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In the Company of the Courtesan (2006)

by Sarah Dunant

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Interesting, but not spectacular. I really liked the last Dunant novel I read, but this one did not give the same level of enjoyment. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
OK but too long and eventually to boring to continue with. Didn't finish. ( )
  SChant | Apr 28, 2015 |
Great with 16th century Venice, though I suspect a couple of things might have been from later centuries. ( )
  lisahistory | Jan 26, 2015 |
Historical fiction is one of those genres I've always relinquished to my sister, but having read two of Dunant's novels over the summer, I've come away with a certain appreciation for the art form. ( )
  laurustina | Jan 14, 2015 |
Having recently been to Venice, I very much enjoyed this novel that took place there. It also was very interesting to learn about the life in the 15th century Rome and Venice. The eroticism in the book was a bit too heavy for my liking but thankfully did not overpower this novel. A good read. ( )
  Smits | Oct 25, 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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