During the 16th century, the Boderland between Scotland and England was something of a world apart, with its own strange laws, beliefs and customs.ÂYoung John Maxwell, Warden of the West March, did his best to control a motley crew of dalesmen and mosstroopers from Liddesdale, Eskdale andÂ Dryfesdale among others, and keep some sort of balance with the unruly West March English. ÂAs the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII gave way to the rule of Elizabeth Tudor, John Maxwell - a loyal supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots - inevitably found himself drawn into the wider sphere of the kingdom's affairs.ÂHow he fared with Mary's suitors, courtiers and enmies, and his courtship of the beautiful Agnes Herries, forms the fascinating subject of Nigel Tranter's captivating novel. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday
With the end of Elizabeth I's long reign in sight, Patrick, Master ofGray, is determined that James VI should succeed to the English throne.Nothing can be allowed to stand in his way - not even his own daughter'shappiness.And so Mary Gray and her lover, Ludovick, Duke of Lennox, are to becaught up in a savage game of power…
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