A dramatic historical novel set at the turn of the seventeenth century in the courts of King James Sixth
When James the Sixth, His Grace of Scotland, also becomes His Majesty of England, far-reaching changes take place in the two realms.
David Murray, the young son of Sir Andrew, a Perthshire laird, has no aspirations to greatness. Then a chance encounter with King James the Sixth leads to him becoming Cup Bearer and Master of the Horse to his young liege. Together with James's foster brother John Erskine, Master of Mar, the three men enter a new era of political intrigue and dynastic manoeuvring.
He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history - Daily Telegraph
One of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers - The Times
An accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels - She magazine
Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes - Scotland on Sunday
Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting - Historical Novels Review
An informative, entertaining read - Daily Examiner
He treats history with respect - Financial Times
'Political intrigue and dynastic manoeuvring - abductions, assassination plots, religious bickering, the execution of Mary Queen of Scots...Into this rich recipe Nigel Tranter weaves the love story of David Murray and Elizabeth Beaton. An absorbing tale from Scotland's story-teller extraordinaire.' Historical Novels Review on Right Royal Friend