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By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and smelly authenticity of element she dropped at 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 grew to become the hot 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 technique to the helm of a mercantile empire.
Winter 1474 reveals Nicholas exiled within the frozen port of Danzig, Poland. His Machiavellian exploits in Scotland have price him associates and family--not to say numerous riches. because the ice melts, temptations come up. Will he help the Muslim Prince Uzum Hasan opposed to the Turks? Will he lose himself one of the mystery, scented gardens of the Crimea within the fingers of a detailed friend's bride? As Nicholas pursues his destiny, his estranged spouse, Gelis, seeks the reality approximately his prior, purely to find the key identification of his most up-to-date comrade in arms--a tantalizing ghost from the earlier poised to deal him the crowning dying blow.
Shimmering with element, alive with intrigue, Caprice and Rondo is Dorothy Dunnett's quicksilver evocation of a global the place pleasure is fleeting, love is unforeseen, and fact the rarest commodity of all.

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He may perhaps get pleasure from a few of it,’ Kathi acknowledged. ‘Look. He has a lifestyles to fill. it could possibly besides have a function. ’ ‘And Nicholas is meant meekly to move at any place the Patriarch desires him? ’ ‘I think,’ acknowledged Kathi, ‘that will be unrealistic. i feel the Patriarch’s pushing, now not pulling, and he wishes you as his floppy-eared beater. You’re speculated to flush Nicholas out, and force him painlessly east, on the trot. ’ She gave an involuntary shiver. Robin moved, and used to be nonetheless. they'd an association; or relatively he had, with himself. Kathi positioned her hand into his. She acknowledged, ‘We’ll cross jointly. I’ll converse to my uncle tomorrow … My mattress appears to be like very chilly. Who will hot it? ’ IT was once challenging, that interview the next day to come. Departure used to be shut, and Anselm Adorne used to be preoccupied with the wishes of his trip, and of the relations, grown and half-grown, he used to be abandoning. additionally, his vacationing significant other the Patriarch of Antioch had known as, unacceptably overdue and less agreeable than he had ever been. whilst Kathi came upon him, her uncle used to be grim. Katelijne Sersanders of Berecrofts may well appear like a toddler part her age, yet she suggestion and felt like an grownup. In asking her favour, she used to be aware of the criteria opposed to her. Her abundance of power (her uncle may possibly say) was once misleading, and her future health fragile. She can be settling to marriage, as Robin needs to be fostering his grandfather’s enterprise. And finally, after all, it was once outdoors universal decency that Nicholas de Fleury should still declare her options or her time. Deceived by means of the guy whom he had watched transforming into from boyhood, Anselm Adorne used to be trying to overlook de Fleury, and so she needs to, too. regardless of all of that, Kathi Sersanders sat by means of her uncle’s table and positioned her suggestion, and difficult guy although he will be, her uncle gave her the courtesy of a listening to. A simply Justice of the Peace, a Flemish–Italian service provider prince with generations of Genoese the Aristocracy at the back of him, Anselm Adorne had no longer calmly given in, both, whilst his niece had proposed to marry younger Robin. yet he used to be keen on her, and he revered her judgement, and Scotland had provided safeguard. Or so it had appeared to him then. So now, Adorne stated, ‘It is Robin, now not you, who desires to locate and get in touch with de Fleury? ’ ‘I shouldn’t cease him,’ she acknowledged. ‘Robin used to be his web page, then his squire. He can’t put out of your mind. He must converse to Nicholas; to meet himself over what has occurred. ’ ‘And you? ’ her uncle requested. She had now not been dazzled, like Robin, via the compendium of various delights which made Nicholas at the beginning sight so profitable. She have been a serious admirer, a fellow lover of tune and, latterly, suddenly, a chum. till the disaster. She acknowledged, ‘Now i feel Nicholas is better left on my own. ’ ‘Certainly, that might be my opinion,’ her uncle saw. He didn't intricate, yet he was once pondering, she knew, of his activity. This undertaking will be thorny adequate, with no inviting extra difficulty. envious of Adorne, Nicholas may be stirred, if resurrected, to discover methods of obstructing the challenge. And whereas he was once unfastened to impugn whom he wanted, Adorne’s fingers have been tied.

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