Moll Frith, the Roaring Girl

"Moll Frith was the most notable woman in London after the Queen, to whom she was as opposite as a chunk of red glass from a ruby." The Secret Player, Chapter XII   As Queen Elizabeth was known for her gems and finery, Moll Frith was known for the paste jewel she wore...

A longtime college teacher of literature, Jinny Webber has in recent years turned her primary attention to historical fiction. The protagonists of her novels set in Shakespeare’s England are women who resist the female role which requires obedience, chastity—and silence. Though England is ruled by Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare creates outspoken female characters, on the stage of his day, women’s roles were played by boys and young men.
Webber’s novels depict the challenges of women who try to find their own way: in London, onstage, at the royal court, in love, and as creative individuals, set against a background of theatre, poetry, and political turmoil.