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By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of aspect she delivered to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historic novel, offers the home of Niccolò sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, whilst intrepid retailers grew to become the hot knighthood of Europe. between them, none is bolder or extra crafty than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his option to the helm of a mercantile empire.
     Niccolò emerging, e-book one of many sequence, unearths us in Bruges, 1460. Jousting is the genteel hobby, and profitable retailers are, of necessity, polyglot. road shrewdpermanent, very good at figures, adept on the subtleties of international relations and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless event that wins him the hand of the most powerful girl in Bruges and the hatred of 2 robust enemies. From a riotous and very likely murderous carnival in Flanders, to an avalanche within the Alps and a pitched conflict at the outskirts of Naples, Niccolò emerging combines background, experience, and excessive romance within the culture stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

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