Queens' Play - Lymond Chronicles, Bk 2 Author:Dorothy Dunnett Menaced by England and riven by internal discord, Scotland in 1548 clung to a single hope of survival as a nation - an alliance with France to be sealed by the betrothal of the five-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, to the Dauphin. But once in France, Mary suffers a series of ominous "accidents". The one man Mary's mother, the Dowager... more » Queen, feels she can trust to protect her daughter, now seven, is Francis Crawford.
Lymond is despatched to France and embarks upon a nightmare game of hide-and-seek at the very heart of the glittering, decadent court of Henry II. To expose the would-be assassin, he is ready to gamble his life, but does not forsee, as do his friends, what else he may lose.« less