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The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
The Lady and the Unicorn
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A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a... show more
A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now. Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look. In The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry—an extraordinary story exquisitely told.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452285453 (0452285453)
ASIN: 452285453
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 250
Edition language: English
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Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it
2.0 The Lady and the Unicorn
I'm on a roll - reading authors/genres I *know* I won't like. Tracy Chevalier is perhaps my most love-to-hate author. I haven't really liked anything she's written since Girl With a Pearl Earring (which I read when I was a dummy undergrad so we really can't trust that assessment). Chevalier is th...
Under The Mountain
Under The Mountain rated it
0.0 Lady and the Unicorn
It's not often you find a historical book that doesn't info dump you with famous people (like the entirety of the Tudors). So I'm pretty intrigued to find out what this book has to offer.
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs rated it
4.0
This was a fantastic read! This is the first book I've read by Tracy Chevalier, and I loved her writing style and voice.Each chapter was written from the perspective of a different character, which can be really hit or miss. But each chapter made me love that character more, and gave me more insight...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 The Lady And The Unicorn
An interesting idea and a clever conceit, but I really didn't care much what happened to the characters and wanted to slap Nicholas!
The Book Lantern
The Book Lantern rated it
2.0 The Lady and the Unicorn
Incredibly clunky and just flat-out dull. If you've read Girl With a Pearl Earring you can pretty much track where this story's going to go. It's very predictable and the sexual subplots were laughable in places. Sorry, Ms Chevalier, but this was just not worth my time, even for the really lovely sc...
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