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The Mirror Makers By Clare Colvin

The Mirror Makers

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Louis XIV dreams of constructing a Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. But the only craftsmen who know the secret process are prisoners of the Venetian Republic. The promise of riches prompts a renegade group of mirror-makers to risk the severest punishment by the Venetian authorities.

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The Mirror Makers by Clare Colvin

Louis XIV, at the height of his powers and grandiose ambitions, dreams of constructing a great Hall of Mirrors in the palace of Versailles. But the only craftsmen who know the secret are in Murano, prisoners of the Venetian Republic. The promise (via Louis XIV's controller of finances, Jean-Louis Colbert) of riches, adventure, a new life, prompts Sandro Allegri and a renegade group of mirror-makers, to risk not only his father's wrath but the severest punishment by the Venetian authorities. And, once in the Sun King's Court, Sandro finds himself caught up, not only with dangerous palace politics, but with one of the King's mistresses. Inventive, romantic and exciting, Clare Colvin's novel is a magical evocation of a glittering period of history.

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A splendid historical theme made into a novel about the ancient secret Venetian process of making mirrors. Louis XIV is building Versailles and dreams of constructing a great Hall of Mirrors, but the glass-makers are prisoners in Murano in the Venetian Republic. With promises of great riches, Louis' controller of finances, Colbert, entices a few individuals to France, including Sandro Allegri, who is disinherited by his father. Sandro becomes involved not only in palace politics, but also one of the king's mistresses. As with Janet Gleeson's non-fiction story about the invention of European porcelain, the Arcanum, it makes a wonderful tale about a little-known aspect of history. A truly remarkable read.

About Clare Colvin


Clare Colvin's first novel, A Fatal Season, received excellent reviews. She is also a well-known journalist and short story writer whose work has appeared in anthologies, on radio and has been translated in Europe. She writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines and is a former editor of the Express on Sunday.

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GOR003759192
The Mirror Makers by Clare Colvin
Clare Colvin
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cornerstone
2003-06-05
416
0091794404
9780091794408
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