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The disorderly knights de Dorothy Dunnett

The disorderly knights (original: 1966; edição: 1997)

de Dorothy Dunnett

Séries: Lymond Chronicles (3)

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This third volume in The Lymond Chronicles, the highly renowned series of historical novels takes place in 1551, when Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the island against the Turks. But shortly the swordsman and scholar discovers that the greatest threat to the Knights lies within their own ranks, where various factions vie secretly for master.… (mais)
Título:The disorderly knights
Autores:Dorothy Dunnett
Informação:New York: Vintage Books, 1997. 503 p. : map ; 21 cm. 1st Vintage Books ed
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The Disorderly Knights de Dorothy Dunnett (1966)

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Lymond fights takeover of Knights Hospitalers
  ritaer | Jun 26, 2021 |
I listen to audiobooks as I’m doing other things, like driving or housework, but with this book there were several occasions when, having finished my tasks, I just sat in an armchair and kept listening, because I was so engrossed! This story is intense and compelling, and… wow.

In the summer of 1551, Francis Crawford of Lymond is asked to come to Malta, where the knights in the Order of St John face a Turkish attack; later, in Scotland, Lymond is again involved with some of the knights as Lymond sets about establishing a company of mercenaries.

I found the second half especially captivating, because for so many of the people Lymond knows in Scotland (and England), the reader is also acquainted with their families, friends and neighbours. This means I’m much more invested in their wellbeing and survival. In particular, I like seeing Philippa Somerville -- who was only ten during The Game of Kings -- take on a more active role in the story.

I knew to expect Dunnett’s skill with twists and with tying a loosely-connected string of events into a tightly cohesive whole, but I was nevertheless impressed. Impressed and also left reeling -- because some developments are tragic and some revelations are devastating and just from the aftermath of all that tension.

As a story, this is arguably darker than I usually prefer, but not, I found, darker than I could bear. I appreciate that certain horrifying or otherwise distasteful incidents occur largely off-screen, and that Dunnett is able to still convey their impact and make it clear that these things are not condoned.

In case it needs saying, there is a lot in this book which I enjoyed. There are scenes which are not (or not just) tense or insightful, but very entertaining. The clever plotting, from both author and certain characters, is satisfying, and the nuanced portrayal of characters is fascinating -- there’s a noteworthy amount of perspicacity from both author and some of her characters. And even if the actions of a few cast long shadows, many of the characters are just plain likeable.

She said baldly, “You’ve left St Mary’s to itself for three days. If you daren’t leave it any longer, after all the time you’ve devoted to it, then you must know you’ve failed.”
Lymond said softly, “That is the only thing you may not say to me... Kate, superb Kate:
I will not be mothered.
Mothered!” Kate’s small, undistinguished face was black with annoyance. “I would sooner mother a vampire. I am merely trying to point out what your browbeaten theorists at St Mary’s ought surely to have mentioned in passing. Health is a weapon of war. Unless you obtain adequate rest, first your judgement will go, and then every other qualification you may have to command, and either way, the forces of light will have a field-day in the end.” ( )
  Herenya | Feb 18, 2021 |
In this third book in the Lymond Chronicles, our hero Francis Crawford travels to Malta and becomes involved with the Knights of St John, a Catholic military order. Led by a tyrannical Grand Master, the group finds themselves defending Malta and then battling the Turks in Tripoli. This action forms the first half of the book, and I admit I almost gave up on it. The setting, the myriad new characters, the complicated battle scenes that were impossible to visualize, were all doing my head in. But I set the book aside, and when I picked it up again a week or so later I found the action had returned to Scotland and familiar characters reappeared. Lymond decides to form his own Knights of St Mary’s, a mercenary army which he plans to train to defend Scotland and possibly other parts of the world. The new army is seeded with a few Knights of St. John, and which seems promising but ultimately leads to a serious conflict between leaders. On the way to the inevitable showdown other characters develop in some very interesting ways, and the reader learns some things about Lymond that he doesn’t yet know himself. The ending is quite open-ended, leaving me wondering just what will happen next.

These novels are long and rich with historic detail, requiring considerable concentration. I plan to keep reading this series, but need to put some space between each volume so as not to get overwhelmed. ( )
  lauralkeet | Mar 31, 2020 |
I loved the first two books of the Lymond Chronicles, but when I began to read this book I couldn’t help thinking that those books were laying foundations and that this book would be where she really hit her stride.

