The Spring of the Ram: The Second Book of The House of Niccolo

Dorothy Dunnett


With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of element she dropped at her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the old 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 method to the helm of a mercantile empire.

In 1461, Nicholas is in Florence. subsidized by way of none except Cosimo de' Medici, he'll sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, final outpost of Byzantium, and the final jewel lacking from the crown of the Ottoman Empire. yet hassle lies forward. Nicholas's stepdaughter--at the gentle age of thirteen--has eloped along with his rival in alternate: a Machiavellian Genoese who races sooner than Nicholas, sowing catastrophe at each port. And time is of the essence: Trebizond might fall to the Turks at any second. Crackling with wit, breathtakingly paced, The Spring of the Ram is a pyrotechnic combination of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, shades, and flamable feelings of the fifteenth century.

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