to family. She is kept busy with writing and meetings with writers' groups. She is a member of P.E.O. and plays bridge once a week.Besides her novel, Deception Cove, other fiction honors include third place winner for a poem: "Two Ladies of Chedigny" for Willamette Writers, Portland. Finalist for short story: Simply to Fly for NW Writers Association contest in Seattle. She presented a paper at the Virginia Woolf Conference, Lewis and Clark University and was a guest speaker at the 2011 Shakespeare Authorship Symposium delivering her paper, "Shakespeare, Perhaps a Woman."
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