By Dorothy Dunnett
The 3rd quantity within the Lymond Chronicles, the hugely well known sequence of old novels through Dorothy Dunnett, Disorderly Knights occurs in 1551, while Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to help the Knights of Hospitallers in protecting the island opposed to the Turks. yet presently the swordsman and student discovers that the best probability to the Knights lies inside their very own ranks, the place numerous factions vie secretly for grasp.
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De Villegagnon replied ... ” “The Chevalier said ‘Christ’ several times—he was exceedingly overwrought,” said the Receiver apologetically. “Exceedingly. He reminded the Viceroy that, contrary to all standing treaties, the Emperor— with the assistance of all the knights, French, Spanish, Italian, German, English—had seized the Sultan’s possessions in North Africa and had mortified the corsair Dragut to such a pitch that Dragut has not only petitioned but tried to pay for the privilege of launching an attack to exterrninate the knights of Tripoli and Malta from the earth.
But you have not yet encountered his brother Leone, General of the King’s Galleys in the Mediterranean. With M. de Villegagnon here, one of the great seamen of the world,” said the Constable, throwing in some cursory tact. ” With annoyance, the Constable saw that he was being left to retrieve this ill-timed reference to his guest’s informal past. ” “Such as Jean de la Valette,” said de Villegagnon coldly, offering the name of one of Malta’s great captains. “Or Dragut,” said Lymond cheerfully. “I met him once, I remember, off Nice.
And the Erskines—” “—know better than any the dangers of Francis with time on his hands,” said Lord Culter gratefully. It was, as a matter of fact, the first argument with his mother that he had ever won, and had he known it, the most useless. So Tom Erskine called at Flaw Valleys to take the Malett girl and her governess home to Boghall, and saw and caught his breath at the child’s looks, and noted that, since Gideon’s death, Kate had lost weight. She was the last person to seek pity. He treated her to a recital of Jenny’s accouchement and the birth of the King of France’s acknowledged son, and she laughed at that, but not at the little he told her of Lymond’s presence at the French Court, and his wife Margaret’s attempts to restrain him.
The Disorderly Knights: Third in the legendary Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett