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 dazzling tapestry of intrigue' -- The Independent on Sunday, July 2003
'A well-crafted historical novel' -- The Daily Mail, June 2003
Clare Colvin skilfully weaves a novel of romance and revenge, bringing details of the time colourfully to life. -- Yorkshire Gazette and Herald, July 2, 2003
Clare Colvin uses great imaginative skill to recreate and illuminate a historical epoch. -- Daily Express, July 19, 2003
It entertains with a full range of ribbons-and-lace debauchery, and serves as a pleasant refresher course in history. -- The Independent, July 23, 2003
In the tradition of Restoration and Tulip Fever, Clare Colvin takes a historical theme with a novel about the secret Venetian process of mirror-making and the Court of Louis XIV.
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