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Fair Em   By: (1564-1616)

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Fair Em by Unknown is a fascinating and captivating tale that takes readers on a journey through love, loss, and redemption. Set in a medieval English town, the story unfolds with a sense of both mystery and romance.

The narrative centers around the two main characters, Em and Valingford, whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Em, a young and beautiful woman, finds herself caught in a web of deceit and betrayal. Valingford, a nobleman with a troubled past, becomes infatuated with Em and is determined to win her heart.

The author expertly weaves a tapestry of emotions, as we witness the intense and complicated relationship between Em and Valingford. Their love is tested by various obstacles, including jealousy, revenge, and societal expectations. Through it all, the readers are left wondering whether their love will be strong enough to withstand the adversity they face.

What makes Fair Em so engaging is the author's ability to transport readers into the medieval world. The vivid and descriptive language paint a detailed picture of the era, from the costumes to the settings. This attention to detail allows readers to truly immerse themselves in the story.

Additionally, the characters in Fair Em are well-developed and multi-dimensional. Em is portrayed as a strong and independent woman, who refuses to let others dictate her destiny. Valingford, on the other hand, is a complex character with flaws and vulnerabilities, making him more relatable and human.

The pacing of the story is just right, with moments of suspense and intrigue interspersed with tender and heartfelt scenes. This balance keeps readers engaged and invested in the outcome of Em and Valingford's journey.

However, Fair Em's biggest drawback is the fact that it remains an anonymous work. The lack of known authorship prevents readers from further exploring the writer's style, other works, or historical context. It also hinders the book's recognition and potential impact within the literary canon.

In conclusion, Fair Em is a hidden gem in medieval literature, offering a captivating story of love and strife. Its enchanting setting, well-rounded characters, and expertly crafted narrative make it a compelling read. While the anonymous nature of the work may be a limitation, it should not deter readers from delving into the mystical world of Fair Em.

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By William Shakespeare




WILLIAM the Conqueror. ZWENO, King of Denmark. Duke DIROT. Marquis of Lubeck. MOUNTNEY. MANVILLE. ROZILIO. DIMARCH. Danish Embassador. The Miller of Manchester. TROTTER, his Man. Citizen of Chester.

BLANCH, Princess of Denmark. MARIANA, Princess of Suethia. Fair EM, the Miller's Daughter. ELINER, the Citizen's Daughter. English and Danish Nobles. Soldiers, Countrymen, and Attendants.

Actus Primus. Scaena Prima.

Windsor. A State Apartment.


[Enter William the Conqueror; Marques Lubeck, with a picture; Mountney; Manville; Valingford; and Duke Dirot.]

MARQUES. What means fair Britain's mighty Conqueror So suddenly to cast away his staff, And all in passion to forsake the tylt?

D. DIROT. My Lord, this triumph we solemnise here Is of mere love to your increasing joys, Only expecting cheerful looks for all; What sudden pangs than moves your majesty To dim the brightness of the day with frowns?

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