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In , Francis Crawford of Lymond is disgraced and newly escaped from captivity. Sign me up to get more news about Historical Fiction books. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt. It is now and Lymond has returned to France to marshal forces in the Scottish struggle against England. But even as he attains brilliant success on the battlefield, his haunted past becomes a subject of intense interest to both sides.
The Ringed Castle. Still reeling from the traumatic events of Pawn in Frankincense, Lymond decides to flee from them, moving to Muscovy, where he becomes advisor and general to the half-mad tsar. He swiftly finds himself battling a Cossack prince and Crimean Tartars. Yet even as Lymond tries to navigate the machinations of a dangerous and unfamiliar royal court, unseen forces conspire to enlist this infinitely useful man in their own schemes. Pawn in Frankincense. In this fourth book in the series, Francis Crawford of Lymond embarks on a desperate and deadly journey in search of his kidnapped child.
Somewhere within the bejeweled labyrinth of the Ottoman Empire, a little boy is hidden. Now his father, Francis Crawford of Lymond, soldier of fortune and the exiled heir of Scottish nobility, is searching for him while ostensibly engaged on a mission to the Turkish Sultan. The Disorderly Knights. In this third volume of the series, Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta to assist an order of crusading knights in defending the island against the Turks—only to discover that the greatest threat to the knights may lie within their own ranks.
Having refused a commission from the dowager queen of Scotland, Lymond turns mercenary, heading to Malta to observe the Crusading Order of Knights Hospitaller of St.
John, a brotherhood of monks sworn to defend Christendom with swords instead of sermons. But as the Turkish fleet launches a series of devastating attacks, Lymond comes to realize that there may be a much deadlier enemy closer at hand: an adversary who is as subtle as he is savage, and whose piety conceals an absolute genius for evil.
This second book in the series finds Francis Crawford of Lymond embroiled in a dangerous game to prevent the assassination of Mary Queen of Scots. Having miraculously cleared his name of charges of murder and treason, Francis Crawford of Lymond is hardly the type to settle down to a peaceful life. Instead he embarks on a secret mission to protect the Scottish queen, who, though still a little girl, is already the object of malicious intrigues.
Embedding himself within the decadent French court, Lymond undertakes the most unlikely of masquerades to ensure that the young queen remains safe. But with his past weighing more heavily on Lymond than he would ever admit, he finds himself sinking a little too deeply into his devious disguise—and risks losing himself completely.
The Game of Kings. The year is Scotland is clinging to independence after a humiliating English invasion. Clawing his way back into a country that has outlawed him, and to a family that has turned its back on him, Lymond will prove that he has both the will and the cunning to clear his name and defend his people—no matter the cost.
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In , Francis Crawford of Lymond is disgraced and newly escaped from captivity. Sign me up to get more news about Historical Fiction books. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. Read an Excerpt. It is now and Lymond has returned to France to marshal forces in the Scottish struggle against England.
Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles: far more than sex and swords
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