This book tells the fictionalized story of a famous Medieval French tapestry, known simply as The Lady and the Unicorn. The book takes us through a series of point of view characters, from the artist to the weaver to the patron to the patron’s daughter, and more. The book is a wonderful dive into the medieval art of making tapestries, told in a way that engages the reader to learn more about the people involved. In other words, you will learn a lot while reading this book while enjoying the story at the same time.
At first, I disliked the painter Nicholas des Innocents, but when the POV changed to another character I decided to stick with it, and I’m glad I did. I loved the characters in Brussels especially. Chevalier has a gift for making her characters full and enticing. I want to know more and yet I feel I know them so well. If you have enjoyed any of Tracy Chevalier’s other work like The Girl with the Pearl Earring, you will enjoy this art history novel as well.
Review by Jessica A.