The Game of Kings

The Game of Kings

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In this first book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles , Francis Crawford of Lymond, traitor, murderer, nobleman, returns to Scotland to redeem his reputation and save his home.

It is 1547 and Scotland has been humiliated by an English invasion and is threatened by machinations elsewhere beyond its borders, but it is still free. Paradoxically, her freedom may depend on a man who stands accused of treason. He is Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapgrace nobleman of crooked felicities and murderous talents, posessed of a scholar's erudition and a tongue as wicked as a rapier. In The Game of Kings , this extraordinary antihero returns to the country that has outlawed him to redeem his reputations even at the risk of his life.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679777434
0679777431
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUNNETT
Characteristics: 543 p. : map ; 21 cm

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This is set in 16th century Scotland, when Mary Queen of Scots was only a child and her throne was the target of both England and France. A rebellious outlaw returns home from distant lands, determined to set in motion his own violent agenda that will upset the balance of power in Europe.

If the playful complexity of The Luminaries is what appeals to you, you’ll revel in the adventures of a Scottish nobleman as he travels to England, France, the Ottoman Empire, Malta, and Russia during the mid-1500s. Brilliant and accomplished, the late Ms. Dunnett has a wide cult following.


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D_Kyle
May 08, 2017

This first novel in the Lymond Chronicles takes place in 1755 in the border region between Scotland and England and follows the exploits of Francis Crawford of Lymond as he and his Robin Hood-like band stir up trouble and evade capture by agents of both countries. He is a political agent himself, though Dunnett leaves you guessing for a while as to his loyalties. Flawlessly researched and compulsively readable for fans of European historical fiction, Lymond is a swashbuckling hero and Renaissance man. If the snatches of French and Latin verse are interesting to you, you can augment your Dunnett experience with the Dorothy Dunnett Companion (Sno-Isle has only Volume II) by Elspeth Morrison. The six part series continues as Lymond infiltrates the French court of Henry II in an attempt to find the would-be assassin of the child-queen, Mary Queen of Scots in Queen's Play.

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DorisWaggoner
Apr 15, 2017

Francis Crawford, Master of Lymond, had been banished from his native Scotland for murder and treason, spending 3 yrs as a galley slave. In 1547, Scotland's at risk of war with England. Lymond escapes, returns unseen to Edinburgh where friends await him. He has enemies too, including Mary de Guise, mother and governor to 4 yr old Mary Queen of Scots. His family's split—stodgy brother Richard, Lord Culter, newly wed to Irish Mariotta, has always been jealous of Lymond, who can do everything. Their mother, Sybilla loves Lymond best. Lymond creates a band of no-goods to raise an army for Scotland, who doesn't have one, and steals to support the Kingdom because he knows England's going to attack. He has a magnetic personality, which he uses for good and ill. When he thinks the group is ready to work together, he disbands them, after saving the young queen's life and showing the Queen Dowager what he's capable of. Difficult, dense reading, partly to demonstrate Lymond's brilliance. A page turner.

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becker
Jun 11, 2011

Those who enjoy a challenging read and an appreciation for language should sit up and take notice of this book. This is historical adventure that centres around the character of Crawford of Lymond who has been charged with treason and becomes an outlaw. The challenge of reading this book comes with the writing style. The use of foreign phrases, Scottish dialect, archaic vocabulary and unique sentence structure makes this book a bit difficult to get into, however you will be rewarded for your perseverance by discovering an intelligent author, some memorable characters and a great story with a subtle undercurrent of humour. The reading becomes easier as you get used to it and the story picks up steadily as it goes along. The vocabulary is very rich although somewhat defunct, and gives a real feel of 16th century Scotland to the story. I found it very enjoyable.

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