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The Unicorn Hunt Hardcover – 4 November 1993
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- Publisher : Michael Joseph (4 November 1993)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 672 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0718132114
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718132118
- Dimensions : 15.6 x 5 x 24 cm
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Gelis holds certain beliefs about how her sister died, after giving birth to Henry. These are quite erroneous as it happens, but because of this she harbours grave misgivings of his suitability as a father. Confusion over patrimony is also quite a feature of this book, but all becomes clear towards the end.
The African gold has still not been recovered, but now Nicholas becomes embroiled in the Bank's plans for expansion via money-lending. For much of this episode, Nicholas does not know whether his wife Gelis is alive or dead. Another enemy, David de Salmeton, has plans to be rid of Nicholas for good, but is foiled by the exploits of the sixteen year-old niece, Katelijne, of Anselm Adorne, the Magistrate of the Hotel Jerusalem in Bruges. I feel Katelijne is perhaps going to be a catalyst for Nicholas' restless and complex love-life. But not yet.
Much of the journeying embraces parts of Europe and Africa where Nicholas has trading interests, including a trip to Egypt and another to Cyprus, and a reunion there with the beautiful but dangerous Zacco, the illegitimate heir to the throne of Cyprus. Then everything comes to a head at the Carnival of Venice, as Nicholas searches for his son.
As always with this series a good half of the people are historically authentic and they spring from the pages with remarkable veracity. Of course, their exploits may not match up with history - they are nevertheless given authentic lives and personalities. I just can't wait to see how it all turns out. Two more books to go, but I will be bereft when the series ends. In the historical fiction stakes Dunnett is the business. Nobody does it better.
I'm slowing down a bit I think - only three more books in the series. In this one, Nicholas is involved with some very aggressive traders, lots of whom have links to royalty, nobility and the Pope. It gets really, really vicious at times....... And, Nicholas manages to track down his third wife, who seems determined to torture him emotionally and, sees their son for the first time, despite the fact that she's tried to hide the boy from Nicholas. Ooh really enjoying these books.
Still can't decide whether I like Nicholas.........