By Dorothy Dunnett
For the 1st time Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles come in the U.S. in caliber paperback editions.
The first publication within the mythical Lymond Chronicles, Game of Kings occurs in 1547. Scotland has been humiliated by means of an English invasion and is threatened by means of machinations somewhere else past its borders, however it remains to be unfastened. ironically, her freedom may possibly depend upon a guy who stands accused of treason: Francis Crawford of Lymond.
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They usually rose out of defend, cursing and whipcracking on the steaming naked backs and flying manes. Hoofs sparked at the stones; horses neighed, nosed, bumped and reared. The hill pony is a stout and self sufficient citizen: daring, uncatchable, inquisitive and gregarious. The herd went heavily to paintings, exploring a majority of these and clean skills. The mares have been going foolish or even the oxen have been starting to plunge. “Hell an’ thunder! ” stated a person, taking a moment’s respiring house to have a very good glance. “That’s humorous! ” “What the hell’s humorous approximately it? ” snapped another person, bucketting prior with heels flapping like windmills. “Well, for instance,” stated the 1st speaker, gasping, “every this type of brutes is a stallion. ” yet not anyone heeded him, for simply then the prime wain rolled in bovine panic off the line and sank wheels as much as the axle in dust. They have been trying to drag it out, to calm the bullocks, to chase off the ponies and to manage their mounts while Lymond’s males descended like moths; or even then they misplaced seconds in knowing that those horses had riders. The infiltration was once neat and unspectacular, related to close-quarter cudgel paintings and little damage: there have been easily fewer and less vertical English and at last none in any respect. It took them longer to around up the ponies back than it had taken to trap the teach. It used to be a firstclass haul. Matthew supervising, flour, biscuits, oats, meat, and leather-based powder luggage with serpentine and corn powder have been unloaded and post in creels prepared strapped to their very own horses. One cart with hackbuts, debts, bows and arrow sheaves was once unstrapped from the oxen and harnessed to a staff of ponies. the remainder of the ponies, with out exception, carried beer. A wood field, seriously padlocked, yielded to maltreatment and proved, satisfyingly, to carry the top of the month’s wages. It was once tied to Matthew’s saddlebow. Lymond watched, relocating far and wide. To Scott, roping prostrate our bodies jointly, he intoned: “Sawest no longer you my oxen, you little, beautiful boy? With hemp, with howe, with hemp. … Any prevalent faces? —No, in fact: you wouldn’t understand. ” He regarded over the silent row of gagged figures. “Unfortunate. A Spanish captain, and never worthy his personal weight in olive stones. Take ’em all to Melrose, and the remainder of the wagons too. what percentage do you need for escort? ” Scott stated quick, “I have ten males: that’ll do. ” “All correct, Barbarossa. Allez-vous-en, allez, allez. You’ve a task to do earlier than sunrise. ” Scott nodded earnestly, and rode again to load up the best cart together with his prisoners. * * * The English lookout at Hume fort, slumped within the empty hearth pan at the roof, was once doing sums gloomily in his head. less than, evening concealed the nice sweep of the Tweed valley and the Merse. Slabbed with fortifications, jam-packed with infantrymen, and fixed on a precipice with a six-foot curtain, where used to be as secure as Durham Cathedral … and he used to be bored. If the outdated guy despatched up the pay from Berwick, he used to be due kilos for the month. Then he owed twelve shillings for nutrition.