It was wonderful to be back in Scotland with familiar characters from the first book who I had rather missed in the second. The opening sequence moved from Will Scott’s wedding to a skirmish with English border raiders and then back to the wedding party again. It and it was vibrant, it was colourful and it was a joy to read.

That set the scene perfectly.

In the first part of the book, Lymond was drawn into the cause of the Knights of Malta, as they struggled to defend their island home from the Turks. There was intrigue, because it was clear that there were more than the stated reasons the invitation extended to Lymond, and for his accepting that invitation. This early part of the story set in Malta and Tripoli, evoked those places wonderfully well. It was perfectly executed, it was immaculately written; there were some wonderful moments, there were some significant plot developments; and yet it was only setting the stage for events that would unfold back in Scotland.

Lymond was charged with creating a new military force for Scotland, its objective to break the cycle of clan warfare so that all of Scotland’s forces could be set against the English. Among the company is a group of refugee Knights of Malta, led by Sir Graham Malett, known as Gabriel, who is set on creating a religious force and making Lymond part of that force.

That’s as much as I can say about specifics of the plot; because there is such clever and effective sleight of hand, because my understanding of events shifted, and because if you have read this book you will know and if you have you should read and you shouldn’t know too much before you do.

The depth and the complexity of the characterisation is extraordinary; and a cast populated by fictional characters and historical figures lived and breathed. I have come to love many of them – Janet Beaton and Kate Somerville are particular favourites – and the death of one early in the story made me realise how very real this world and the people who moved through it have become to me.

There would be other deaths and some of them broke my heart. Most were dictated by the real history that is missed so effectively with fiction, and others I understood served the unfolding plot.

I reacted more emotionally to this book than others; and fortunately there were scenes to inspire laughter, anger and joy as well as grief.

Two new characters – a man and a woman – became central to the story. They were both quite unlike anyone else in the story, they were psychologically complicated and interesting, and they brought much colour and drama.

The success or failure of this book though, rested firmly on the shoulders of its central character. I am still drawn right in with his charisma, his manifold talents, and the evolution of his character and his story.

There were times when he seemed to have matured, but there were times when he seemed childishly, foolishly reckless. I would come to understand his reasons, that there were times when he had to position himself and play a part, but there was something there that came from character rather than pure necessity.

Certain things within the Crawford family that I had observed before were emphasised in this book, and I am very curious to find out more.

There were not as many set pieces as I expected in this book, but I didn’t miss them because there was so much that was rooted in character and history, and because I saw that much of what had happened before was building the story arc that would grow through this book.

I loved one scene that I haven’t seen mentioned much; an extended scene that had echoes of something the happened at the very beginning of the first book.

The finale was a tour de force, an extended set piece rich with colour, drama and emotion that set things up perfectly for the next book and the books to come after that.

I love that the thee books in this series have been distinctive but they have also been worked together to reveal different aspects of a character and to move his story forward.

I know that I will come back to them again and see things that I missed reading them for the first time, but now I have to get back to ‘Pawn in Frankincense – the fourth book – and find out what happens next. ( )
  BeyondEdenRock | Feb 19, 2019 |
The titular disorderly knights are members of the Order of Saint John, the Knights Hospitallers, and they are in disorder because they have to defend their home island of Malta from an attack by the Turks. Lymond is there to help out but discovers that the group faces a much greater peril within their ranks.

I found this installment of the Lymond Chronicles more difficult to get through than the first two. With the first two parts of the book taking place in territories that were less familiar to me, I had to work harder to keep up with the history and the background figures. Once the action shifted back to Scotland, I found it much easier to sink into the read.

The story certainly kept me guessing in that third part though—Lymond came off horribly after his encounter with Joleta, and I was sufficiently furious with him to consider stopping my reading. But then new information came in, and I wasn’t sure how to react. I’m still not sure how to react. It was a disquieting scene, to say the least, and I would use it as evidence that Lymond is not really the romantic hero that some would like to paint him as.

Nevertheless, the book is meticulously researched as always, and I would still recommend the series as a whole for fans of meaty historical fiction. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 28, 2018 |
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This third volume in The Lymond Chronicles, the highly renowned series of historical novels takes place in 1551, when Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the island against the Turks. But shortly the swordsman and scholar discovers that the greatest threat to the Knights lies within their own ranks, where various factions vie secretly for master.

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