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At chrojicles start of the novel Francis is an outlaw, hunted across the realm for betraying his side to the English, and at the most basic level the plot can be resumed as the struggle of Francis to clear his name and discover who and how he was framed.

Lymond is a true Renaissance man. Men want to be him or kill him.

Thanks so much to Marquise for the buddy read! Mar 07, Sandra rated it it was amazing Shelves: Are you a UK income tax payer and can we claim GiftAid on your donation?

He has the same problem as Prince Harry of Wales does today. And what of the uneasy relationship with his older brother, Richard? Books by Dorothy Dunnett.

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Finally, the protagonist becomes a truly legendary figure — a person who can be courteous and condescending, pugilistic and peaceful, and cunning and caring at the same time is one worthy of future exploits. If the literary references were for chapter openings or for reinforcing the chess-imagery only, then very good. Vintage Books; Reprint edition April 29, Language: This peculiar mental agility of yours has been no friend to you, has it?

Their personal memories of Scotland are combined with an anecdotal history interwoven with the legends and myths of one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles: far more than sex and swords

Diplomacy having failed, England has dujnett force to bring Scotland into an alliance. It truly moved me and rekindled the romantic in my heart. Retrieved from ” https: Mary has become thoroughly French, but she remembers Lymond fondly and, after meeting Philippa concludes the pair should remain married.


Much of the plot was designed to make the ending more amazing. Random House,6 vols. I gave up trying to look things up after page Be mistrustful, and you will live happy and die hated and be much more useful to me in between. It’s not the language I don’t understand, it’s the purpose I abhor.

Aug 11, Pages Buy. I only decided to re-read Pride and Prejudice Re-read “There was an Ewe had three lambs, and one of them was black. I recently completed my reading of this six-volume set, which I found dnunett engrossing from beginning to end. To do so, he must find the man who framed him and condemned him to two years as a French galley slave before he managed to escape. Game of Thrones has fantasy elements, plus political double-crossing, epic war scenes, spies and doroothy, non-stop questions about who’s good and who’s bad, incredible settings, medieval castles, violence, honor, love, hate, death, and direwolves.

The rybauldes, players of dyce And the messangers and corrours ought to be sette tofore the rook. Sure, there were—and are—some extraordinary souls that can leave us mere mortals with our jaws hanging low in amazement. He is saved by the friends and family he has avoided for so long, leading to a complex denouement in which the lovers are united, Sybilla is cleared and Margaret Douglas is revealed as the harridan she has become.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Through it all, I gave a hoot of derisiv Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that wanna, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit. Dunnett had quite magically wound the story around my emotions, pulling them out and into a great knot in my stomach as I wondered how Lymond was going to survive; knowing he would as there are five more books, my heart torn asunder by his battle with his brother, Richard.


Like Lymond himself, the book is witty, complex, and occasionally hilariously caught up in its own tragedy and angst. Insufficient or false knowledge drive both Will and Richard to pit themselves against Francis and his plans in a struggle that sees a new twist and reversal of fortunes every other page.

He is fantastically clever and the master of double dealings, feints, and secrets. Over the course of six books he is traitor and mercenary, seducer and spy, confidante of tricksy rulers and a target for powerful men and women, most of whom spend their time trying to murder him, some more extravagantly than others.

This book I knew absolutely nothing about the period of history this book is set in, the s in Scotland, when I first started and I was quite lost even when I was enjoying myself reading it very much. So, I made it through the book, I pretty much understood what happened, but it was not a fun experience for me.

Look, I am French.

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Apr 29, Pages. As George Douglas responds to Agnes Herries on the lack of romance in arranged marriages: A very good one.

Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to the country despite the charge of lymonv hanging over his head. You appear to have died at the age of seven. But I could be wrong The Dorothy Dunnett Society is a participant in the Amazon Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

Dorothy Dunnett uses chess terms as chapter titles and Middle English quotes about chess at the start of most chapters, and really this book is very much like one massive chess game, played by a master player. Why is that better? The detail of Renaissance Europe, and the Ottoman Empire which draws you in through her writing as though you, the reader are actually there experiencing it.