The Aviary Gate

The Aviary Gate

A Novel

Book - 2008
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A lush, ancient tale of treacherous secrets, forbidden love, and murder in an Ottoman palace.
Elizabeth Staveley sits in the Bodleian library, holding in her trembling hands a fragment of ancient paper. It is the key to a story that has been locked away for four centuries--the story of a British sea captain's daughter held captive in the sultan's harem.
Constantinople, 1599. There are rumors and strange stirrings in the sultan's palace. The chief black eunuch has been poisoned by a taste of a beautiful ship made of spun sugar. The sultan's mother faces threats to her power from her son's favorite concubine, and a secret rebellion is rising within the palace's most private quarters.
Meanwhile, the merchant Paul Pindar, secretary to the English ambassador, brings a precious gift to the sultan. As he nears the palace, word comes to Pindar that the woman he once loved, Celia, may be alive, and hidden among the ranks of slaves in the sultan's harem. Can this really be the same Celia who disappeared in a shipwreck? And if it is, can the two be reunited?
Spellbinding and steeped in mystery and sexual intrigue, The Aviary Gate transports readers to exotic sixteenth-century Constantinople, offering the rarest glimpse into the forbidden confines of the sultan's harem.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596914759
1596914750
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hickman
Characteristics: ix, 340 : map ; 25 cm

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Nov 26, 2008

In turn-of-the-seventeenth-century Constantinople, merchant Paul Pindar, secretary to the English ambassador, brings a precious gift to the sultan and learns that a woman he once loved may be hidden among the ranks of the sultan''s concubines.

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