Lost Shakespeare play: Rousse plays the leading lady

Two gorgeous knights of the realm were fighting over me – with swords! One was my lover. The other was the Duke of Northumberland, determined to win me as his own. I buried my face in the right shoulder of my beloved as the Duke lanced his unprotected left armpit. Blood spurted everywhere. I prayed that my parents would not witness the debris. It was simply far too gory to contemplate. Knowing them, they would take the whole thing literally, forgetting that I was the female lead in this “new” long-lost three-person Shakespearean drama.

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