The Game of KingsBook - 1997
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.
From Library Staff
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.