THE LADY AND THE UNICORN by TRACY CHEVALIER
Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries,
the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny
Museum in Paris.
In each, an elegant lady and a unicorn stand or sit on an
island of grass surrounded by a rich background of animals
and flowers. Little is known about them except that they
were woven toward the end of the fifteenth century and bear
the coat of arms of a wealthy family from Lyons.
Tracy Chevalier takes readers back to the tapestries'
creation, giving life to the men who designed and made
them, as well as the wives, daughters, and servants who
exercised subtle (and not so subtle) influences over their
men. Like the many different strands of wool and silk that
were woven together into one cloth, the lives and fates of
these people entwine in complex patterns, crisscrossing as
they seek desires sensual and spiritual, temporal and
An extraordinary story exquisitely told, Tracy Chevalier's
The Lady and the Unicorn weaves history and fiction into a
beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry that
rivals in grace and grandeur the masterpiece that inspired
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