Tracy Chevalier

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The Lady and the Unicorn

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Fiction
UK HarperCollins
US Plume
2003
Two families, two cities, one rogue go-between, and a set of gorgeous tapestries, all in a late medieval setting.

Nicolas des Innocents, a handsome, lascivious artist, is summoned to the Paris home of Jean Le Viste, a nobleman who wants Nicolas to design a series of battle tapestries for his house. Jean’s wife, Geneviève, persuades Nicolas to talk her husband into a softer subject: the taming of a unicorn by a noblewoman. Nicolas shapes the tapestries with his own vision, dedicating five of the six to the senses and using the images of Geneviève and her daughter, Claude, with whom Nicolas is smitten, for two of the ladies in the tapestries.

Nicolas takes the finished designs to Brussels, where master weaver Georges de la Chapelle will make them. At first Nicolas is scornful of Georges, but gradually comes to respect him and his wife Christine, and to take an interest in his daughter Aliénor. Nicolas models two more of the ladies in the tapestries after Christine and Aliénor, but his heart lies with the unattainable Claude.
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Reviews


If [Chevalier] is aiming for a grand historical tapestry, the novel's prettily woven millefleurs of event and character provide most successful illustrations of the late Middle Ages. Judy Budz
Boston Globe
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With great insight, invention and a remarkable eye for detail, Chevalier breathes life into artists and artisans, their subjects and surroundings and, most important, their magnificent creations. Deborah Davis
Washington Post
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The combined magic of good storytelling and masterpiece art that makes ‘The Lady and the Unicorn’ a memorable work. Robin Vidimos
Denver Post
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[Populated] with subtly rendered, surprisingly complex characters. Wendy Smith
The New York Times
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Marvelously imagined and sharply constructed, with a good feel for the people and the era: a fascinating portrait of the intersection of life and art. Kirkus Review
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The story she weaves is as lush as the tapestries she describes, and her colorful characters leap off the page. A romantic, beautiful book. Booklist
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Undeniably satisfying. Lottie Moggach
Time Out
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Charming. Michele Roberts
The Times
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A compelling and enormously enjoyable work. Alison Weir
Evening Standard
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Chevalier's gift is not limited to undercover education and the creation of lively characters. What she does best is to study a famous work of art with the eyes of a bright, inquisitive child, teasing out a story that might lie behind it. Sue Gaisford
The Independent
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A work of genuine power and beauty. Publishers Weekly
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