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

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

Dorothy Dunnett


With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of aspect she delivered to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the ancient novel, offers the home of Niccolò sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, while intrepid retailers turned the recent 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 approach to the helm of a mercantile empire.

In 1461, Nicholas is in Florence. sponsored by means 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 smooth age of thirteen--has eloped together with his rival in exchange: a Machiavellian Genoese who races prior to 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 mix of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, colours, and flamable feelings of the fifteenth century.

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