Falstaff: A Novel

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Skyhorse, Feb 14, 2012 - Fiction - 464 pages
Shakespeare’s beloved comic figure spins his own outrageous tell-all, in an award-winning novel by the author of Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works.
Winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Guardian Fiction Prize
William Shakespeare’s bawdy knight, irascible and still lecherous at eighty-one, believes that history hasn’t done him justice. To correct the record, Jack Falstaff decides to tell his life story in his own fashion. Leaving nothing to the imagination and adding more than a few embellishments, he reveals what history and the Bard of Avon overlooked or avoided: what really happened the night Falstaff and Justice Shallow heard the chimes at midnight; who really killed Hotspur; how many men fell at the Battle of Agincourt; what actually transpired at the coronation of Henry V; and just what made the wives of Windsor so merry.
At the same time, Falstaff’s sprawling narrative offers us a tapestry of the Middle Ages: the Black Death and May Day; an expedition to Ireland and a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; nights at the Boar’s Head; the splendor of London Bridge; and hundreds of other sights, sounds, and people recalled in-between scabrous opinions and irreverent meditations. Like its reckless and rowdy protagonist, Robert Nye’s Falstaff is vivid, oversized, and big as life.
“[A] delightfully raucous, slyly insightful fable.” —Publishers Weekly

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How Sir John Fastolf went to war about the sea fight at Slugs
About the sea fight continued how Sir John Fastolf made his name terrible to the enemy
Sir John Fastolfs cursing of the cook
How Sir John Fastolf was apprenticed monk
About Badby the barrel
About the death of Sir John Fastolfs father
How Sir John Fastolf undressed himself of his suit of virgin white
How Sir John Fastolf came to London his praise of London Bridge

About Sir John Fastolfs belly his
About an indignity suffered by Sir John Fastolf at the hands of the Duchess of Norfolk
About a menu
an aside of Sir John Fastolfs
About King Brokenanus his 24 sainted sons

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Robert Nye is a novelist and poet who was born in London. His novels include Falstaff, Mrs. Shakespeare: The Complete Works, and The Voyage of the Destiny. He lives in Ireland.

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