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Niccolò Rising (1986)

por Dorothy Dunnett

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Séries: The House of Niccolo (1)

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Dunnett has chosen the 15th-century Low Countries as the setting for her historical series. The four-page list of characters announces the panoply of individuals, many based on historical persons.
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Enjoyed the first few titles the most, but they got too dark and depressing later on.
Brilliant, of course, in both research and writing. ( )
  librisissimo | Oct 6, 2020 |
It's taken a good long while for me to read Dorothy Dunnett's classic work of historical fiction, and I must confess that what with the bushfire catastrophe absorbing most of my attention, Niccolò Rising hasn't had my full concentration. That's no fault of the author: it's a fine novel, and I can see why there are legions of Dorothy Dunnett fans. It's just... well, all Australians understand about the anxiety that has commandeered our thoughts...

Niccolò Rising is the first novel in the series. The House of Niccolò was written over a 14 year period and consists of

  1. Niccolò Rising, (1986) set in 15th century Europe and introducing the hero of the series

  2. The Spring of the Lamb (1987)

  3. Race of Scorpions (1989)

  4. Scales of Gold (1991)

  5. The Unicorn Hunt (1993)

  6. To Lie with Lions (1995)

  7. Caprice and Rondo (1997)

  8. Gemini (2000)


I was only half way through the book when I wanted to know more about Dunnett (1923-2001), but Wikipedia wasn't very forthcoming about aspects of the novel that interest me: the themes of transcending the restrictions of class and gender. However, a talk reproduced at the Dorothy Dunnett website was more illuminating...

The series arose after the success of The Lymond Chronicles (1961-1975) and was inspired by Britain's swing to the Right under Margaret Thatcher and the rise of yuppies and city wheeler-dealers. (We remember these people well in Australia, Alan Bond et al.) Dunnett had a background in business and trade working in the Board of Trade when Scotland's economy was recovering in the postwar period. She understood how business worked, and as the website says:
... Dorothy looked at a time period a century earlier than Lymond, when the Renaissance was just beginning to affect Europe and the newly developed Double entry book-keeping systems using the quite recently imported Arabic number system* were revolutionising commerce and trade. Banking in particular was becoming an important aspect of business.

She wanted to explore these developments and look at how for the first time it was possible for someone with the right skills to move up from a lowly position in society to a position of power – just as was apparently happening in the London financial markets of the 1980.
*There's a witty mention of this when Roman Numerals are noted as much more difficult to fiddle with than their Arabic replacements.

If not for the blurb, one might read for quite a while without the book's hero being revealed. Even so, it comes as a surprise...

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2020/01/09/niccolo-rising-the-house-of-niccolo-1-by-dor... ( )
1 vote anzlitlovers | Jan 8, 2020 |
First book in the series. It's alot of detail to set you for the rest of the series. I am currently re-reading the entire series. The last 1/4 of th ebook starts getting into the character to get you into them. ( )
  karenhulseman | Dec 3, 2019 |
First book in the series. It's alot of detail to set you for the rest of the series. I am currently re-reading the entire series. The last 1/4 of th ebook starts getting into the character to get you into them. ( )
  karenhulseman | Dec 3, 2019 |
When Dunnett finished the Francis Crawford of Lymond series she felt there was more to Francis Crawford's story that needed to be detailed. By way of explanation she went back to the 15th century. Niccolo Rising is the first in the House of Niccolo series and features Nicholas de Fluery, three generations before Francis Crawford of Lymond's birth. For reference, the 1459 Queen of Scots is thirteen years old.
Be prepared for high drama! Nicholas (or Niccolo or Nicholas vander Poele or Claes, as he is first called) only wants what every young man craves - acceptance, recognition, and love from his elders. When we first meet him, he is known as Claes, an eighteen year old dyer's apprentice. Clumsy as a puppy and equally annoying, the people in his life spend most of their time babysitting his actions and cleaning up his messes. It is hard to imagine Claes's transformation into a good-with-numbers, savvy businessman who capture the heart of one of the most prestigious women in the country. Much like 15th century Bruges's commerce and trade, Claes undergoes a spiritual and intellectual growth. By the end of Niccolo Rising he is practically unrecognizable. And that's when the fun starts... ( )
  SeriousGrace | Sep 7, 2018 |
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