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Daughters of the Doge

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The year is 1556 in Venice—a wealthy, bustling, multicultural city—20-year-old English protestant Richard Stocker isrecovering from the execution of his friend Lady Jane Grey. Soon Richard finds himself caught up in the complexities of La Serenissima and involved with three of the city’s most remarkable women— Faustina Contarini, a nun imprisoned in a convent by her noble ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published May 4th 2007 by Pan Macmillan
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Elle Saverini
A British blade's coming-of-age story begins in mid 16th century England & migrates in starkly realistic scenes through the low countries and finally into Venice. Three remarkable & completely diverse women are featured: a courtesan, a Muslim, and a noble nun, all based on scholarly research and woven so well into the fabric of Venetian society that I'd trust this author in every detail.
This is his second in a series of hist'l fiction and his academic facts are stronger than his writing
This was another brilliant historical fiction. All about Renaissance Venice. It had me checking our my maps, pictures, art, history, and just immersing myself in the drama of the age. What a wonderful way to end the holiday.

I really enjoyed the vivid Venice that the author painted. I also loved the links to Tudor England, my other favorite genre. I am delighted to see that Edward Charles has written more books, especially on the Medici family in Florence. Can't wait to read those, but I think I

This novel had so much potential – an exquisite setting in one of the richest periods of history, a cast of artists and royalty, and a personable hero – but I didn’t feel it ever quite delivered on its promise.

For the most part, it reads like a novel marketed at the young adult market, but occasionally the language changes to something that is definitely more adult in nature, so that it hovers on the brink between then, neither one thing nor the other. The narrative is al
Didn't find this as good as the previous book; it certainly didn't live up to the promise of the blurb. I found the central character Richard Stocker actually quite unlikeable this time!
Saturday's Child
I enjoyed it for the plot being set in Venice but I did not enjoy it as much as his other novel In the Shadow of Lady Jane.
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Dec 30, 2007 Marga Vr marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Venice lovers
Shelves: historical
Renaissance Venice story
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Edward Charles was born in South Wales in 1941 and brought up in north London.

He developed his interest in English social and economic history at school, butbelieving it would never find him a job, studied economics and law at the University College of Wales and then took a PhD in corporate finance at (the then
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