About the book
With their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her companion dwarf Bucino escape the sack of Rome. It’s 1527. They head for the shimmering, decadent city of Venice. Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of sixteenth-century Renaissance Italy is a story about the sins of pleasure and the pleasures of sin, an intoxicating mix of fact and fiction, and a dazzling portait of one of the worlds greatest cities at its most potent moment in history.
Reviewed by Goodworth Clatford WI reading group:
Very well written, vivid, characters lived. Setting familiar to those who had been to Venice. Language crude but fitted the time and scene.
Star rating: ***