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Race of Scorpions (House of Niccolo)

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Publisher Comments:

With the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett presents The House of Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire.

      In 1462, Nicholas is a wealthy 21-year-old. His beloved wife has died. His stepchildren have locked him out of the family business. He and his private army are the target of multiple conspiracies. And both contenders for the throne of Cyprus, the brilliant Queen Carlotta and her charismatic, sexually ambivalent brother James, are demanding his support. Walking a tightrope of intrigue, Dunnett's hero juggles adversaries and allies, from the delectable courtesan Primaflora to the Mameluke commander Tzani-Bey al Ablak, a man of undiluted evil. Masterfully paced, alive with sensual delights, Race of Scorpions confirms Dorothy Dunnett as the grande dame of the genre.

Review:

"History professors would serve their students and society better if they substituted superb historical novels such as this sweeping saga for the musty tomes presently on their required reading lists. This one is a fascinating picture of life on the 15th century Mediterannean shores in the conquest of Cyprus by a Venetian merchant/adventurer." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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About the Author

Dorothy Dunnett was born in 1923 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Her time at Gillespie's High School for Girls overlapped with that of the novelist Muriel Spark. From 1940-1955, she worked for the Civil Service as a press officer. In 1946, she married Alastair Dunnett, later editor of The Scotsman.

Dunnett started writing in the late 1950s. Her first novel, The Game of Kings, was published in the United States in 1961, and in the United Kingdom the year after. She published 22 books in total, including the six-part Lymond Chronicles and the eight-part Niccolo Series, and co-authored another volume with her husband. Also an accomplished professional portrait painter, Dunnett exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on many occasions and had portraits commissioned by a number of prominent public figures in Scotland.

She also led a busy life in public service, as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, a Trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial, and Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. She served on numerous cultural committees, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. She died on November 9, 2001, at the age of 78.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375704796
Subtitle:
The Third Book of The House of Niccolo
Preface:
Dunnett, Dorothy
Author:
Dunnett, Dorothy
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Cyprus
Subject:
Bruges (belgium)
Subject:
Merchants
Subject:
Fifteenth century.
Subject:
Vander Poele, Nicholas
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
historical fiction;fiction;historical;15th century;house of niccolo;niccolo;cyprus;dunnett;renaissance;novel;dorothy dunnett;scotland;medieval
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
III
Publication Date:
19990330
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP AND GENEALOGY
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.08x5.16x1.00 in. 1.03 lbs.

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