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I have just returned from a trip to Hadrian's wall and to Scotland during which I took some time out to explore some of the places in the Borders mentioned in the Lymond series. For example, in my exploring around Hexham I came across the entrance gates to Beauchope Castle (house built on a 15th centory Peel Tower). I was able to make time to have afternoon tea in Biggar. I found that there is a nearby private house/manse called Culter Allers. The associated church has 19th century gravestones dedicated to Somervilles. I am not sure if these places were the inspiration for Flaws Valley and Midculter, but, as I have begun to read the Games of Kings again, I feel that I have a better understanding of the landscapes that Francis Crawford and his outlaw band roamed across. Going to very much enjoy this reread with those landscapes still in my mind's eye.
I have pre-ordered the Edingburgh guide, and do so look forward to receiving it.
I just joined the Society and am thrilled to be part of a group that honors such an incredible author! My discovery of The Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolo is fairly recent ( the past two years) and I powered through the books one right after the other. I love the history, but especially love the characters. I try to encourage others to read these amazing stories, but have found they are an acquired taste. Oh well. At least we have each other!
The greatest compliment I could pay Hilary Mantel on her marvellous books about Thomas Cromwell is that they remind me of DD's incomparable writings. Different, but the same vividly real people. Francis and Phillipa haunt me, always in some corner of my mind, always looking forward to the next read; such profound, complex situations, last time I wept all through 'Checkmate'.
Am just about to start the N books for the second time, hoping to find Niccolo and Gelis more appealing this time. Girding up my loins, I call it, before I plunge into the 15th or 16th century!
So glad my wife kept on at me to read these books, and that I eventually had the good sense to listen. A great read, challenging and very satisfying.