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Race of scorpions

Author: Dorothy Dunnett
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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. In 1462, Nicholas is a wealthy 21-year-old. His beloved wife has died. His stepchildren have locked him out of the family business. He and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Historical fiction
Adventure fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy Dunnett
ISBN: 039457107X 9780394571072
OCLC Number: 20722282
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: ix 534 pages, [1] leaf of plates : map ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Dorothy Dunnett.

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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. In 1462, Nicholas is a wealthy 21-year-old. His beloved wife has died. His stepchildren have locked him out of the family business. He and his private army are the target of multiple conspiracies. And both contenders for the throne of Cyprus, the brilliant Queen Carlotta and her charismatic, sexually ambivalent brother James, are demanding his support. Walking a tightrope of intrigue, Dunnett's hero juggles adversaries and allies, from the delectable courtesan Primaflora to the Mameluke commander Tzani-Bey al Ablak, a man of undiluted evil. Masterfully paced, alive with sensual delights, Race of Scorpions confirms Dorothy Dunnett as the grande dame of the genre.

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