Richard Agemo, a native of Illinois, studied in France before obtaining postgraduate degrees in Washington, DC where he now resides. A full-time writer, he writes short stories spanning different genres, novels exploring alternative views of history, and a blog focusing on how Shakespeare’s plays mirror real people from the Elizabethan era.

On the banks of the River Thames, Hampton Court Palace at times was called Avon, a short version of Avondunum, an ancient word meaning “fort by the river.” Plays by Shakespeare — the “Sweet Swan of Avon” — were staged at the palace during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I and James I. Photo by Brian Brantner.