By Dorothy Dunnett
With the bravura storytelling and stinky authenticity of aspect she dropped at her acclaimed Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett, grande dame of the historic novel, provides the home of Niccolò sequence. The time is the fifteenth century, whilst intrepid retailers turned the recent knighthood of Europe. between them, none is bolder or extra crafty than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his technique to the helm of a mercantile empire.
The yr is 1471. in the circus of statecraft, the place the lions of Burgundy, Cyprus, England, and Venice stalk and snarl, Nicholas wields a valued whip. Having wrested his little son Jordan from his estranged spouse, Gelis, he embarks at the maximum company scheme of his life-- starting with a trip to Iceland. yet whereas Nicholas confronts service provider knights, polar bears, and the frozen volcanic wastelands of the North, a better problem awaits: the vengeful Gelis, whose secrets and techniques threaten to topple all Nicholas has completed. this is Dorothy Dunnett at her top. Robustly paced, prodigiously particular, To Lie with Lions renders the quicksands of Renaissance politics in addition to the turnings of the human soul, from like to hate and again.