Descripción del producto
Rome 1635. As Flanders braces for another long year of war, a Spanish count presents the Vatican with a means of disrupting the Dutch rebels’ booming economy. His plan is brilliant. They just need the right man to implement it.
Enter Ludovico da Portovenere, a charismatic spice and silk merchant. Intrigued by the Vatican’s proposal—and hungry for profit—Ludo sets off for Amsterdam. His voyage is interrupted, first by a timid English priest with a message from Rome, then by a storm, then by a pirate raid. The storm brings him a quick-witted young admirer he uses as a spy. The pirate raid brings him a girl, Alina, who won’t go home. Each development has significant consequences for Ludo’s plans and even greater ones for the people he is involved with.
Set in a world of international politics and domestic intrigue, The Chosen Man spins an engrossing tale about the Dutch financial scandal known as tulip mania—and how decisions made in high places can have terrible repercussions on innocent lives.
Biografía del autor
J. G. Harlond (Jane) grew up in the South West of England and studied in Britain and the USA, obtaining BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and an MA in Social and Political Thought, she also has teaching qualifications and worked as an English teacher for many years in European international schools. Jane now lives in southern Spain, where she writes school text book material and historical fiction. Jane's fascination with historical fiction began while still at school, when she would read anything by Jean Plaidy instead of doing her homework. Her writing is also influenced by Dorothy Dunnett and Mary Wesley: two very different authors whose well-chosen prose wove intrigue and sharp descriptive detail into compelling stories. What still interests her about the genre, she says, is the way that - as with real history - it's the universal emotions and motivations of love, hate, greed, jealousy and desire that influence or determine both an individual's life-choices and international politics: in different epochs different social mores may prevail, but people are generally governed by self-interest. Jane's novels also examine aspects of genetic inheritance, how family character traits and physical appearance can follow through or skip and re-emerge in different generations.