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Rogues and Players

Rogues and Players

(1992)
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AN IMPASSIONED DEPICTION OF HISTORY AND THE UNFORGETTABLE STORY OF A FAMILY WHO CARVED THEIR PLACE AMONGST THE HEROES AND HEROINES DURING THE TURBULENT EVENTS THAT CREATED OUR NATION.
Esmond Angel is the popular playwright and manager of Lord Barpham's company of strolling players. For years as a struggling playwright in London he has lived a hidden life. He also gained fame and notoriety amongst the rogues and vagabonds that haunt the innyards where his troupe performs before the first Elizabethan playhouses were built.

When Gabriellen Angel as a young, strong willed woman joins her father in his travels, the actors and the plays they perform captivate her. The survival of the company depends upon her father's skill in producing new plays. Esmond's eyesight is failing and he relies upon Gabriellen as a scribe and her emerging talent as a writer. Despite her success her involvement must remain secret in the male-dominated world of the playhouse, or she would be reviled and persecuted.

Gabriellen is determined to keep the troupe together but Esmond's links with the criminal Underworld draw her into danger. She falls in love with the bold buccaneer Captain Jack Stoneham but his ambitions to win the Queen's favour are his reason for refusing to marry her. She also befriends a horse breeder, Mark Rowan, who travels the country with his stallion as cover for his work as Queen Elizabeth's spy for plots against her life.

Set against the background of court intrigue, the emergence of the early playhouses, and rich in atmospheric detail of all classes of Elizabethan society as they face the threat of the Spanish Armada, Rogues and Players is a rich tapestry of conflict, passion and drama that brings the Elizabethan era alive with diverse and memorable characters.

Reviews for Kate Tremayne: A band of travelling players, the London underworld and court intrigue in the era of Elizabeth I. Makes today's social and political scene seem tame. Bradford Star

Forceful, finely drawn characters, a rollicking good plot and a strong feeling of history make this a tale to relish. The Northern Echo

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1992 : UK Hardback
Title: Rogues and Players
Author(s): Pauline Bentley
ISBN: 0-7472-0563-9 / 978-0-7472-0563-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Rogues and Players
Author(s): P Bentley
ISBN: 1-86019-611-X / 978-1-86019-611-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Brockhampton Press
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December 1992 : UK Paperback
Title: Rogues and Players
Author(s): Pauline Bentley
ISBN: 0-7472-3979-7 / 978-0-7472-3979-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Rogues and Players (Angel Players Book 1)
Author(s): Kate Tremayne, Pauline Bentley
Publisher: kate tremayne revised edition
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