The Shadow King

Posted in Books, History, Identity Development/Psychology, Media Archive, Novels on 2010-08-26 22:29Z by Steven

The Shadow King

Mariner Books an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
320 pages
Trim Size: 5.50 x 8.25
Paperback ISBN-13/EAN: 9780618485369; ISBN-10: 0618485368

Jane Stevenson, Regius Chair of Humanity
University of Aberdeen

In The Shadow King, Jane Stevenson illuminates the world of the intriguing Balthasar Stuart, the secret biracial child born of the illicit love between a queen of Bohemia and an exiled African prince. A gifted young doctor in the late seventeenth century, Balthasar struggles with very contemporary issues of identity, brought into play by his difficult heritage. Driven out of Holland by the plague, he makes his way first to the raffish, cynical world of Restoration London, where he encounters Aphra Behn, the English spy and sometimes playwright. He leaves to seek prosperity in colonial Barbados, a society marked by slavery and savage racism. Utterly absorbing and deeply perceptive, The Shadow King brings the past radiantly to life in people’s habits of speech, their food and fashions, and their medical practices.

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