Queens' Play

Queens' Play

Book - 1997
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Random House, Inc.
This second book in the legendary Lymond Chronicles follows Francis Crawford of Lymond who has been abruptly called into the service of Mary Queen of Scots.

Though she is only a little girl, the Queen is already the object of malicious intrigues that extend from her native country to the court of France. It is to France that Lymond must travel, exercising his sword hand and his agile wit while also undertaking the most unlikely of masquerades, all to make sure that his charge's royal person stays intact.
The questions, discussion topics, book descriptions, and author biography are designed to enhance your group's reading and discussion of Dorothy Dunnett's six bestselling novels in the Lymond Chronicles. We hope they will enrich your experience of these imaginative and adventuresome works of historical fiction. First set in sixteenth-century Scotland following a disastrous war with England, the Lymond novels have as their hero Francis Crawford of Lymond, a nobleman and soldier of fortune possessed of a scholar's erudition, an elastic sense of morals, and the tongue of a poet. The six novels take this compellingly charismatic figure on a perilous and colorful tour through the glittering courts and power centers of sixteenth-century Europe. To these novels, Dorothy Dunnett brings an effortless narrative mastery, in-depth human portraiture, and an uncanny ability to reanimate the past. The Lymond novels are works of marvelous intelligence and pure enchantment, adventures for both the heart and mind.

Baker & Taylor
Francis Crawford of Lymond finds his life in peril when he becomes caught up in the political intrigues in Scotland during the sixteenth century and comes to the aid of a young Queen Mary, who is being groomed for marriage to the dauphin of France. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780679777441
Branch Call Number: FICTION DUNNETT
Characteristics: 432 p. : map ; 21 cm


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Apr 15, 2017

7 year old Mary, Queen of Scots has been living in France for two years, in hopes that she can be wed to the French Dauphin, her cousin. Mary's mother has stayed in Scotland to protect that kingdom from the English. Now it's stable enough she feels she can visit her daughter for several months. But she wants with her a spy the French won't suspect--she wants Lymond. He agrees, but only as a free agent. He knows he has many enemies in France, both among the French and among the Scots who will travel with the Queen Dowager. He also knows the Queen Dowager would put so many restrictions on him that he couldn't do the job. France is very different from Scotland, and the persona Lymond creates for himself is very different from the man we'd seen two years before in Scotland. An exciting, swashbuckling read.


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