To Lie with Lions: The Sixth Book of The House of Niccolo

By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and smelly authenticity of element she delivered to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historic novel, offers the home of Niccolò sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, whilst intrepid retailers turned the recent knighthood of Europe. between them, none is bolder or extra crafty than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his option to the helm of a mercantile empire.
  The 12 months is 1471. in the circus of statecraft, the place the lions of Burgundy, Cyprus, England, and Venice stalk and snarl, Nicholas wields a valued whip. Having wrested his little son Jordan from his estranged spouse, Gelis, he embarks at the maximum company scheme of his life-- starting with a trip to Iceland. yet whereas Nicholas confronts service provider knights, polar bears, and the frozen volcanic wastelands of the North, a better problem awaits: the vengeful Gelis, whose secrets and techniques threaten to topple all Nicholas has accomplished. here's Dorothy Dunnett at her most sensible. Robustly paced, prodigiously designated, To Lie with Lions renders the quicksands of Renaissance politics in addition to the turnings of the human soul, from like to hate and again.

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It had come to him lately, the reality approximately Nicholas, or what he concept was once the reality. He acknowledged, ‘And you're correct, if you happen to communicate of his brain. yet what the center of Nicholas lives by way of isn't the current, nor what's to return. it's the previous. ’ To the exasperation of all other than, maybe, the King, the sieur de Fleury endured to be absent throughout the 1st days of the woman Mary’s arrival and imprisonment and, having by way of now nearly a doctorate in disappearance, remained misplaced. John le furnish, at whose aspect he unexpectedly seemed, bruised and sneezing, did not anything to offer away the whereabouts of his padrone; yet was once cheered via the centred violence of either his language and his labours – a phenomenon frequently linked to a guy fortunately again from his marriage ceremony mattress, or from doting dutifully over a crib. The enterprise being gun-casting, there has been lots of exertions to do, and meticulous making plans. while it shifted to the hot boat-yard, it was once scarcely much less strenuous. by the point the patient was once able to return, the chilly had long past and the marks on his face have been hardly ever obvious. He had stated not anything that was once to not do with the paintings, yet of that he had acknowledged greatly to the purpose. John accumulated that Crackbene were left in attendance in Edinburgh, yet may almost immediately set sail as used to be deliberate. it might be worthwhile quickly to be visible to be divining, with which Father Moriz may possibly predicament himself or now not, as he happy. Father Moriz was once at the present with the Cistercians in Culross, carrying out an scan with a pump. John suggestion that, with Nicholas during this temper, it might be to boot if Moriz stayed there. He didn't speak about both Nicholas’s son or his spouse, whom he assumed to be on the backside of this displacement. He did enquire in regards to the way forward for the woman Mary, who used to be identified to have get back to Scotland. Nicholas, his face smeared, had sat again and collected a beaker. He used to be consuming water back. ‘The King will maintain her quick until eventually he’s persuaded her that she’s Tom’s in simple terms likelihood, and that if she leaves, he’ll ensure that Tom dies. at least, Edward will simply wait see you later to determine if she’s coming, after which he’ll do away with negative homeless Thomas. ’ ‘You helped her go away Scotland,’ John acknowledged. He used to be now not within the enterprise of shielding the sensibilities of Nicholas. ‘She could have left besides. The King is aware that. and that i acquired her a pleasant domestic with Adorne. ’ ‘So now she remains indefinitely locked within the fort? ’ ‘Not necessarily,’ Nicholas stated. ‘In truth, she’s most likely left there already. I’ve steered she strikes into the excessive road with Gelis. ’ ‘What! ’ acknowledged John. Nicholas checked out him. ‘You bear in mind. Gelis was one in every of her women. The nurses may also help, and the nuns. Adorne can have not more to do, and the kids will like it. Margaret, Jordan and James. ’ ‘Does she recognize? ’ John le supply requested. ‘Gelis? she's going to through now,’ Nicholas responded. It have been left to Govaerts to hold the message to the dame de Fleury in her new condominium within the excessive road, which she had occupied for under every week.

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