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In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel

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My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her.

Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court. But Fiammetta and Bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all.

A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.

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Synopsis:

Set in Renaissance Italy, this follow-up to Dunant's "The Birth of Venus" recounts the fantastic escapades of Bucino Teodoldo, a wily dwarf, and his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini, who escape to Venice where intrigue awaits.

Synopsis:

Historisk roman fra renæssancens Italien om kurtisanen Fiammetta og hendes fortrolige, dværgen Bucino, som flygter fra den tysk-romerske kejsers tropper fra Rom til Venedig, hvor de med en blanding af mod og list infiltrerer det venetianske borgerskab og skaber sig en ny glimrende tilværelse.

About the Author

Sarah Dunant has written eight novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Birth of Venus, and edited two books of essays. She has worked widely in print, television, and radio, and is now a full-time writer. Dunant has two children and lives in London and Florence.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588365507
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Sarah Dunant
Author:
Dunant, Sarah
Subject:
Fiction-General
Subject:
Fiction-Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Blind women
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Audiobooks -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060214
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
371

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In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel
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Product details 371 pages Random House - English 9781588365507 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Set in Renaissance Italy, this follow-up to Dunant's "The Birth of Venus" recounts the fantastic escapades of Bucino Teodoldo, a wily dwarf, and his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini, who escape to Venice where intrigue awaits.
"Synopsis" by , Historisk roman fra renæssancens Italien om kurtisanen Fiammetta og hendes fortrolige, dværgen Bucino, som flygter fra den tysk-romerske kejsers tropper fra Rom til Venedig, hvor de med en blanding af mod og list infiltrerer det venetianske borgerskab og skaber sig en ny glimrende tilværelse.
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