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In the Company of the Courtesan (2006)

by Sarah Dunant

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I really enjoyed this book. Fiammetta is the quintessential courtesan with the heart of gold, as well as the youth, beauty, & intelligence to make her something special in a city as cultured & corrupted as Rome in 1527. Bucino is her man of the house, a dwarf who is literate as well as sharp as a tack. When Rome falls to the followers of Luther in that year, they escape & make their way to Venice, the city of Fiammetta's birth & upbringing. Along the way, they meet an old friend, Pietro Arentino, & make some new, influential ones.

It's a story of love, death, hope & horrors, friendships, betrayals, & knowing who to turn to in a time & place where you can drown in the canals as easy as you can glide upon them.... ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 11, 2014 |
Sarah Dunant is brilliant! I read a lot of historical fiction, but only if it's really well-written (so many books, so little time for dull writing). I learned a lot of history in this book and I completely enjoyed the experience! I also loved "The Birth of Venus". ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
The book was good verging on great. The ending was anti-climactic. I do hope Durant added an Epilogue. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Mar 7, 2014 |
This books was painfully slow and hard to get into, but the historical detail and Bucino's inner monologues were stunning and worth plowing through the rest for ( )
  Mistress_Bedlam | Mar 6, 2014 |
I didn't like this as much as the other Sarah Dunant book I read - but it was enjoyable enough. ( )
  debbie.menzel | Feb 6, 2014 |
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My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor's army blew a hole in the wall of God's eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.
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My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment.

Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her.

Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court. But Fiammetta and Bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all.

A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.


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Renaissance Italy, 1527,during the sacking of Rome. Cortesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion Bucino, with their stomachs full of the jewels they have swallowed, head for Venice. There they infiltrate Venetian society and together the make a perfect partnership - the sharp tongued, sharp witted dwarf and his mistress trained from birth to entertain and satisfy men with money. As their fortunes increase their partnership comes under threat from the attentions of an admirer and from a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives with devastating consequences for them all.… (more)

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