By Dorothy Dunnett
Scotland, 1477: Nicholas de Fleury, former banker and service provider, has re-appeared within the land that, 4 years past, he had introduced very as regards to wreck during an severe advertisement and private battle with mystery enemies--and, certainly, together with his shrewdpermanent spouse Gelis.
Now the chance for redemption is handy, yet Nicholas quickly reveals himself pursuing his pursuits amid a posh, corrosive energy fight centering at the Scottish royal family members yet heavily related to the strong retailers of Edinburgh, the gentry, the clergy, the English (ever looking an excuse to pounce on their neighbor to the north), the French, the Burgundians. His presence quickly attracts Gelis and their son Jodi to Scotland, in addition to Nicholas's partners and subordinates in lots of a previous endeavor--Dr. Tobias and his spouse Clémence, Mick Crackbene, John le furnish, and Andro Wodman between them. the following, too, Nicholas meets back with others who've had a power, for strong or evil, in his lifestyles: King James III of Scotland and his rebellious siblings; the St. Pols: Jordan, Simon, and younger Henry; Mistress Bel of Cuthilgurdy and David de Salmeton; Anselm Adorne and Kathi his niece. stuck up in, and infrequently molding, the process nice occasions, Nicholas indicates by way of turns the fierce silence with which he mask his secrets and techniques, and the explosive, willful gaiety that binds males, ladies, and kids to him. and because the secrets and techniques of his delivery and historical past come to gentle, Nicholas has to choose even if he wants to identify a destiny in Scotland for himself and his relations, and a house for his descendants.
Gemini brings to a stunning end Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolò sequence (synopsized during this volume), within which this peerless novelist has vividly re-created the dramatic, flamboyant international of the early Renaissance in historic writing of scrupulous authenticity and within the entrancing portrait of her visionary hero. Now, in a publication infused with wit and poetry, emotion and humor, motion and secret, she brings Nicholas de Fleury finally to settle on his heart's domestic, the place he can workout all his abilities as an consultant to kings and statesmen, as a husband, a father, and a pacesetter of men--and the place, might be, we'll parent a connection among him and that different awesome character, Francis Crawford, whose exploits woman Dunnett recorded so memorably in The Lymond Chronicles.
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V. *Alexander Lindsay, grasp of Crawford, his son *Sir David Guthrie of that Ilk, captain of the Royal protect; former Clerk of King’s Treasury, Lord Clerk sign in and Comptroller *Master Conrad, surgeon; tenant of Cousland *Thomas Smyth, royal apothecary LANDOWNERS: *William Sinclair, third Earl of Orkney and 1st Earl of Caithness, married to start with to *Elizabeth Douglas, Countess of Buchan, and secondly to *Marjorie, daughter of the past due *Alexander Sutherland of Dunbeath *Beatrix Sinclair, his sister, married to the overdue *James, seventh Earl of Douglas *Another sister, married to the past due *George Dunbar, Earl of March *Euphemia (Phemie) Dunbar, their daughter, Earl William’s niece; previously of Haddington Priory *Sir David of Sumburgh, Shetland, his illegitimate son; Keeper of Dingwall fortress *Sir Oliver (Nowie) Sinclair of Roslin and Herbertshire, son of Earl William through his moment spouse; married first of all to *Elizabeth Borthwick, daughter of Lord Borthwick; secondly to *Isabella Livingstone; and thirdly to *Cristina Haldane; cousin of Phemie *Elizabeth (Betha) Sinclair, Oliver’s complete sister, widow of *Patrick Dunbar of Blantyre and Cumnock; former manager of Mary and Margaret, King James’s sisters *William, second Earl of Caithness, Oliver’s complete brother; Justiciar, chamberlain and sheriff for Bishops of Caithness *Eleanora Sinclair, Oliver’s complete sister, moment spouse of John, Earl of Atholl, q. v. ; cousin of Phemie *John Sinclair, one other of Oliver’s complete brothers *Catherine Sinclair, Oliver’s half-sister, daughter of Earl William via his first spouse; first spouse of Alexander, Duke of Albany, q. v. *William (the Waster) of Cousland, Dysart and Ravenscraig, Oliver’s half-brother and eventual 2d Lord Sinclair of Newburgh, Aberdeenshire; son of Earl William through his first spouse *Henry Sinclair, son of William the Waster; farmer of Sinclair lordships in Orkney *Cristina Dunbar, Phemie’s sister, married to *Alexander Innes, inheritor to *James Innes of Innes of north-east Scotland *William, Thane of Cawdor; Constable of Nairn fortress; buying and selling companion of *Hugh Ross, q. v. *William Cumming of Inverallochy (Marchmont bring in) *Cristina Preston, his moment spouse *Thomas and *Alexander Cumming, Aberdeenshire kinsmen of Marchmont usher in, q. v. , in company with *Thomas (Bistan) Cochrane and *Sir John Colquhoun of Luss, q. v. *Hugh Ross of Kilravock, Nairn; buying and selling associate of Cawdor *Patrick Hepburn of Dunsyre, third Baron Hailes, Governor of Berwick-upon-Tweed fort; sheriff of Berwick; grandson of *Alexander, 1st Lord domestic *Alexander Hepburn of Whitsome, sheriff of Edinburgh *John Murray of Touchadam, through Stirling, transitority royal captain of Dunbar fort *James Shaw of Sauchie, Governor of Stirling fort and of individual of Prince James *Robert Lauder of the Bass, Keeper of Berwick-upon-Tweed fort *Alexander Lauder *George, second Lord Seton *Robert, second Lord Lyle *Andrew, second Lord gray, supporter of the *Earl of Angus, q. v. *Sir James Liddell of Halkerston, Creich, Dunbar and Edinburgh, steward to Albany *William, third Lord Crichton, son of *Janet Dunbar; cousin of Phemie *Marion Livingstone, his spouse *John Ellem of Butterdene, captain of Dunbar citadel for Albany *John and *Alexander Trotter, supporters of Albany *William Dickson, bailie of Peebles and *Patrick, *David and *Thomas, supporters of Albany *John Jardine of Applegarth and Jardinefield, Berwickshire *Alexander Jardine, his nephew and next inheritor *Alexander (Sander) Jardine of Applegarth, his son, supporter of Angus and Albany *David Purves, supporter of Albany *James Gifford of Sheriffhall, kinsman of James Douglas, Earl of Morton, q.