The School of Night

The School of Night

Louis Bayard / Jun 19, 2019

The School of Night An ancient mystery a lost letter and a timeless love unleash a long buried web of intrigue that spans four centuries In the late sixteenth century five brilliant scholars gather under the cloak of

  • Title: The School of Night
  • Author: Louis Bayard
  • ISBN: 9780805090697
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long buried web of intrigue that spans four centuries In the late sixteenth century, five brilliant scholars gather under the cloak of darkness to discuss God, politics, astronomy, and the black arts Known as the School of Night, they meet in secret to avoid the wrath of Queen Elizabeth But one of the men,An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long buried web of intrigue that spans four centuriesIn the late sixteenth century, five brilliant scholars gather under the cloak of darkness to discuss God, politics, astronomy, and the black arts Known as the School of Night, they meet in secret to avoid the wrath of Queen Elizabeth But one of the men, Thomas Harriot, has secrets of his own, secrets he shares with one person only the servant woman he loves.In modern day Washington, D.C disgraced Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish has been hired by the ruthless antiquities collector Bernard Styles to find a missing letter The letter dates from the 1600s and was stolen by Henry s close friend, Alonzo Wax Now Wax is dead and Styles wants the letter back But the letter is an object of interest to others, too It may be the clue to a hidden treasure it may contain the long sought formula for alchemy it most certainly will prove the existence of the group of men whom Shakespeare dubbed the School of Night but about whom little is known Joining Henry in his search for the letter is Clarissa Dale, a mysterious woman who suffers from visions that only Henry can understand In short order, Henry finds himself stumbling through a secretive world of ancient perils, caught up in a deadly plot, and ensnared in the tragic legacy of a forgotten genius.

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        A staff writer for Salon, Bayard has written articles and reviews for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nerve, and Preservation, among others Bayard lives in Washington, D.C.


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    1. It was difficult to believe that Alonzo Wax was dead. A collector extraordinaire, books, papers, antiquities, he was also a tornado of a personality, and seemed rather an unlikely suicide. His friend, Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish, is surprised to learn that he has been named executor of Alonzo’s estate. Soon after, the sinister Mr. Styles seeks him out, eager to retrieve from Alonzo’s estate a document that he claims Alonzo stole (think Sydney Greenstreet) from him. The large gentlema [...]


    2. So I haven't finished this book, but reading it is setting my teeth on edge. 1. I hate Elizabethan conspiracy theories. Most offensive among these is the ridiculous idea that the man we know as William Shakespeare did not write the works of William Shakespeare, but this School of Night bullshit isn't that far behind. Could these men have known each other? Yes, although to my knowledge Marlowe did not socialize with men like Raleigh and Percy, who were courtiers and members of the nobility. Havin [...]


    3. I've really loved the Louis Bayard books I've read in the past, so I was pretty excited about this galley. Sadly, this book does not live up to his other efforts. I think the problem is that he's trying to keep two story threads going, and one of them is not as engaging as the other. The book starts in the present time, just after a funeral for the narrator's good friend. There's a purloined letter, a scholarly reputations in ruins, a secret code, and a mysterious woman. Seems like the right mix [...]


    4. The School of Night by Louis Bayard has a really interesting premise. He starts with a secret society made up of Sir Walter Raleigh (oops, Ralegh--don't ask me why we've decided to ditch the "I"), Christopher "Kit" Marlowe, Thomas Harriot and otherse School of Night. A group of men who dare to think about such forbidden topics as alchemy and paganism, who question the existence of God and the meaning of life. In modern times, a page of a letter from Raleigh to Harriot comes to light and with it [...]


    5. Excellent book decided to read it after I read and thoroughly enjoyed the second in the 'All Souls Trilogy' written by historian and author Deborah Harkness. Her 'Shadow of Night' set in Elizabethan England touched upon this band of famous men, and prompted me to seek out other historical fiction on the subject. I felt thorougly engrossed in the time and place, and well-educated on these seemingly forgotten historical figures (especially Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, and Thomas Harriot). [...]


    6. I have enjoyed all of Bayard's historical thrillers, but this one disappointed me. He took an interesting historical premise: a secretive group of humanist thinkers meeting to discuss radical ideas in science, religion and politics - and Da Vinci Coded it up with a cardboard villain, his hulking sidekick, and too many improbable feats of derring-do. I know the reading public loves a fast-paced book, but this one bought its fast pace at the expense of the development of a truly intriguing story. [...]


