It is 1557 and legendary Scottish warrior Francis Crawford of Lymond is once more in France. There he is leading an army to rout the hated English from Calais.
Dorothy Dunnett is best known for her two superb series of historical fiction - The Lymond Chronicles, and The House of Niccolo - set in the 15th and 16th centuries and ranging all over Europe and the Mediterranean while being anchored in Scotland, and for King Hereafter, the 11th century story of Earl Thorfinn of Orkney whom Dorothy believed was also King Macbeth. She died 9 November 2001.
Praise for Dorothy Dunnett * - *
A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention * New York Times *
Marvellous, breathtaking * The Times *
A masterpiece of historical fiction * Washington Post *
One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas * Cleveland Plain Dealer *
Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety * The Times *
Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction * New York Times *