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The questions, discussion topics, historical background, and author biography are designed to enhance your group's reading and discussion of Dorothy Dunnett's eight bestselling novels in the House of Niccol?. We hope this guide will enrich your experience of these intriguing and adventuresome works of historical fiction.

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9780375708565
Author:
Dunnett, Dorothy
Publisher:
Vintage Books
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New York
Subject:
Historical
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History
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Adventure and adventurers
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Historical - General
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Historical fiction
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Belgium
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Merchants
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Flanders
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Vander Poele, Nicholas
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Adventure fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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historical fiction;fiction;historical;15th century;house of niccolo;scotland;niccolo;novel;merchants;dorothy dunnett;dunnett;historical novel;renaissance
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Trade paper
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Vintage
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08
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20010531
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
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English
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WITH MAPS AND GENEALOGY
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720
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Product details 720 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375708565 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the stunning finale to "The House of Niccolo" series, Nicholas de Fleury returns to Scotland to seek personal redemption and a haven for his recently reunited family. There he soon becomes swept up in a political maelstrom involving King James III of Scotland.
"Synopsis" by , Scotland, 1477: Nicholas de Fleury, former banker and merchant, has re-appeared in the land that, four years earlier, he had brought very close to ruin in the course of an intense commercial and personal war with secret enemies--and, indeed, with his clever wife Gelis.

Now the opportunity for redemption is at hand, but Nicholas soon finds himself pursuing his objectives amid a complex, corrosive power struggle centering on the Scottish royal family but closely involving the powerful merchants of Edinburgh, the gentry, the clergy, the English (ever seeking an excuse to pounce on their neighbor to the north), the French, the Burgundians. His presence soon draws Gelis and their son Jodi to Scotland, as well as Nicholas's companions and subordinates in many a past endeavor--Dr. Tobias and his wife Clé mence, Mick Crackbene, John le Grant, and Andro Wodman among them. Here, too, Nicholas meets again with others who have had an influence, for good or evil, in his life: King James III of Scotland and his rebellious siblings; the St. Pols: Jordan, Simon, and young Henry; Mistress Bel of Cuthilgurdy and David de Salmeton; Anselm Adorne and Kathi his niece. Caught up in, and sometimes molding, the course of great events, Nicholas exhibits by turns the fierce silence with which he masks his secrets, and the explosive, willful gaiety that binds men, women, and children to him. And as the secrets of his birth and heritage come to light, Nicholas has to decide whether he desires to establish a future in Scotland for himself and his family, and a home for his descendants.

Gemini brings to a dazzling conclusion Dorothy Dunnett's "House of Niccolò series (synopsized in thisvolume), in which this peerless novelist has vividly re-created the dramatic, flamboyant world of the early Renaissance in historical writing of scrupulous authenticity and in the entrancing portrait of her visionary hero. Now, in a book infused with wit and poetry, emotion and humor, action and mystery, she brings Nicholas de Fleury at last to choose his heart's home, where he can exercise all his skills as an advisor to kings and statesmen, as a husband, a father, and a leader of men--and where, perhaps, we will discern a connection between him and that other remarkable personality, Francis Crawford, whose exploits Lady Dunnett recorded so memorably in "The Lymond Chronicles.

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