    7. I noticed that a few reviewers gave The School of Night a low rating because they felt it wasn't as good as other Louis Bayard books they'd read. If that's the case, I can't wait to read them because I thought School was great. Part historical fiction, part thriller, treasure hunt, love story, secret societies ~ it's got it all. The story goes back and forth between 2009 and Elizabethan England with the current day characters trying to solve a mystery left by the characters from the past. You'll [...]



    8. The School of Night has everything it takes to be a bestseller: plot twists (one too many, in fact), present-day sex, 16th-century sex, a giant Scandinavian named Halldor, a possibly murderous book collector - bet you never heard that one before! - and an ancient mystery that poses real danger to contemporary characters. It reminded me very much of The Da Vinci Code, only the ancient mystery was not religious.Here's the premise: Henry Cavendish is "a disgraced Elizabethan scholar" whose best fri [...]


    9. In 16th century England, a group of noted Elizabethan scholars gathered in secret to discuss potentially heretical ideas; this group is known to modern historians as the “School of Night.” 400 years later, Henry Cavendish and his friend Alonzo Wax sought to create such a philosophical school of their own. Years later, Alonzo is dead and has named disgraced academic Henry the executor of his affairs. On the day of Alonzo’s funeral, Henry is approached by noted book collector Bernard Styles [...]


    10. Alonzo Wax has taken his own life and his friends have gathered to say goodbye. Apparently this scholar and Elizabethan collector decided to jump off a bridge, leaving a final message with certain people - including his once close friend, Henry Cavendish - that read: The School of Night is back in business.Henry is amazed as he sits with the funeral party thinking over is past relationship with Alonzo, wondering why such an energetic man would simply call it a day. When a woman dressed in scarle [...]


    11. A fun thriller centered around another gaggle of modern-day book hunters (Elizabethan and Shakespearean this time around) and their 17th-century quarry. The contemporary protagonist is Henry Cavendish, a likable and scholarly loser surrounded by friends who may or may not share his goals. And who may not be his friends at all, for that matter. The part of the story set in the early 1600s revolves around Thomas Harriot, a close friend of Walter Raleigh and beer buddy of Christopher Marlowe and th [...]


    12. While this book leans heavily on the fiction side of historical fiction, I found it an enjoyable read and tried not to be bothered with the liberties it takes with history. I really liked the main characters, for all their flaws, and thought the plot moved along quickly. (I'd would find that I had read 40 pages in less than a half an hour.) The book does a good job balancing the parts set in the present and on the past, and I found that I liked both eras equally, which is unusual for me with a b [...]


    13. The School of Night is written in first person narrative. This novel builds in suspense to the last chapter. The main character, Henry, is personable, as are a few of the other characters - Alonzo, Clarissa and Bernard. Bayard has written an enjoyable read.


    14. This one just didn't grab me, alas. I liked the idea, but it has a slow and rather depressing start, and I couldn't see it getting any more cheerful.


    15. This book reminded me a lot of Dan Brown's style of writing (probably because of the historical base), but it was definitely a different author. There are quirks to Brown's storytelling that I did not find with Bayard. Honestly, I was quite happy with that as I find Dan Brown repetitive at times. I did not find that at all with this novel. I was so impressed with it that I went to my library and checked out two of Bayard's other novels to read. I could have done without all of the romantic plotl [...]


    16. I truly enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. This book talks about the school of night that was in 1603. This book is historical fiction and moves between modern day and 1603. On the surface, it seems to be a treasure quest but it is a history lesson. This book is about a minor character, Thomas Harriot, who was ahead of his time. This is a romance wrapped in a treasure quest with can mystery. A truly satisfying mystery to the end.


    17. I've decided to not finish this. I thought I might find the dual time frame of now and Elizabethan England to be more intriguing than it was. The mystery became a bit too picky and precise, the history insufficiently familiar to make it compelling.


    18. Not a bad book, but the whole time I was reading this I kept wishing that Donna Tart had written this story instead.


    19. I read the School of Night because I have been curious about it-the academic controversy and it's role in prefiguring the Royal Society. In this instance, I was also seeking background on Christopher Marlowe, a character in a book I had to stop reading because it confused me too much. This thriller was satisfying in it's own right, although I found very little clarification about Marlowe in it. His reputation remains a spiteful gay man, cruel to his lovers and with a gift for penning love poetry [...]


