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ISBN: 0140282386
Author: Dorothy Dunnett
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin UK (February 2, 1999)
Pages: 592
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
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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.

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.

The Lymond Chronicles is a series of six novels written by Dorothy Dunnett and first published between 1961 and 1975. The six volumes follow the life and career of the charismatic Francis Crawford of Lymond, the younger son of the Crawfords of Culter, members of the landed aristocracy of the Scottish Lowlands

Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett. Relationships: Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny/Philippa Somerville.

Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett. Jerott Blyth & Francis Crawford of Lymond and Sevigny. An extension of the scene by the Luce in Checkmate. Jerott tries to understand how wrong he has been about Francis' relationship with Philippa. A prompt given to me by Erinaceina as an extension of whumptober :D.

The lymond chronicles. FOREWORD BY Dorothy Dunnett

Dorothy Dunnett was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. She is the author of the Francis Crawford of Lymond novels; the House of Niccolò novels; seven mysteries; King Hereafter, an epic novel about Macbeth; and the text of The Scottish Highlands, a book of photographs by David Paterson, on which she collaborated with her husband, Sir Alastair Dunnett. The lymond chronicles. FOREWORD BY Dorothy Dunnett. When, a generation ago, I sat down before an old Olivetti typewriter, ran through a sheet of paper, and typed a title, The Game of Kings, I had no notion of changing the course of my life. 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.

Dorothy Dunnett, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Dorothy Dunnett, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. She published 22 books in total, including the six-part Lymond Chronicles and the eight-part Niccolo Series, and co-authored another volume with her husband. Also an accomplished professional portrait painter, Dunnett exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on many occasions and had portraits commissioned by a number of prominent public figures in Scotland.

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Part of the Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett's series of six novels, this text explores the intricacies of 16th-century .

Part of the Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett's series of six novels, this text explores the intricacies of 16th-century history through the exploits of the soldier Francis Crawford of Lymond.

Before George R. R. Martin there was Dorothy Dunnett . . . THE PERFECT GIFT for fans of A Game of Thrones. '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 Checkmate is the sixth and final book in the series ----------------------------- 'If they place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left and ask me to give up my mission, I will not give it up until the truth prevails or I myself perish in the attempt . . .' It is 1557 and legendary Scottish warrior Francis Crawford of Lymond is once more in France. There he is leading an army to rout the hated English from Calais. Yet while Lymond seeks victory on the battlefield he is haunted by his troubled past - chiefly the truth about his origins and his marriage (in name only) to young Englishwoman Philippa Somerville. As the French offer him a way out of his marriage and his wife appears in France on a mission of her own, the final moves are made in a great game that has been playing out over an extraordinary decade of war, love and struggle - bringing the Lymond Chronicles to a spellbinding close. 'A masterpiece of historical fiction' Washington Post 'Melodrama of the most magnificent kind' The Guardian

Comments:

Shezokha
A wonderfully satisfying conclusion to an extremely convoluted and well plotted historical series The main character Francis Lymond was a tortured soul, an enigma but who lived by his own code of honour. An unforgettable hero more than capably matched by his young wife in name only, Philippa. In fact the whole cast of characters whether heroes or villians were so well drawn.

One had to wonder after following Francis Lymond through all of his trials and political intrigue and across so many continents if he would ever find peace or the answers that he sought. In this final installment all is revealed and makes for very satisfying if exhausting reading.

In summation of the final installment, the series...fabulous,....absolutely fabulous.
Anen
The series in whole carries you easily, and joyously from beginning to the tumultuous ending. A well researched documentation of medieval Russia, France, Scotland and, of course, England, central to the web.

This is my second reading and it has been a richer experience than the first. I cannot imagine a contemporary writer to equal Ms Dunnett's mastery
Burking
Have read this at least six times. Beautiful love poetry included which, thankfully, the Companion Books to the series have in translation. Even without that the series is mesmerizing.
Gardataur
The Kindle verslons are indecently overpriced but it is compelling series
Brazil
This is the sixth and last book in a series which you will either love or hate. The story of Francis Crawford of Lymond is also one of those multi-book series which must if at all possible be read in the right order, which is

1) The Game of Kings
2) Queen's Play
3) The Disorderly Knights
4) Pawn in Frankincense
5) The Ringed Castle
6) Checkmate

This concluding story brings all the threads together. Having completed his service to Ivan the Terrible, Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to France and becomes a pawn in the battle between the English and the French King.

Meanwhile Phillipa Somerville, nominally Crawford's wife but still a virgin, is trying to uncover the truth behind her husband's origins. Dunnett keeps the reader constantly off-balance with surprise after surprise before the final shattering conclusion.

There are two reasons why this series, and the author's similar "Niccolo" series, should be read in chronological order. The first is that the plots are incredibly complicated and if you read them out of sequence you have no chance of understanding what is going on.

The second is that many of the characters meet their deaths in ways which are exceptionally unpleasant both for themselves and for the characters who survive them. If you read the books out of sequence, advance knowledge of how characters are going to die can have a significant impact on the pleasure you would otherwise have had in reading about the earlier events of their lives when you do get around to reading the earlier books.

Like the books, the central character, Francis Crawford of Lymond, is brilliant, violent, and extremely complicated. Unlike the books he is very flawed. Lymond is a mercenary with particular interests in Scotland and France, and gets involved in nefarious deeds all over the world as 16th century Europeans knew it. Dunnett brings the splendour, cultural ferment, and violent cruelty of the Renaissance world splendidly to life.

If you are at all squeamish, or do not like having to make your brain work overtime to follow a book, leave this series alone. Lymond's story is neither "chewing gum for the brain" nor a comfortable read. And even if you prefer flawed heroes to knights in shining armour, Lymond may infuriate you from time to time. But if you can put up with these features, these books will richly reward the effort you make in reading them. Those who do like the series will find this a magnificent conclusion.

There is no middle ground: you will either hate the Lymond series or recognise these books as one of the greatest works of historical fiction ever written. Or very possibly both !

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