Scales of Gold: The Fourth Book of The House of Niccolò by Dorothy Dunnett

By Dorothy Dunnett

With the bravura storytelling and smelly authenticity of aspect she delivered to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the old novel, provides the home of Niccol? sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, while 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 approach to the helm of a mercantile empire.       The 12 months 1464 unearths Nicholas again in Venice. affected by enemies bent on dissolving his resources and smearing his personality, he units sail for Africa, mythical situation of the Fountain of juvenile, domestic to a descendant of Sheba and Solomon, and the resource of gold in such abundance that males like to barter in shells. he'll research firsthand the brutality and grandeur of the darkish Continent, from the horror of the slave alternate to the austere the Aristocracy of Islamic Timbuktu. he'll observe, too, the charms of the gorgeous Gelis van Borselen--a girl whose ardour for Nicholas is rivaled in simple terms through her wish to punish him for his function in her sister s loss of life. Erotic and plush with element, Scales of Gold embraces the complexity of the Renaissance, the place mercantile event with extra own quests in the back of the silken curtains of the Age of Discovery.

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And now he was here. The great boat from the roundship was suddenly visible: an ugly, well-painted vessel, low in the water with coffers and men, and lying athwart the crowded canal as it waited to cross to its mooring. The rowers were the Adorno’s own marines, dressed in caps and clean tunics. Packed among them were the Bank’s envoys, and servants. Distinguishable from them all were the two principal passengers, seated aft and robed as for the elaborate charade of their landing. One he knew at once by his colour and size: Loppe, by God!

He greeted many by name, and most with some obvious grasp of their duties. It was not the magic it seemed: by every packet from Cyprus he had commanded this detail. The result, as he had foreseen, was to transform him at once from a symbol into a person. They were not going to like or respect him immediately, but the seeds had been sown; the easy manner barely touched with authority was perfectly judged. And, as he had divined, the events of the morning had done nothing to diminish his stature.

I hope to God you’re not going to Portugal after it? Or maybe you don’t need to. ’ ‘They paid up,’ said Nicholas.

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