    20. Synopsis“A shared quest and a mysterious cabal, four centuries apart . . .When Henry Cavendish attends the funeral of an old friend, the last thing he expects is to be given a business proposition. A handsome sum to retrieve a document that was in his friend’s possession when he died ; a letter from Sir Walter Ralegh. Henry accepts the challenge, despite severe misgivings about his sinister new employer.Four centuries earlier, in Elizabethan England, another quest is playing out. Thomas Harr [...]


    21. Witty and intelligent prose cannot overcome unlikable, bombastic characters and an uninteresting plot in Bayard's The School of Night. Perhaps Bayard got too involved in bringing life to one of history's most underrated scientist, Thomas Harriot, but the juxtaposition of the modern day story line with the historical story line made the book choppy. The only real mystery/suspense in this read was whether or not I would finish the book. After the final word was read, I wish I had given up. If you [...]


    22. Louis Bayard avoids mediocrity in this rendition of love, murder, hidden treasures, alchemy and paranormal experiences. Not only does the reader get a history lesson on the life, times and plethora of scientific discoveries of Thomas Herriot (a name previously unknown to me) the author also manages to deftly merge contemporary and historical storylines to produce a tale rooted in two different centuries and bound together to produce a superb intellectual thriller that is guaranteed to engage eve [...]


    23. This was a bit of an odd book. It has a mild supernatural element to it if one of the characters is telling the truth. It's sort of a murder mystery, with a lot of odd twists. There is intrigue ranging from modern day Washington DC, London, and the English countryside, to that same English countryside in the early 1600's. Many famous people are mentioned and some even play bit parts. Among the well known names are William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Christopher Marlowe.Henry is a classi [...]


    24. This is my first Louis Baynard book and I really enjoyed it. I love historical fiction, adventure, and romance and this book had all three elements. This book reminded me of the movie National Treasure in that it involves academic type people in search for an object of historical significance. It even reminded a little Indiana Jones, Last Crusade as well *spoiler alert* when Claire reveals what side she is on. Claire reminded me of Elsa in the movie.The plot of the book revolves around a disgrac [...]


    25. Disgraced Elizabethan scholar Henry Cavendish first learned about The School of Night from his close friend Alonzo Wax. In the 1600's, a group of English freethinkers, among them Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Harriott, Walter Raleigh, and William Shakespeare, met clandestinely to discuss such forbidden topics as atheism, science, and alchemy. Now, having attended Alonzo's memorial service, Henry is disconcerted by a proposition put to him by a noted book collector, Bernard Styles. Alonzo, it seems [...]


    26. Although some of the denouments were predictable (even with the two or three twists), the overall story was interesting. I doubt I could have told anyone much about Thomas Harriot prior to reading the novel, so it was great to become just a bit more familiar with him - even if a great portion of his charcterization was fictional. I also thought the main contemporary character, Henry, was interesting; though I wish the whole romantic storyline hadn't happened. It's not that I hated the character [...]


    27. After really enjoying Bayard's The Black Tower, I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately the story just felt flat to me. The book centers around a letter apparently written by Walter Raleigh in the early 1600s. Henry Cavendish is an Elizabethan expert, but he's already been burned by one fake Raleigh document, and isn't thrilled to get involved with another. But he may not have a choice. The letter was supposedly in the possession of Henry's friend Alonzo when Alonzo committed suicide. Now [...]


    28. In a perfect and indolent reviewing world (and an the inevitable excuse for brevity) I would sum up Louis Bayard’s “The School of Night” with the following:“Stunning, simply stunning”However, a book of this quality doesn’t deserve such an inconsequential review and with this in mind I will continue! Confession, they say, is good for the soul and the opening line had me vexed!“Against all odds, against my own wishes, this is a love story. And it began, of all places, at Alonzo Wax [...]


    29. I enjoyed this quite a bit. A good parallel pair of stories one set in the time of Walter Ralegh and Kit Marlowe, and the other in the present. A well-writted, exciting and clever book.I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them all. He has a wonderful sense of humour in his writing - the characters all have an irreverant, quirky approach and are unique and interesting.Writing a dual story can either be done really well, or go very wrong. Bayard does it well. He manages to capture the [...]


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