Queens' Play: Second in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles

By Dorothy Dunnett

For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles are available the U.S. in caliber paperback editions.

Second within the mythical Lymond Chronicles, Queen's Play follows Frances Crawford of Lymond who has been unexpectedly referred to as into the carrier of Mary Queen of Scots. although she is simply a bit lady, the Queen is already the article of malicious intrigues that stretch from her local nation to the court docket of France. it's to France that Lymond needs to shuttle, workout his sword hand and his agile wit whereas additionally project the main not going of masquerades, all to ensure that his charge's royal individual remains intact.

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Stable evening, girl Fleming,’ acknowledged Lymond; and within the certain strain on her identify and her name she glimpsed finally the chasm that lay and continually may lie among them. Then the door closed at his again. in the back of him, as he crossed the courtyard, the evening sky was once already conscious of the sunrise. Beside the black coil of the staircase, the guardroom home windows have been lit, and contrary, men’s voices stirred from the chapel. The guards, appointed at each door, paid no cognizance. Thady Boy’s nocturnal behavior have been not anything new; and lack of know-how, at this court docket, used to be frequently most sensible. He climbed the staircase to his personal wing immediately and blundered as soon as, blindly, crossing a passage. Robin Stewart had remembered it with excitement; Jenny Fleming as but knew not anything approximately it; yet Lymond had lived that night with the reminiscence of Oonagh O’Dwyer’s serenade and the information that there awaited him in his room neither sleep nor peace however the Prince of Barrow. outdoors his personal room he rested for a second, his palm at the door, and for a second seemed neither brutal nor romantic nor detached. Then he heaved the door open and went in. within, the typhoon was once looking forward to him; however it used to be no longer of O’LiamRoe’s making. The candles have been burning, the hearth was once lit, however the room was once empty with the exception of Piedar Dooly, his black eyes venomous, the rawhide flanks of his face blotched with ardour and prickled with the onset of his in a single day beard. Thady Boy close the door, and the fumes of sturdy wine from his outfits, stiff with spilled drink and dried sweat, stuffed the room. ‘Where’s His Highness? ’ O’LiamRoe’s indifference to his ollave’s double identification had by no means been shared via his little Firbolg retainer. Dooly’s Wicklow accessory used to be silky. ‘Isn’t it problems adequate you will have with out bothering your self over O’LiamRoe? I listen you and the nice gents were strolling the size of the celebrities on your woollen stockings, and got here again with the universe set in a hoop. ’ He broke off. Thady, relocating speedily, stood over him. ‘Where is he? ’ among double lids, the Irishman’s eyes have been packed with hate. ‘You had wrestlers at courtroom this night, I heard inform. an influence of sturdy lads they need to were, and a fear for horseplay. … They jumped on O’LiamRoe, on his means domestic from Mistress O’Dwyer’s. ’ ‘And you have been there? ’ stated Thady Boy. ‘Just at the back of. He’d been requested to stick on the residence, grasp Scotsman. He in simple terms left to debate a definite factor with your self. ’ back he stopped. Thady Boy, leaning fingers clasped over the again of a chair, stated quietly, ‘There is not any mark on you. So i've got a good suggestion, you notice, that O’LiamRoe isn't a lot harm. yet i believe you might want to inform me. ’ the color excessive in his face, Piedar Dooly acknowledged, ‘There used to be a celebration of guys within the subsequent alley who heard us, and grew to become again to aid. of the wrestlers have been killed and one ran away—the Cornishman, we concept, yet nobody may well swear to it. O’LiamRoe himself took a diminish at the arm, and it pouring blood greater than used to be right for it; so he walked again to Mistress O’Dwyer’s. ’ He paused.

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