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 Charlesas 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 cityas 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 manas 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|
|Publisher||:||Pan Macmillan - 2011-02-22|