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The Faking of Artemas Towse

John Kinski

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It has been Artemas Towse’s lifelong ambition to become an actor and playwright. He dreams about playing in the Globe Theatre, but his Puritan father has been instrumental in closing it down. It is 1642, and London is consumed by Civil War, withMoreIt has been Artemas Towse’s lifelong ambition to become an actor and playwright. He dreams about playing in the Globe Theatre, but his Puritan father has been instrumental in closing it down. It is 1642, and London is consumed by Civil War, with intrigue and anarchy at every corner. Trapped at his lathe as a lowly apprentice, Artemas adopts a secret life and practises his thespian skills on “the stage of life”. He soon finds himself caught up in events that test his acting skills to the limit.Posing as a dandy Cavalier, he loses at dice to Parliament’s most feared soldier, Sir Francis Mordet. In an attempt to pay his gambling debt, he assumes the identity of a rich plantation owner and woos the spirited Alicia, daughter of the King’s main funder, Sir Mortimer Bowmaster. Mordet kidnaps Alicia in order to coerce Artemas into spying on both Royalists and radicals. Artemas’s first mission is to kill Alicia’s father in Oxford. His second is to track down a radical known as Martha, a firebrand who espouses democracy and the rights of women. Inspired by Shakespeare’s fools, Artemas is accompanied by an imaginary clown who chatters in his head - and occasionally out loud - in times of crisis.“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances- and one man in his time plays many parts.”William Shakespeare