In the Company of the Courtesan Characters

Sarah Dunant
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Fiammetta Bianchini

The courtesan of the title, Fiammetta Bianchini is a young, seemingly independent, woman. At the beginning of the story, she lives in a rich house in Rome, under the auspices of one of the Pope's cardinals. The reader later discovers that she was brought to Rome by her mother when she was sixteen, so that her virginity could be auctioned off to the highest bidder. After that, she began work as a high-class courtesan, and continued to do so even after her mother returned to Venice several years ago. Fiammetta is extremely fierce and conniving, and appears to welcome the Spanish soldiers who invade her home to save herself. Later, when the Germans come, she pretends to convert to Protestantism and even cuts off all of her hair to prove her devotion. Nevertheless, she and Bucino escape to go to Venice, swallowing jewels to store their fortune...

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