Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless 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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Niccolo at last!
Escapades of a bastard dye-shop apprentice, Klaas
The best. I read it twice. Dorothy Dunnett's style is most sophisticated. She is a brilliant writer. I want to read all 8 of the series now. The action flows fast, and there is not too much battle, but lots of adventure and romance, politics and diplomacy, trade and travel. The alum trade is fascinating and it is interesting to see the character of Klass develop into that of Niccolo, the Medici courier.
Klaas of course. Dorothy Dunnett portrays him in near death escapades right from the beginning, evoking one's immediate sympathy and hero-worship.
The attempt at his death in a barrel on the fire barge, and how he managed to escape and what it led to.
No, it is far too long, but excellent value for my one monthly credit as there are so many listening hours.
I listened to it twice, after I had finished the 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the series, because there is so much in the first book that relates to future books in the series. I appreciated who was who much better the second time. Having started to learn Italian just over a year ago and been to Florence and Venice, I could relate more to the ancient city states in Italy. I had also visited Bruges so could imagine the beautiful city with its canals in the 15th century better.