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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks.

In 1461, the mysterious, enigmatic Nicholas is in Florence. Backed by none other than Cosimo de' Medici, he will sail the Black Sea to Trebizond, last outpost of Byzantium, and the last jewel missing from the crown of the Ottoman Empire. But trouble lies ahead.

Nicholas's step-daughter - at the tender age of 13 - has eloped with his rival in trade: a Machiavellian Genoese who races ahead of Nicholas, sowing disaster at every port. And time is of the essence: Trebizond may fall to the Turks at any moment.

Crackling with wit, breathtakingly paced, The Spring of the Ram is a pyrotechnic blend of scholarship and narrative shimmering with the scents, sounds, colors and combustible emotions of the 15th century.

©2000 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 08-10-20

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A great Follow on book. Twists when you do not expect them. Characters are established now. Narration perfect.

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  • 01-01-20

Again, superb.

Another superb book from DD. Can’t wait to get on to the next book. And registering.

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  • 05-11-21

Fantastic narrator.

Most minor characters in this series are actual people recorded in history. The Niccolo "family" and company are of course fictional. This book focuses on Trebizond, a city of the dying Byzantine Empire. It touches on the prevalence of slaves, the limitations imposed on women, trade, the Medici, the value of books, the sultan Mehmet, the Turkomans, the Mamelukes, and the importance of mercenaries.