Bart Casey is a writer living in Brattleboro, Vermont. His passion is uncovering great stories from forgotten history – as in his recent books, Anne Vavasour and Sir Henry Lee (ebook 2019), The Wonder Seekers of Fountaingrove (2018: co-authored with Gaye LeBaron) and The Double Life of Laurence Oliphant (2015-6). His new novel coming in May 2019, The Vasasour Macbeth, blends British history of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods with modern-day action and suspense.
Many of Bart’s interests were shaped by growing up in England, majoring in English literature at Harvard, and studying at the University of Vermont for a teaching career. But with no teaching jobs to be had in 1974, Bart abandoned academia for a forty-year career in international direct marketing and advertising – which turned out to be a much better way to pay mortgages and make his children's college tuition payments.
Now writing full-time, Bart is working on a sequel novel to The Vavasour Macbeth in which the same modern-day characters follow in the footsteps of Byron, Keats and the Shelleys around post-Napoleonic Switzerland and Italy.
The Vavasour Macbeth
Buried Shakespearean treasure from an ancestor’s tomb brings a disillusioned BBC reporter home to solve her father’s murder and restart her life with the man who has always loved her.
When Margaret Hamilton’s father rescues Elizabethan manuscripts from a flooded tomb, he asks his daughter’s former fiancé Stephen to help decipher them, bringing the couple back together again.
At first, the documents only seem to resurrect Anne Vavasour’s remarkable true story: how she came to Queen Elizabeth’s court as a sixteen-year-old Maid of Honour; was seduced by the Earl of Oxford; delivered a babe at court in the attending maidens’ chamber; was sent to the Tower; yet later flourished for twenty years as the mistress of the wealthy widower Sir Henry Lee, Elizabeth’s champion at the joust (and rumored half-brother of the queen).
But when Margaret and Stephen uncover links between the buried papers and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ruthless art and antiquities thieves scheme to take the priceless papers at any cost.
Blending fiction with little-known facts from history and research, The Vavasour Macbeth ranges from the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts to modern-day England, revealing many mysteries of ancient handwriting, manuscripts, and playmaking along the way. Not all facts taught in school about the Elizabethan era, Shakespeare, and Macbeth are proven, and you may be surprised to learn how many questions really do remain open and unsolved.
Anne Vavasour and Sir Henry Lee2019
The Wonder Seekers of Fountaingrove2018
The Double Life of Laurence Oliphant2015
Awards and Recognition
- The Double Life of Laurence Oliphant. Kirkus Starred Review and featured in Kirkus Best Books of 2015 and 2016