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Sarah Dunant

Originally posted March 2006

In the Company of the Courtesan

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The word courtesan has come to be synonymous with escort, call girl, mistress. But in its original context, a courtesan was a well-compensated companion to socially prominent European men of the Renaissance. Sarah Dunant's novel In the Company of the Courtesan takes us to Venice in the early 1500s, where we meet a 25-year-old courtesan named Fiammetta and the dwarf, Bucino, who is her pimp.




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Sarah Dunant is the author of the international bestsellers The Birth of Venus and In the Company of the Courtesan, which have received major acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Her earlier novels include three Hannah Wolfe crime thrillers, as well as Snowstorms in a Hot Climate, Transgressions, and Mapping the Edge. She has two daughters and lives in London and Florence.

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