The Rest is Silence

Rated 4.67/5 based on 4 reviews
The Countess of Oxford, Anne Cecil after her death, re-visits the events and trials of her own life and that of her husband, the 17th Earl of Oxford. She discovers secrets which have remained silent to this day, yet still live on in the words of Shakespeare. More

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Words: 104,330
Language: English
About Peter Hildebrandt

I've published over 400 magazine articles over the past 20 years. My novel's been awaiting publication for awhile now. I don't know if it will be a hit on this site, but it does have potential. It's the story of Edward de Vere, the man many now accept as the true author of the works of Shakespeare. My story is told through the eyes of his first wife Anne - after she has died. It covers from his infancy to a point where their firstborn daughter is a grown woman. I hope to get it on here and other places such as POD sites soon. Thanks!

Reviews

Review by: Celine Havard on July 27, 2012 :
The Rest is Silence is more than a book. It is an adventure that transports one so completely to a different time and place. Peter Hildebrandt took me on a virtual reality immersion into the life of the most incredible author of all time, the man who was Shakespeare -- Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. It is evident the extensive research the author put into writing this novel and although it is fiction, history buffs alike would appreciate the detailed rich layers of the character’s intricate lives and the culture that envelops them. This undoubtedly is a book I will re-visit again and again. I did not want it to end!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Celine Havard on July 27, 2012 : (no rating)
The Rest is Silence is more than a book. It is an adventure that transports one so completely to a different time and place. Peter Hildebrandt took me on a virtual reality immersion into the life of the most incredible author of all time, the man who was Shakespeare -- Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. It is evident the extensive research the author put into writing this novel and although it is fiction, history buffs alike would appreciate the detailed rich layers of the character’s intricate lives and the culture that envelops them. This undoubtedly is a book I will re-visit again and again. I did not want it to end!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emanuel Garcia on May 20, 2012 :
In his imaginative recreation of Elizabethan times through the de Vere household Hildbrandt manages to convey with sensitivity, power and emotion, something essential not only about the brooding genius that gave birth to the Shakespearean oeuvre, but to the complex familial and political relationships that plagued him.

It is a fascinating and sensitive rendering with an emotion missing from anything else I have read about de Vere, an emotion that for me founds its devastating culmination in a scene postulating the fate of the mss of the man behind the mask of Shakespeare.

I wish every high school student in the English-speaking world would have a copy of this book as they struggle to comprehend a Shakespeare whose life is presented to them as fact, when there is nothing but fiction in the Stratfordian account -- certainly nothing that would persuade a young and enthusiastic mind were it not for the sheer coercion of the established curriculum to accept its postulates.

I give it my highest recommendation.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Susan Bosscawen on May 09, 2012 :
Hildebrandt takes his reader on an unusual journey through the eyes of a dead woman reliving her life in medieval times. She and others faced many restrictions in life due their station under those in powerful positions. He writes tenderly of her as a young teen on her wedding night, yet, fiercely of the harshness of the times. Pay attention to her changing voice from her ghost to herself as a child then to a woman. It's a great read giving insight into the politics, religion, relationships and history of this era.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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