By Simon Hawke
Tourists, Will Shakespeare-a fledgling dramatist, and Symington Smythe, an ostler and aspiring thespian, meet at a roadside resort and judge to forged their lot jointly for popularity and fortune within the cutthroat global 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. whilst a backer's daughter is double-crossed via a would-be suitor, the reluctant bride turns to the ostler and the playwright for aid. Little does an individual notice that those easy affairs of the guts and an prepared marriage will bring about an enormous net of conspiracy, flawed id, and homicide that unearths the playwright designated for assassination and the ostler hopelessly in love. yet such concerns are regimen in A secret of blunders, the place Shakespeare in Love meets the Brother Cadfael mysteries of Ellis Peters.
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During the Yellow Scarves uprisings the court elevated Cao to the rank of cavalry commander, and it was in this capacity that he led five thousand mounted warriors and foot soldiers to the Yingchuan district. He encountered the routed troops of Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao and cut off their retreat. In the ensuing fray his men took ten thousand heads as well as flags, banners, gongs, drums, and horses in large numbers. Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao, however, managed to escape after a desperate struggle.
After bidding the traders a grateful farewell, Xuande had the finest smith forge for him a pair of matching double-edged swords; for Lord Guan a Green Dragon crescent-moon blade, also known as Frozen Glory, weighing eighty-two jin, and for Zhang Fei, an eighteen-span spear of tempered steel. He also ordered full body armor for each of them. At the head of five hundred local youths, the brothers presented themselves to Commandant Zoujing. Jing brought them to Liu Yan, governor of Youzhou, before whom the brothers gave account of themselves.
Zhang Jun was surprised that the court had neglected such a man, and at his next audience with the Emperor said, "Sale of office and rank by the Ten Eunuchs is the fundamental cause of the recent uprisings. They have appointed only their own and punished only their enemies, and have thrown the realm into chaos in the process. " The eunuchs counterattacked, accusing Zhang Jun of lese majesty. The Emperor resolved the dispute by ordering his guards to expel Zhang Jun from court. The eunuchs continued discussing the matter: "This com- 20 Three Kingdoms plaint," they agreed, "must have come from some deserving warriors who were passed over.
A Mystery of Errors (Shakespeare & Smythe, Book 1) by Simon Hawke