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Baudolino, once an Italian peasant, one day found himself a courtier and adopted son of the Holy Roman Emperor. Now in his twilight years, elderly Baudolino relates his life story to Nikias, a Byzantine scholar, during the sacking of Constantinople by soldiers of the fourth crusade. Baudolino's life story is a fanciful mixture of historical fact and pure fiction...mostly invention of the crafty Baudolino himself. Baudolino claims to have fooled Kings, Popes and Emperors; to have saved cities from war, drank with mystical monks, forged many famous relics, and attempted to find the land of the holy Prester John.
This report prepared by Len Lenkowski








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   distant past/middle ages Life of a profession:    -   king/queen/royalty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Italian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France    -   Italy Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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