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In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel
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Narrator: Richard E. Grant
Format: Abridged
Release Date: April 2006
Audio Length: 5.75 hours
Rating: 44 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (11555 ratings)
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My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor's army blew a hole in the wall of God's eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment. Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant's epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. 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 comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan's court. But Fiammetta and Bucino's greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all. A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world's greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page.

About the Author: Sarah Dunant
 

Born on August 8, 1950 in London, The United Kingdom Sarah Dunant is one of the most favored Fiction authors among our customers. Featuring a selection of popular audio books like The Birth of Venus: A Novel, In the Company of the Courtesan and The Birth of Venus: A Novel, read by well-known audio book narrators Jenny Sterlin, Kathe Mazur and Stephen Hoye, Sarah Dunant has a total of 6 audiobooks in AudiobookStore.com's catalog. While The Birth of Venus: A Novel was added to our database in 2004, making it her oldest audio book available on our website, Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel is the most recent addition to our selection of audio books from Dunant. All 6 audiobooks from Dunant make up over 69 hours of timeless Fiction stories for customers to enjoy, including Blood & Beauty: The Borgias; A Novel and The Birth of Venus: A Novel. To find the audio book that best suits you, please visit her audio book page: Sarah Dunant audiobooks.

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