By Dorothy Dunnett
The 3rd quantity in The Lymond Chronicles, the hugely popular sequence of historic novels through Dorothy Dunnett, Disorderly Knights happens in 1551, whilst Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to aid the Knights of Hospitallers in protecting the island opposed to the Turks. yet almost immediately the swordsman and pupil discovers that the best possibility to the Knights lies inside of their very own ranks, the place a number of factions vie secretly for grasp.
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