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©Nigel Tranter
Published by Hodder and Stoughton, 1963, The action of this book is set Circa to Circa

The text of this synopsis is taken from the bookjacket.

Mary Gray, unacknowledged daughter of that fascinating scoundrel Patrick, Master of Gray, was as beautiful and talented as her sire - and perhaps, in her own way, could be as unscrupulous.

When Mary, at the age of sixteen, set herself to counter the treasonable and devilish activities of her attractive father, she took on an almost superhuman task. Yet she was probably the only person in James VI's curious Scotland with a mind sufficiently attuned to that of the Master to have the slightest hope of success.

Their extraordinary duel of wits sweeps from the backwash of the Armada, to Elizabethan London, through the court of the Wisest Fool in Christendom, with the murder of the Bonnie Earl of Moray and the terrible witch-hunts of an age combining unmatched elegance with licentious barbarism.

Here is a worthy and exciting sequel to Nigel Tranter's successful novel The Master of Gray.