The Spring of the Ram: The House of Niccolo 2 - House of Niccolo (Paperback)Dorothy Dunnett (author)
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The exquisitely-researched standaloneprequel series to Dorothy Dunnett's revered Lymond Chronicles, following theancestors of Francis Crawford of Lymond in Continental Europe.
In 1461, the mysterious enigmatic Nicholas is in Florence. Backed by none other than Cosimo de' Medici, he will sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, last outpost of Byzantium, and the last jewel missing from the crown of the Ottoman Empire. But trouble lies ahead. Nicholas's step-daughter - at the tender age of thirteen - has eloped with his rival in trade: a Machiavellian Genoese who races ahead of Nicholas, sowing disaster at every port. And time is of the essence: Trebizond may fall tot he Turks at any moment. Crackling with wit, breathtakingly paced, THE SPRING OF THE RAM is a pyro technic blend of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, colors and combustible emotions of the 15th century.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 592
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 35 mm
Praise for Dorothy Dunnett-- - * - *
A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention -- - * New York Times *
Marvellous, breathtaking-- - * The Times *
A masterpiece of historical fiction -- - * Washington Post *
One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas -- - * Cleveland Plain Dealer *
Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety -- - * The Times *
Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction -- - * New York Times *