In the Company of the Courtesan Setting & Symbolism

Sarah Dunant
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Rome

This is the city from where Fiammetta and Bucino flee and to Venice. In Rome, they are a well-established household and wealthy, but must leave due to the riots and invasions of their city.

Venice

This is Fiammetta's hometown, where she brings Bucino so that they may begin a new life. Set along canals, the city frightens Bucino.

Medicis

This is a powerful Roman family.

Spanish soldiers

This is a group that invades Fiammetta's house. Her 'hospitality' to them initially appears to save their lives.

Germans

These are the subsequent invaders of Fiammetta's house; Fiammetta pretends to convert to Protestantism to save herself.

Juggling

This is a hobby of Bucino's, which he still performs when needed.

Petrarch's sonnets

This is a book left in Bucino's hands by a publisher's assistant. The book is actually not sonnets, but rather a pornographic text with illustrations and a lock.

Jewels

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