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Dorothy Dunnett

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Postby Diiarts » Tue August 31st, 2010, 9:52 pm

"annis" wrote:Has anyone else ever had the probably heretical thought, "Why didn't on earth didn't Francis just talk to his mother"? Mind you, if he had, then we would have missed out on all those fabulous stories--


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Postby SGM » Wed September 1st, 2010, 7:40 pm

"annis" wrote:Has anyone else ever had the probably heretical thought, "Why didn't on earth didn't Francis just talk to his mother"? Mind you, if he had, then we would have missed out on all those fabulous stories--


There you go, now I have to read all six books to find out what you mean. I can see very little else happening in my life until this is done.
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Postby Eigon » Sat October 2nd, 2010, 7:21 pm

I did notice in the sixth book that Dorothy Dunnett made it very hard for Francis just to drop everything and head back to Midculter to ask Sybilla what she knew. I've just finished Checkmate, by the way - and what an emotional rollercoaster! I found myself shouting at Phillippa and Francis several times (lucky I read alone!).
Can Dorothy Dunnett possibly have mapped the whole six volumes out from the very beginning? The story wrapped up very satisfactorily, tidying up all manner of loose ends - so was the Dame de Doubtance always meant to have such a guiding hand over events, or was she introduced as a colourful character and later given the extra significance?
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Postby Eigon » Sun October 3rd, 2010, 7:20 pm

I've had another thought overnight (I'm allowed one a day).
Dorothy Dunnett stopped at the accession of Elizabeth I, or thereabouts - but what would have happened to the Lymond line after that?
I can see someone young, blond and incredibly gifted in military strategy leading a company of mercenaries through the Thirty Years War, and another descendant getting involved with the '45 Rebellion (and probably escaping over the heather by the skin of his teeth back to Sevigny), or embroiled in the French Revolution (again escaping by the skin of his teeth).
Does anyone have any other ideas?
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Postby SGM » Mon October 4th, 2010, 8:59 am

How about the Lymond family during the Act of Union. I can only think of one novel dealing with that and that is from the perspective of Daniel Defoe --The English Spy.
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Postby Misfit » Tue October 5th, 2010, 8:30 pm

Here's a cover of Game of Kings on the edition I nabbed at Sunday's book haul.
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Postby EC2 » Tue October 5th, 2010, 10:31 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Here's a cover of Game of Kings on the edition I nabbed at Sunday's book haul.


OMG - One of the sexiest men in history is made to look a total plonker!
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Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

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Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Postby Misfit » Tue October 5th, 2010, 11:48 pm

"EC2" wrote:OMG - One of the sexiest men in history is made to look a total plonker!


;) :o :p

I saw that and I just couldn't resist. Now I have to find a home for it, as I already own the series in the newer editions.
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Postby donroc » Wed October 6th, 2010, 2:12 am

"Misfit" wrote:Here's a cover of Game of Kings on the edition I nabbed at Sunday's book haul.


I can imagine what N.C. Wyeth could have done with all the Dunnett book covers.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Postby Michy » Wed October 6th, 2010, 4:30 am

"EC2" wrote:OMG - One of the sexiest men in history is made to look a total plonker!


I haven't read any of Dunnett's books, although she is only list to try. So of course I don't know who this book is about. But now my interest is WAY piqued! :D WHO is one of the sexiest men in history?!


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