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  • Published: 28 January 1999
  • ISBN: 9780141951539
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

The Ringed Castle

The Lymond Chronicles Book Five




The fifth book in an enthralling series about the legendary Scottish warrior, Lymond - reissued with a brand new package

The fifth volume of Dorothy Dunnett's bestselling series exploring the intricacies of sixteenth century history through the exploits of soldier of fortune Francis Crawford of Lymond. From the silken palace of Suleiman the Magnificent to the barbaric court of Ivan the Terrible: Lymond is bound for Russia, where he fights his way to a position second only to the young Tsar himself. It is a world away from his homeland, now sheltering Philippa Somerville, his wife in name only, and the childthey rescued in Constantinople. Forced to return as the Tsar's envoy to the intrigue of Mary Tudor's court, Lymond must face with the truth of his relationship with his bride, and also the implacable hostility of his old enemy Margaret Douglas.

  • Published: 28 January 1999
  • ISBN: 9780141951539
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 576

About the author

Dorothy Dunnett

Dorothy Dunnett was born in 1923 in Fife, Scotland. She attended James Gillespie's High School for Girls where she was Intermediate Dux and specialised in art, leading to an early career as a professional portrait painter. At the same time she became an executive officer in the British Civil Service working first in Edinburgh and then moving to Glasgow. At her husband's suggestion, she began writing fiction in her late thirties and has now published 22 novels. Her first book, the bestseller Game of Kings was published in 1961 and was the first of the six-part Lymond series, set in the 16th century. She has since written a series of seven modern mystery novels featuring a yachtsman called Johnson, a single 11th century novel about Macbeth, King Hereafter, and a further series of historical novels called The House of Niccolo, set in the 15th century. The eighth and last book in this series is about to be published and will be celebrated later this year by international gatherings of readers in Edinburgh and Philadelphia, the latest of many formal and informal meetings of readers. All her novels have been published on both sides of the Atlantic and have been translated into many European languages. In 1984, readers of Dunnett's work in North America launched a regular private correspondence magazine which is now worldwide and published quarterly with subscribers in Australia and New Zealand. In recent years this has expanded to the Internet and is one of many sites which now discuss her work.

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Praise for The Ringed Castle

She is a brilliant story teller, The Lymond Chronicles will keep you reading late into the night, desperate to know the fate of the characters you have come to care deeply about.

The Times Literary Supplement

Melodrama of the most magnificent kind

The Guardian

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