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A charming and romantic story in the Middle Age

  • Jun 27, 2010
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I read this novel at once. I felt the same appetite for art and romantic love as the characters in the story. You discover and get involved into the life of the artists and the artisans in the Middle Age in Europe. The story is about the creation of extraordinary tapestries with symbolic meaning: the lady's seduction of the unicorn, the five senses, the lady's spirituality. You can really feel the beauty and the power of those tapestries and the mystery around them. I like the fact that this story is a fiction but with a real background. The Le Vistes family did exist and the tapestries are hung in the Musée National du Moyen Age (Cluny Museum) in Paris. I surely recommend this novel. It is a beautiful illustration of the medieval period. The author, Tracy Chevalier, wrote several novels that I really enjoyed reading, such as "Girl with a Pearl Earring". 
 


 


 

 


 

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Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
It's interesting how Chevalier takes works of art and creates these backstories to go along with them. It's pretty cool.
review by . December 03, 2008
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This is my favorite kind of book. One to pick up, savor each word and never want to put down. Chevalier has a rich imagination, basing this historical fiction on an existing series of fine tapestries with questionable (undocumented) history, and telling the story through (nearly) all involved in their creation.     We begin with the painter, Nicolas des Innocents, who conceptualizes the stories and major symbolisms of the work. A womanizer, he's brash and vain, yet his charm …
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I am fond of reading novels, from classical to contemporary literature. I like true stories, especially when the main character is a woman.
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