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By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of element she delivered to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the old novel, provides 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 strategy to the helm of a mercantile empire.
Winter 1474 unearths Nicholas exiled within the frozen port of Danzig, Poland. His Machiavellian exploits in Scotland have fee him pals and family--not to say numerous riches. because the ice melts, temptations come up. Will he support 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 previous, purely to find the key identification of his most up-to-date comrade in arms--a tantalizing ghost from the prior poised to deal him the crowning dying blow.
Shimmering with element, alive with intrigue, Caprice and Rondo is Dorothy Dunnett's quicksilver evocation of an international the place pleasure is fleeting, love is unforeseen, and fact the rarest commodity of all.

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The captain sat up. ‘You desire a activity? ’ there have been no jobs in wintry weather. Danzig used to be sealed in by way of ice. There will be no ships within the port until eventually March. ‘No,’ acknowledged Colà. ‘Or no longer until eventually spring. Or now not till I come to a decision the place I’m going. I simply are looking to go an wonderful iciness with my inferiors. ’ Ten mins later, identifying themselves up from the snow open air the Artushof: ‘They’ll by no means allow you to again in,’ Benecke stated. ‘Yes, they'll. besides, you begun the struggle, and they’ll forgive you. Do i am getting a mattress? ’ ‘No,’ had acknowledged Paúel Benecke. ‘You’d destroy my wintry weather complaining approximately your girls. ’ ‘I shouldn’t,’ stated Colà. ‘You’d get into mattress with my girls. ’ ‘Of course,’ had acknowledged Colà. ‘You couldn’t cease me. That’s why you don’t wish me to return. ’ that point, nobody separated them, and it used to be 3 days ahead of both of them might speak with no lisping. Colà have been dwelling in his residence ever because, and Danzig could always remember him, nor might Paúel Benecke. He may by no means need to omit him. He was once going to maintain him in Danzig for the remainder of his existence. regardless of the blood at the snow. Now he stated, ‘So the place have you ever left her? ’ ‘Never brain. besides, she’s now not yours, she’s mine. I received a physician to work out to the boy. ’ ‘I proposal his arm used to be going to return off. you should be chained up and installed a lazar condominium. ’ ‘Come on,’ Colà stated. ‘I’m going to tame her. Then I’m going to promote her to you. ’ ‘Before or once you pay me to your accommodation? ’ Paúel Benecke acknowledged. He gazed with fascination on the scratches everywhere in the different man’s neck and fingers. He acknowledged, ‘What if she’s diseased? ’ ‘You’re fearful? ’ ‘No,’ stated Benecke. ‘But I’m thirsty, and the glance of you is spoiling my thirst. stable evening, idiot. ’ He left, slamming the door. You came across a guy you'll get pleasure from winters with, and he nonetheless behaved, from time to time, like an fool. of their first weeks jointly, he had came across it. Ingenuity, convinced; lunacy even, to some extent — these have been appropriate, these have been what the retailers from Lübeck had loved. yet those escapades led via Colà have been suicidal. 3 weeks after he got here, the placement had come to a head over the bison hunt. Then they'd been out of town, vacationing over snow to the forests, with their canines, their nets, their spears and arrows. Colà had discovered, God knew from the place, that the beasts have been enraged through crimson textile, and had introduced a few. It had ended with the demise of 2 males, whereas Colà cavorted around one of many animals in snow-crusted boots, whirling the material around his fur hat and calling and whistling. It were humorous, very well. in the course of the intense possibility that threatened all of them, it used to be nonetheless humorous to determine the massive guy addressing the bison in prose, tune and verse, whereas thousand kilos of big beast reduced its horns and skittered backwards and forth, its eyes pink as lamps and the snow flying in clods from its coat because the textile whisked approximately, nearly touching. Then a puppy received tossed within the air, and a guy; and after the second one guy died, Paúel gave the order they usually all ran in with their spears and took the beast, to the chance in their personal lives.

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