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The lady and the unicorn
Tracy Chevalier
Adult Fiction CHEVALI

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Summary: A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier's answer to the mystery behind one of the art world's great masterpieces--a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown--until now. Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house--mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting--before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries--his finest, most intricate work--on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives--lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look. In The Lady and the Unicorn , Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry--an extraordinary story exquisitely told. .


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main characters Nicolas des Innocents
Male
Miniaturist; womanizer; opportunist; irresponsible.
Artist

Jean Le Viste
Male
Married
Genevieve's husband; social climber; commissions Nicolas to create a set of war tapestries.

Genevieve De Nanterre
Female
Married
Jean's wife; pious.

Claude
Female
Genevieve's daughter; headstrong.

Georges de la Chapelle
Male
Married
Christine's husband; master weaver.
Weaver

Christine du Sablon
Female
Married
Georges's wife.

Alienor
Female
Blind
Georges and Christine's daughter.

Beatrice
Female
Serves Genevieve and Claude.
Lady-in-waiting

Marie-Celeste
Female
Pregnant
Pregnant by Nicolas; servant in the house of Jean le Viste.
Servant



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