'Not to every young girl is it given to enter the harem of the Sultan of Turkey and return to her homeland a virgin . . .'Sixteen-year-old Philippa Somerville has left Constantinople intact. Returning to England as wife in name only to Francis Crawford of Lymond, she wastes no time in seeking the truth about her new spouse, even as she finds herself navigating the paranoid court of Queen Mary.Lymond, meanwhile, arrives in Moscow to assist its young Tsar Ivan to create a fledgling Russian army. But when he is tasked to visit London as Ivan's envoy his path is bound to cross that of the wife he has sworn to divorce. Yet neither Lymond nor Philippa, caught up in their own scheming, can quite see the vast conspiracy enshrouding them . . . 'Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety' The Times
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Dorothy Dunnett is best known for her two superb series of historical fiction - The Lymond Chronicles, and The House of Niccolo - set in the 15th and 16th centuries and ranging all over Europe and the Mediterranean while being anchored in Scotland, and for King Hereafter, the 11th century story of Earl Thorfinn of Orkney whom Dorothy believed was also King Macbeth. She died 9 November 2001.Review:
Praise for Dorothy Dunnett * - * A storyteller who could teach Scheherazade a thing or two about pace, suspense and imaginative invention * New York Times * Marvellous, breathtaking * The Times * A masterpiece of historical fiction * Washington Post * One of the greatest tale-spinners since Dumas * Cleveland Plain Dealer * Lashings of excitement, colour and subtlety * The Times * Vivid, engaging, densely plotted - are almost certainly destined to be counted among the classics of popular fiction * New York Times *
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