The House of Niccolo

9 books in series
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Niccolo Rising Publisher's Summary

Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies.

Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

©1986 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Niccolo Rising

    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 26 hrs and 15 mins
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    Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Nicholas van der Poele rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. Niccolo Rising combines history, adventure and high romance in the tradition stretching from Alexandre Dumas to Mary Renault.

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    • Niccolo Rising

    • House of Niccolo, Book 1
    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    The time is the 15th century, when intrepid merchants became the new knighthood of Europe. Among them, none is bolder or more cunning than Nicholas vander Poele of Bruges, the good-natured dyers apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a mercantile empire. Niccolo Rising, Book One of the series, finds us in Bruges, 1460. Street smart, brilliant at figures, adept at the subtleties of diplomacy and the well-timed untruth, Dunnett's hero rises from wastrel to prodigy in a breathless adventure that wins him the love of the strongest woman in Bruges and the hatred of two powerful enemies. 

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  • Book 2

    • The Spring of the Ram

    • House of Niccolo, Book 2
    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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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 tot he Turks at any moment.

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  • Book 3

    • Race of Scorpions

    • House of Niccolo, Book 3
    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Race of Scorpions by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks. This is the third book in the House of Niccolo series. Set in 15th-century Cyprus, this novel continues the saga of Nicholas van der Poel, international mercenary who started out as a dyer's apprentice, as he plays for the highest stakes with the greatest superpowers in Europe.

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  • Book 4

    • Scales of Gold

    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Scales of Gold by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks. The year 1464 finds our hero Nicholas in Venice. Plagued by enemies bent on dissolving his assets and smearing his character, he sets sail for Africa, legendary location of the Fountain of Youth and the source of gold in such abundance that men prefer to barter in shells. He will discover the charms of the beautiful Gelis - a woman whose passion for Nicholas is rivalled only by her desire to punish him for his role in her sister's death. Erotic and lush with detail, Scales of Gold embraces the complexity of the Renaissance, where mercantile adventure couples with more personal quests behind the silken curtains of the Age of Discovery.

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  • Book 5

    • The Unicorn Hunt

    • House of Niccolo, Book 5
    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Unicorn Hunt by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks. The fifth title in the House of Niccolo sequence, recreating the perilous world of trade, war and banking in Renaissance Europe. Niccolo has returned to Venice from Africa - richer, wiser yet ever unpredictable. He journeys to Scotland, closer at hand to the secrets of his birth.

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  • Book 6

    • To Lie with Lions

    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of To Lie with Lions by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks. Merchant-banker Nicholas de Fleury, having wrested his infant son from the boy's formidable mother, pauses en route to the land of golden light to set in train a deception that will ensnare nations in the triumphant ruin of his enemies. This is volume six in the House of Niccolo.

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  • Book 7

    • Caprice and Rondo

    • House of Niccolo, Book 7
    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Caprice and Rondo by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks. January 1474, in the deep cold of an ice-bound Danzig: a man is spending a frivolous winter not facing up to his responsibilities.... It is the merchant Niccolo, diviner, soldier, banker to Kings; shunned by all who know him after revelations of his murderous mischief-making. But his talents are too great to be squandered, and a subtle political dance ensues as rivals in Poland, Venice, and Persia bid for his services in trade and war and diplomacy. Niccolo has lost his family, but he will discover a new purpose in life....

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  • Book 8

    • Gemini

    • House of Niccolo, Book 8
    • By: Dorothy Dunnett
    • Narrated by: John Banks
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    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Gemini by Dorothy Dunnett, read by John Banks. Gemini represents the final appearance of Nicholas de Fleury, who opened this series as a carefree, clumsy 18-year-old apprentice in Flanders. Now he is in his 30s. The culmination of this amazing series sees Niccolo face his toughest battle yet, against an enemy who will tax every skill he has acquired over the course of the last few years....

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