The House of Niccolò
vol. 2
The Spring of The Ram

Scorpio/Detail from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Sagittarius/Detail from Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Claes, who now calls himself Nicholas, has married his former patron Marian de Charetty and is helping her lead her family business.

An expedition to far-off Trebizond is expected to bring in new capital. The House of Charetty has something to offer, and it's just what the Byzantine Empire on the Black Sea needs in order to withstand the advancing Islamic force of the Turks: an army.

Nicholas is to lead the Charetty soldiers there and develop new trading opportunities. So far away, he should also be beyond the vengeful reach of his own family. Along the way he learns that his stepdaughter Catherine de Charetty is also bound for Trebizond, together with her lover Pagano Doria. But whose orders is Doria following?

Only a few years after the fall of Constantinople, Dunnett leads her readers to the imperial town of Trebizond, all that remains of the once-mighty Byzantine Empire. Allied with Venice, Trebizond hopes for the support of the Christian world against the army of the Sultan.

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