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Fifth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, The Ringed Castle leaps from Mary Tudor's England to the barbaric Russia of Ivan the Terrible. Francis Crawford of Lymond moves to Muscovy, where he becomes adviser and general to the half-mad tsar. Yet even as Lymond tries to civilize a court that is still frozen in the attitudes of the Middle Ages, forces in England conspire to enlist this infinitely useful man in their own schemes.

©2010 Dorothy Dunnett (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“A masterpiece of historical fiction.” (The Washington Post)

“A very stylish blend of high romance and high camp. Her hero, the enigmatic Lymond, [is] Byron crossed with Lawrence of Arabia.... He moves in an aura of intrigue, hidden menace and sheer physical daring.” [Times Literary Supplement (London)]

“With shrewd psychological insight and a rare gift of narrative and descriptive power, Dorothy Dunnett reveals the color, wit, lushness...and turbulent intensity of one of Europe’s greatest eras.” (Raleigh News and Observer)

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New Narrator

An unabashed fan of the Lymond Chronicles, I was disappointed to see a different narrator from the audiobooks for volumes 2-5. (I had already purchased book five from another provider and listened to the book all the way through except for the very last chapter which was missing!) However, I was thrilled to find volume five on Audible. Even though a new narrator always takes getting used to, I was soon enthralled with the story, listening and re-listening to various parts as I often do with this series. Monteath renders each character’s voice well and is convincing. Thanks for adding this series to your catalog. Dunnett was one of the best!

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Wonderful

The narrator was marvelous. These books keep getting better and better. I wish there were more than six in the series.

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Wonderful

This is book 5 of the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett. I love all six books in this series. This is historical fiction at its best. You should start at book one, and listen to them all in order. David Monteath is absolutely the best reader/performer of audio books I’ve ever listened to, and I’ve listened to many. This series is a joy to listen to.

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Possibly my favorite in the series

Dunnett's historical novels take readers/listeners to places all over the world of their times, far beyond the usual British or French settings (those are also included!). She recreates not only the scenery, but also the sounds and scents of these places. In The Ringed Castle, we visit Ivan the Terrible's Russia with Francis Crawford of Lymond and his mercenary troop--and with one of the first historical English merchant/explorers to visit Russia, Richard Chancellor. Meanwhile, back in England, Queen Mary ("Bloody Mary") is dealing with her reluctant Spanish consort Philip and trying to re-impose Catholicism on the nation. A plot full of twists and turns sets up the final moves in this excellent series of historical novels.
Narrator David Monteath is excellent, throughout.