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In the Company of the Courtesan - Sarah Dunant
In the Company of the Courtesan
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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... show more
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.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812974041 (0812974042)
ASIN: 812974042
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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vysed
vysed rated it
4.0 I think I'm weird.
Per my last post, I started this book completely blind. No previously read reviews and I didn't refresh my memory on the summary. I mean, I had an idea by the title but it was so very different, and better, than I expected! I should preface by saying that I have a weird fascination with courtesans...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 In The Company Of The Courtesan
Honestly not as good as The Birth of Venus. But interesting. Told from the viewpoint of Bucino, the companion of Fiametto, the courtesan of the title. THe story opens in a besieged Rome, which the two of them escape to go to Venice, where Fiametto once again sets up a career as a courtesan. Int...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
2.0 In the Company of the Courtesan
Really wanted to like it, as it was highly recommended by a friend, but I found it dragged. I kept waiting for something to happen, besides the move to Venice, and kept reading and reading and finally gave up.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork
Don't Be Afraid of the Dork rated it
3.0
I picked this book up at the library after reading and liking The Birth of Venus (BOV) by Sarah Dunant. In this novel she again sets her story in renaissance Italy, this time in the early 1500’s and in Venice. I had a no idea that Italy was in such turmoil during the renaissance but apparently it ...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it
5.0
I totally loved this book. What a story! Pure escapism into a real historical past. Marvelous - such a good story. At the end of the book the author clearly states what is fact and what is fiction. I had already looked up several of the characters and deeds. This book and Wikepedia make history into...
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