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In The Company of the Courtesan

by Sarah Dunant

In The Company of the Courtesan
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    Feb 2006, 384 pages
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    Feb 2007, 392 pages

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Paints a portrait of one of the world's greatest cities (Renaissance Venice) at its most potent moment in history. Novel

From the book jacket: Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid.

With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her.

Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership ...

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