Checkmate Author:Dorothy Dunnett "Checkmate" continues the life of the Scottish adventurer Francis Crawford of The Lymond Chronicles. In 1557 Crawford is once again in France, leading an army against England. Characters include the young princess Elizabeth and the astrologer Nostradamus. "Checkmate" evokes the intrigue and pageantry of sixteenth-century Europe and concludes the... more » Lymond saga. "... a creation worthy of Dumas."« less
This last in the series The Lymond Chronicles is as marvelous as its five predecessors. Dunnett created an historical tapestry of an extravagant era: great excitement, political intrigues, romance, danger, sense of place, and humor. Characters are convincing and highly developed, and the interweaving of plot with historical fact is seamless. Best historical fiction of our age.