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Series: Dunnett, Dorothy. The House of Niccolò, in all its volumes, deals with the forerunner without whom Lymond would not have existed: the unknown who fought his way to the high ground that Francis Crawford would occupy, and held it for him. It is fiction, but the setting at least is very real. The man I have called Nicholas de Fleury lived in the mid-fifteenth century, three generations before Francis Crawford, and was reared as an artisan, his gifts and his burdens concealed beneath an artless manner and a joyous, sensuous personality.

The 4th in the Niccolo series, Dunnett is at her best here, constantly changing direction, each word carefully chosen, taking us on adventure after adventure.

Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). The 4th in the Niccolo series, Dunnett is at her best here, constantly changing direction, each word carefully chosen, taking us on adventure after adventure.

The house of niccolò seriesby dorothy dunnett. Dorothy Dunnett was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. She is the author of the Lymond Chronicles; the House of Niccolò novels; seven mysteries; King Hereafter, an epic novel about Macbeth; and the text of The Scottish Highlands, a book of photographs by David Paterson, on which she collaborated with her husband, Sir Alastair Dunnett. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. Lady Dunnett died in 2001.

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The House of Niccolò is a series of eight historical novels by Dorothy Dunnett set in the y European Renaissance. The protagonist of the series is Nicholas de Fleury (Niccolò, Nicholas van der Poele, or Claes), a boy of uncertain birth who rises to the heights of European merchant banking and international political intrigue.

Scales of Gold book Four more books to go and five lives.

In this, the fourth book of the House of Niccolo series, our hero travels to Portugal, Madeira, and Timbuktu. He is accompanied by his friend (who is also his conscience), Father Godscalc. Godscalc is on a mission to find the Kingdom of the famous Prester John in Ethiopia. Four more books to go and five lives. Truly amazing how Dunnett was able to capture 15th Century Africa and a trek from south to north across the Sahara Desert, among other things.

Erotic, lush with detail, the fourth book in the House of Niccolo series embraces the complexity of the . Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historical novel, presents The House of Niccolò series.

Erotic, lush with detail, the fourth book in the House of Niccolo series embraces the complexity of the Renaissance as it tells of Nicholas's trip to Africa, where he learns firsthand of the brutality and grandeur of the Dark Continent. Map. 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 Niccolò series. The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe.

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 Niccolò series. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. The year 1464 finds Nicholas back in Venice.

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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 Niccolò 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, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire.       The year 1464 finds Nicholas back in Venice. Plagued by enemies bent on dissolving his assets and smearing his character, he sets sail for Africa, legendary location of the Fountain of Youth, home to a descendant of Sheba and Solomon, and the source of gold in such abundance that men prefer to barter in shells. He will learn firsthand the brutality and grandeur of the Dark Continent, from the horror of the slave trade to the austere nobility of Islamic Timbuktu. He will discover, too, the charms of the beautiful Gelis van Borselen--a woman whose passion for Nicholas is rivaled only by her desire to punish him for his role in her sister s death. Erotic and lush with detail, Scales of Gold embraces the complexity of the Renaissance, where mercantile adventure couples with more personal quests behind the silken curtains of the Age of Discovery.

Scales of Gold: Book Four of the House of Niccolo epub download

ISBN13: 978-0375704802

ISBN: 0375704809

Author: Dorothy Dunnett

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Genre Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: Vintage (June 1, 1999)

Pages: 544 pages

ePUB size: 1488 kb

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Rating: 4.4

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Gholbirdred
Someone said that "Reviewing P. G. Wodehouse is like taking a spade to a souffle." Reviewing Dorothy Dunnett is the opposite of that, whatever that might be. Taking a scalpel to the great pyramid at Giza?

The 4th in the Niccolo series, Dunnett is at her best here, constantly changing direction, each word carefully chosen, taking us on adventure after adventure. You never know who will die, who will survive, who will wish they hadn't. Her writing is far too dense to appeal to everyone, and the question "Which of these words best describes the mood" is really absurd when applied to any of her work. The obvious answer is "all of the above." I chose "dark" since "all" wasn't offered, and they are in "darkest 15th century Africa" but but "thoughtful," "suspenseful," or even "hopeful" might be accurate (OK, nothing Dunnett ever wrote is "light-hearted" or "nostalgic"). My favorite line is applied to Father Godscalc in Timbuktu:

“He felt here a hunger for books as great as he had heard to be the hunger for salt, when a man rotting and lost in the rainforest would eat his own arm for the life in it.”

No, not "light-hearted" or "nostalgic." Just a genius for adventure.
Gholbirdred
Someone said that "Reviewing P. G. Wodehouse is like taking a spade to a souffle." Reviewing Dorothy Dunnett is the opposite of that, whatever that might be. Taking a scalpel to the great pyramid at Giza?

The 4th in the Niccolo series, Dunnett is at her best here, constantly changing direction, each word carefully chosen, taking us on adventure after adventure. You never know who will die, who will survive, who will wish they hadn't. Her writing is far too dense to appeal to everyone, and the question "Which of these words best describes the mood" is really absurd when applied to any of her work. The obvious answer is "all of the above." I chose "dark" since "all" wasn't offered, and they are in "darkest 15th century Africa" but but "thoughtful," "suspenseful," or even "hopeful" might be accurate (OK, nothing Dunnett ever wrote is "light-hearted" or "nostalgic"). My favorite line is applied to Father Godscalc in Timbuktu:

“He felt here a hunger for books as great as he had heard to be the hunger for salt, when a man rotting and lost in the rainforest would eat his own arm for the life in it.”

