Niccolo Rising: The House of Niccolo

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Penguin Adult, 1986 - Fiction - 592 pages
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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 dyers apprentice who schemes and swashbucukes his way to thehelm of a merchantile empire. NICCOLO RISING, Book One of the series, finds us in Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in abreathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. NICCOLO RISING combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

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User Review  - Kirstie_Innes-Will - LibraryThing

The first in the incomparable Niccolo series. Stands alone as a masterful piece of historical fiction, but has so much more resonance once you've read to the end of this series - a masterwork of plotting! Read full review

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User Review  - stuart10er - LibraryThing

I also struggled with the first book of the Lymond series. It seems like it is necessary to set up the vast array of characters and (more importantly) outline what their motives or goals might be ... Read full review

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About the author (1986)

Dorothy Dunnett is best known for her two superb series of historical fiction - The Lymond Chronicles, and The House of Niccolo - set in the 15th and 16th centuries and ranging all over Europe and the Mediterranean while being anchored in Scotland, and for King Hereafter, the 11th century story of Earl Thorfinn of Orkney whom Dorothy believed was also King Macbeth. She died 9 November 2001.

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