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The mirror makers

Author: Clare Colvin
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the tradition of Restoration and Tulip Fever, Clare Colvin takes a historical theme in a novel about the secret process of mirror-making and the court of Louis XIV." "The Sun King, at the height of his power and ambition, dreams of constructing a great Hall of Mirrors at the palace of Versailles, to reflect his glory. But the only craftsmen who know the secret of the mirrors are in Murano, jealously guarded by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Colvin, Clare.
Mirror makers.
London : Hutchinson, 2003
(OCoLC)606958177
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clare Colvin
ISBN: 0091794404 9780091794408
OCLC Number: 52395622
Description: 406 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Clare Colvin.

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Louis XIV dreams of constructing a Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. But the only craftsmen who know the secret process are prisoners of the Venetian Republic. The promise of riches  Read more...

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A splendid historical theme made into a novel about the ancient secret Venetian process of making mirrors. Louis XIV is building Versailles and dreams of constructing a great Hall of Mirrors, but the Read more...

 
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