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Random House, Inc.
For the first time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are available in the United States in quality paperback editions.

Sixth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate takes place in 1557, where Francis Crawford of Lymond is once again in France, leading an army against England. But even as the Scots adventurer succeeds brilliantly on the battlefield, his haunted past becomes a subject of intense interest to forces on both sides.

Baker & Taylor
Returning to France to take up arms against England, soldier-scholar Francis Crawford achieves great success on the battlefield, but the dark secrets of his past return to haunt him, in the epic conclusion of the Lymond Chronicles. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2010
ISBN: 9780307762290
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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May 20, 2017

For me, this final book in the Lymond series is by far the best. He is forced, for reasons I won't disclose, to spend a year running the army of France against England. The consequences of failure to do so are dire, both personally and for his family, and for Scotland, the land of his birth. Philippa, the young woman he married in Stamboul but has not bedded suffers as much as he does. The French queen has chosen Lymond's second wife, and Philippa is to "train" her to be worthy of him. The hitch is that Lymond's parentage is unknown. It doesn't matter to husband or wife, but bastardy is a social issue in 16th c. France. Philippa suffers from her efforts to learn the answer. The other social issue of importance in this book is the St. Bartholomew Day's Massacre--Protestant v. Catholic wars. I spent considerable of this book in tears, but all comes out right in the end.


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