Niccolo Rising

Niccolo Rising

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In this first book of The House of Niccol#65533; series, the author of the Lymond Chronicles introduces a new hero, Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire.

With the bravura storytelling and pungent authenticity of detail she brought to her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccol#65533; series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges.

Niccol#65533; Rising, Book One of the series, finds us in Bruges, 1460. Jousting is the genteel pastime, and successful merchants are, of necessity, polyglot. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the hand of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. From a riotous and potentially murderous carnival in Flanders, to an avalanche in the Alps and a pitched battle on the outskirts of Naples, Niccol#65533; Rising combines history, adventure, and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1999, c1986
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780375704772
0375704779
Branch Call Number: F Dun

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KatieKAM
Jun 07, 2014

Read the House of Niccolo series when I was in high school and now re-reading (along with the Lymond series). I highly recommend Dorothy Dunnett's historical fiction for anyone interested in a story deeply embedded in the history of the time, with nuance, rich detail and a fascinating, multi-faceted plot.

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bonnieyes
Jan 26, 2013

I'm having a hard time getting into this book. I loved the Outlander series by Gabaldon, Phillipa Gregory's series. But after 14 pages I still can't figure out what's going on. I don't care about the characters. Lots of words used in archaic ways makes reading this heavy work.
Since the other review is 5 stars, maybe I'll give it another try.
I must be missing something.

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Tashi
Jul 16, 2010

This is the first in the series of the House of Niccolo. I have read all 7 books three times. The characters are deep and very interesting. The setting is Europe just before the Renaissance. Huge changes were taking place all across Europe and the Middle East at this time. Dorothy Dunnett brings history alive without making it tedious. The main character Niccolo is a fascinating Renaissance man, in the true sense of the word.

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