The School of Night
Author: Louis Bayard
Published: March 29, 2011 by Henry Holt
King James I has just assumed the throne of and Thomas Harriot, known as [he wasn't really known as that then, does it matter?] England's Galileo, ponders the universe from his modest home on his friend's estate. Measuring gravity almost 60 years before Newton, noting the pattern of a comet named, in the next century, by Halley, discovering the law of refraction. Harriot, the mathematician, astronomer, ethnographer and translator, is also a member of a group of five brilliant scholars who meet under the cloak of darkness to discuss God, politics and the black arts. When the estate provides him with a housekeeper, he has little idea how important she will become—in his studies and in his heart.