Thursday, December 1, 2011


Scottish historical novelist, Lady Dorothy Dunnett, is best known for her six-part series on Sir Francis Crawford of Lymond. Also an exhibited portrait painter, Lady Dunnett started writing because her husband egged her on to do so, after she complained of having nothing else of interest to read. Behold, The Lymond Chronicles were born!

The colorful panoramic scenery of the UK editions grace the front covers of the book beads. The back sides feature the monochromatic US edition brownscapes. Both cleverly depict mid-sixteenth century Europe and the Mediterranean, while following the life of nobleman, Francis Crawford. 

Meticulously researched, the series is a suspenseful tale of adventure and romance, filled with action, intense drama, poetry, culture and high comedy. It is NOT an easy read, specially her earlier works.

You must slug through it though, because the rewards are many and HUGE! Once began, it is impossible to put down.

SO, before there was J. K. Rowling, Edinburgh had Dorothy Dunnett. This is my homage to her. Cheers, Lady Dunnett!

Information on The Lymond Chronicles collection can be seen at Just Charming!


  1. My husband and sister-in-law like Dorothy Dunnett, particularly the House of Niccolo books. I tried to read them, but couldn't even make it through the first one. Cute jewelry though!

    Lynette - Sweet Posy Dreams
    Etsy Blog Team

  2. I am a huge fan of Dorothy Dunnett, especially of her Lymond chronicles which I re-read often and after 20 years I still find things I had not discovered before. I have not found another author who compares or another series of books anywhere near as compelling or engaging or wonderful! (Lynette, if you make it through the first 120 or so pages of Game of Kings you will most likely be hooked!) I found the House of Niccolo series harder to read, mainly because, unlike the first series, I was not at all familiar with the countries or the historial events and real-life characters, and the "female lead" is so unlikable for so much of the story. I adore DD and think she is genius of a writer. Maybe I will put the book beads on my Christmas list!


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