Lushly written by a writer who has clearly done their research. The descriptive passages rival those of Suskind's PERFUME, and the story is beautifully structured, the character's well drawn. So why, then, didn't I like this book more? I suspect it might be a question of pacing. I found it a little ponderous, at times more concerned with displaying its own knowledge than telling the story. Still, for fans of the period, I can easily recommend it.