riba_rambles muses on Kithere, and says just about everything that I would have said, only better.
Except that's a more blatant plug for The Stratford Man than I probably would have managed. *g*
Also, may I recommend Anthony Burgess' A Dead Man In Deptford, if you can get through it? It's not an easy book. But it is a brilliant one.
Given a brief survey of the pattern of interests on my fond-strangers-list (Yes, still not done being amused by that), may I recommend you slash fans start with Edward II?
The Complete Works available through the Persues project at Tufts.