No, not "light-hearted" or "nostalgic." Just a genius for adventure.
Grari
I've read this series several times over the years, and always find something I've missed. Each book is about a different source of money, in a different part of the Renaissance world.Niccolo has gathered several enemies over the series, all of whom are out to get him, and take over his business. Want to know what Timbuctu was like in the 16th Century? Take a trip across Africa with Niccolo and his team. Dorothy Dunnett knew how to keep her readers awake at night, unable to put a book down. My all time favorite author has collected a troupe of unforgettable characters and put them in unknown Africa. Every Niccolo book ramps up the tension a bit more.
Grari
I've read this series several times over the years, and always find something I've missed. Each book is about a different source of money, in a different part of the Renaissance world.Niccolo has gathered several enemies over the series, all of whom are out to get him, and take over his business. Want to know what Timbuctu was like in the 16th Century? Take a trip across Africa with Niccolo and his team. Dorothy Dunnett knew how to keep her readers awake at night, unable to put a book down. My all time favorite author has collected a troupe of unforgettable characters and put them in unknown Africa. Every Niccolo book ramps up the tension a bit more.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
Love it. Subsaharan Africa at the beginning of the Europe's Age of Discovery is amazingly varied and is largely unrepresented in Western fiction. It was great to have Dunnett take time with the canvas of Timbuoktu, inhabit the cultural conflicts and opportunities. She still gave herself enough time for the characters to get back to Europe for a twisty ending that has me looking forward to the next book.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor
Love it. Subsaharan Africa at the beginning of the Europe's Age of Discovery is amazingly varied and is largely unrepresented in Western fiction. It was great to have Dunnett take time with the canvas of Timbuoktu, inhabit the cultural conflicts and opportunities. She still gave herself enough time for the characters to get back to Europe for a twisty ending that has me looking forward to the next book.
Marg
This is not a stand-alone book. The "House of Niccolo" series needs to be read in order. If you're a fan of historical fiction where the author has researched the non-fictional characters, the places and the historical elements, Dorothy Dunnett is the author for you. In her talented hands, the history doesn't show off or weigh heavily on the fictional characters and their stories. They move through the mid-15th Century as if they were true inhabitants of that era. It was a time where trade flourished, voyages of discovery encountered strange new worlds, and civilizations went to war for good reasons, pillage, or to satisfy the whims of rulers. Not unlike the 21st century. Dunnett's complex, realistic, fascinating cast of characters will keep the pages turning. Filled with adventure, mystery, vengeance, duty, and love, the story captures human nature and the decisions they make with the cards they are dealt. But start with the first book of the series, or you'll be lost.
Marg
This is not a stand-alone book. The "House of Niccolo" series needs to be read in order. If you're a fan of historical fiction where the author has researched the non-fictional characters, the places and the historical elements, Dorothy Dunnett is the author for you. In her talented hands, the history doesn't show off or weigh heavily on the fictional characters and their stories. They move through the mid-15th Century as if they were true inhabitants of that era. It was a time where trade flourished, voyages of discovery encountered strange new worlds, and civilizations went to war for good reasons, pillage, or to satisfy the whims of rulers. Not unlike the 21st century. Dunnett's complex, realistic, fascinating cast of characters will keep the pages turning. Filled with adventure, mystery, vengeance, duty, and love, the story captures human nature and the decisions they make with the cards they are dealt. But start with the first book of the series, or you'll be lost.
Fordredor
I love Dorothy Dunnett's work. While the Lymond Chronicles are my favorite series, these books are a bit more accessible. I don't have to work so hard to understand them so I can read them quickly and just enjoy the story. By the end of this book I am wondering if she hates Nicholas- the hits just keep on coming. I feel like the poor guy needs a break. But as always she told a vibrant and intricate story.
Fordredor
I love Dorothy Dunnett's work. While the Lymond Chronicles are my favorite series, these books are a bit more accessible. I don't have to work so hard to understand them so I can read them quickly and just enjoy the story. By the end of this book I am wondering if she hates Nicholas- the hits just keep on coming. I feel like the poor guy needs a break. But as always she told a vibrant and intricate story.
JUST DO IT
I've read the series three times now. Of the thousands of books I've read in my life (I'm retired), the eight volumes of The House of Niccolo comprise my very favorite book. Dorothy Dunnett was an amazingly brilliant writer!
JUST DO IT
I've read the series three times now. Of the thousands of books I've read in my life (I'm retired), the eight volumes of The House of Niccolo comprise my very favorite book. Dorothy Dunnett was an amazingly brilliant writer!
Yozshunris
Prompt and professional. Recommend. A+A+A+
Yozshunris
Prompt and professional. Recommend. A+A+A+
I love this series, which I first read maybe 20 years ago. I reread this volume soon after I read the whole series because I was traveling to Africa. And now, 20 year later, I am reading it again. Dorothy Dunnett has done impeccable research and adds that to a wonderful plot. Read this book, but read it after the first three of the series, starting with Niccolo Rising.
I love this series, which I first read maybe 20 years ago. I reread this volume soon after I read the whole series because I was traveling to Africa. And now, 20 year later, I am reading it again. Dorothy Dunnett has done impeccable research and adds that to a wonderful plot. Read this book, but read it after the first three of the series, starting with Niccolo Rising.