Daughters of the Doge

Daughters of the Doge

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Venice, 1556: a wealthy, bustling, multi-cultural city, with a standard of living four times that of anywhere else in Europe. Into this exciting world comes twenty-year-old English protestant Richard Stocker, recovering from the execution of his friend Lady Jane Grey (a friendship recounted in Edward Charlesa€™s debut novel In the Shadow of Lady Jane.) Soon Richard finds himself caught up in the complexities of La Serenissima, and involved with three of the citya€™s most remarkable women: Faustina Contarini, a nun imprisoned in a convent by her noble family; Yasmeen Ahmed, Muslim clerk and book-keeper to the great artist Tintoretto; and Veronica Franco, artistsa€™ model, courtesan and poet. Each has her own story to tell, but they have one thing in common: they are all daughters of the Doge, held captive by the contradictory laws and regulations of this teeming city. This is a thrilling account of a young mana€™s transformation, as he discovers love, faith and deception in a colourfully evoked Renaissance Venice.energetic-looking man, perhaps in his late thirties, who carefully rubbed paint from his hand before offering it to me in ... His preference would be for a head and shoulders portrait, but including the hands. a#39;The purpose of the portrait would be to assist in potential marriage negotiations, and in this respect there is, you will understand, a degree of urgency, although we are, ... through cancellations, he would be most pleased to accommodate you, and to fit in with your own busy timetable.

Title:Daughters of the Doge
Author:Edward Charles
Publisher:Pan Macmillan - 2011-02-22


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