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The Cardinal's Man

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  20 reviews
'Gritty and lively...a colourful depiction of 17th century France'
– CAROL BIRCH, author of Jamrach's Menagerie
A SPELLBINDING TALE SET IN CARDINAL RICHELIEU'S FRANCE With enemies advancing on all sides and Cardinal Richelieu health failing, France is at breaking point. Yet salvation may arrive in the most unlikely form...

Born into poverty and with terrible deformities,

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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Black & White Publishing
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Emily at Reaching While Rooted
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Does anyone else here just love Game of Thrones? Books, TV series, for me it doesn't matter. And of all the characters that make up the series (over 150 major characters) Tyrion Lanister is one of my hands down favorites. The dwarf underdog is a fiery man with a wicked sharp wit and a dark sense of humor. Tyrion is a social pariah, but he doesn't let his differences stop him from rising to be one of the most powerful characters in the entire series.

So when I saw The Cardinal's Man by M.G.
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Yvonne
I loved this book immensley, my raing is 5 stars. This book starts in 1608 in Carmoches, Normandy with the life of Sebastian Morra, born with dwarfism. We are told of his early life and the prejudice shown because of his differences to other people. His parents are poor and manual labour is the only work available to him. But due to his size, his physically unable to complete the majority of tasks. As the years pass he leaves his village and heads to Paris.

He manages to gain employment in the
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Chiara Ropolo
3.5* https://lalettricesullenuvole.blogspo...

Questo libro racconta la vita di Sebastian Morra, un nano nato nel XVII secolo in un paesino sperduto della Francia.
Amato dalla madre, tollerato dai fratelli, viene però considerato un mostro, un abominio, da tutti gli altri. Il suo fisico diverso poi gli impedisce di lavorare per sopravvivere, ma dopo diverse peripezie riesce a diventare un giullare nella corte Reale.

Intelligente, colto e dalla lingua affilata, per una serie di eventi diventerà una
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Melisende
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another novel inspired by one of Velasquez's paintings of the dwarfs at the Spanish royal court. In this instance, the main character is Don Sebastian de Morra, whose story is set in both the royal court of Louis XIII of France then the Spanish Court at the beginning of what will become known as the War of the Spanish Succession.

Who could ask for a better backdrop into which a distinctive character is inserted, and is central - yet despite his wit, Sebastian is still out of his depth in a court
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Karen Cole
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Cardinal's Man was inspired by Velázquez's portrait of court dwarf, Sebastián de Morra and although is a fictionalised telling of his story, many of the characters and events are broadly based on historical facts, albeit with some alterations for dramatic effect. Although not a period I'm knowledgeable about (and as I've never watched Game of Thrones the Tyrion Lannister reference meant little to me!) I was soon completely absorbed by this book.
Told in chronological order, we are introduced
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Nancy
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I am fully aware that works of historical fiction ARE fiction, but nonetheless my personal knowledge of history is almost exclusively obtained through reading historical novels. Would I have picked up a biography of Cardinal Richelieu? No, I don't think so, but I enthusiastically read this story.

I was thoroughly mesmerized by THE CARDINAL'S MAN, which centered around Richelieu's domination of the court of Louis XIII. Mr. Sinclair's story of political intrigue was told through the relationship
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Stephanie Matheson
It’s a great read. I love the story and enjoyed every page of the book. It was always a pleasure to retreat for some reading time and plunge back into 17th century France (and Spain) to see what would happen to Sebastian next. The book brings the era to life and I liked the settings and descriptions, and the use of all the senses – sight, smell, hearing, touch….

First and foremost: This book is sublimely written. Clever and witty. I often had to smile about a description or a phrase I liked. The
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Mirella
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a good book where the underdog not only survives, but triumphs. This is one such book. At the heart of the story is Sebastian, a dwarf. He is bullied, beaten, cheated, cast out, and struggles to survive. With is cunning wit and wily courage, he is able to survive the depths of poverty when he is forced to live on the streets. It is there that he learns how to dodge trouble or face it with true grit.

His life turns around when he finds himself as a dwarf entertainer in King Louis' court.
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The Idle Woman
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This, likeGirl with a Pearl Earring, is a novel born from a painting, from a striking face that seems to look out at us across centuries and to spark a shock of fellow-feeling. While Tracey Chevalier's famous book took its inspiration from the coy glance of a Dutch teenager, Sinclair's story is inspired by a much more direct confrontation: Diego Velazquez's Portrait of Don Sebastián Morra, in the Prado, dating from 1645. Using this powerful image as a starting point, Sinclair reimagines
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Zelda Rhiando
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully written and intensely imagined. I was drawn into the 17th Century France, from Sebastian's harsh early years in a remote fishing village, through to his expert and sometimes hair-raising navigation of the intrigues and danger of the royal court. It's beautifully plotted too. A must-read!
Zoe
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks Black & White Publishing and netgalley for this ARC.

This story will make you feel sad and a little sorry for Sebastian Morra but this will not stand up to the test of time. I felt at the end admiration and a keen hurrah for the underdog in life. You can overcome any obstacle if you use your strengths and wits.
Adrian
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Highly entertaining historical drama, using a painting in the Prado Museum as its starting point. Set a century and a half before the French Revolution, is worth a try if you like this genre of fiction.
Kelvin
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was not that keen on reading this book so was putting it off. However once I picked it up I couldn't put it down.

Superb

Not factually accurate, which is a shame, the story drags you in and keeps you there.

A must read
AVid_D
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It is an entirely fictional tale loosely built around some historical material. At times, the story stretched credibilty too far but it remained a good read.
Liz C
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good

An interesting and entertaining read. I do hope the author does a sequel as Sebastian in Spain could be good.
Joanna Park
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Hennie
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn. I want to give it 5 but there are some things that bugged me.
4.5!
Victorique Crawford
I really like the tale. Written in such a way that interested me, and about a very interesting person.

The life of court dwarfs aren’t that nice, having to make a fool of themselves and probably do all sorts of things. Sebastian is one, although he does take it but because he has little choice while hiding his mind.

I enjoyed his mind, and the kind of beliefs that he held. All the while may be educated but he mostly spent it being a fool rather than used despite his intelligence. Although
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