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The Disorderly Knights (The Lymond Chronicles #3)

4.57 of 5 stars 4.57  ·  rating details  ·  2,207 ratings  ·  122 reviews
The third volume in The Lymond Chronicles, the highly renowned series of historical novels by Dorothy Dunnett, Disorderly Knights takes place in 1551, when Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the island against the Turks. But shortly the swordsman and scholar discovers that the greatest threat to t ...more
Paperback, 575 pages
Published by Popular Library (first published 1966)
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Dear me, said Lymond mildly. I am being taken to an unfortified island, where half the defenders and most of the defence fleet are missing, to lay down my life in defence of an Order incompetently if not culpably led, wholly divided among itself, given over to fighting for secular princes and entirely denuded of money with which to pay me for my services. Where are Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice? Where are the the Eight Beautitudes of that proud White Cross? Where are the Crusaders
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Kate Sherrod
Oh, Lymond, Lymond, how I do want to love thee. And every book you almost, almost talk me out of it. Every book you look guilty as hell of whatever crimes most have all of Scotland/France/Malta/Wherever up in arms, and every book you turn out to be, well, I'm trying not to spoil anything here, but there are three more books in this series, so certain truths are probably pretty evident, even to the kinds of people you're so very, very good at fooling...

The Disorderly Knights, the third in the gre

Well, I seem to have been properly sideswiped by this one. or perhaps the more accurate verb would be trounced. trammeled. shebanged. My sleeping habits these past few days have been nothing short of atrocious. Even as I type this I am thinking of throwing aside my laptop and making a dive for Pawn in Frankincense, lying but a few feet to the right of my itchy fingers. (I suppose I should be grateful there is no title in this series called The Fianchettoed Bishop, becau
Oh my god! What a book! There's only one problem! Now I've gotta read Pawn in Frankincense! And I'm already dreading it all being over!

Dunnett spins a wonderful, intricate, suspenseful plot. Sometimes she makes me laugh, sometimes she makes me look up words, but always she entertains me. What rewards a little work can bring. :)

This series has made me fall in love with the characters over time. The depth of character building is phenomenal. The plotting is sine qua non. The world building is impe
Francis Crawford of Lymond is sent by the French King to the Island of Malta where the Knights Hospitallers are threatened by an invasion from the Turks. While there Francis is caught up in the politics of the Knights, in particular one Graham Malett who the reader will discover is not at all what he and his convent raised sister are what they appear to be on the surface. As Dunnett slowly peels back the layers of her story, the reader is taken from Malta to embattled Tripoli and then back again ...more
Stephanie Ricker
I think the Dunnett obsession grows very slowly, but once it’s upon you, you don’t have a hope of escape. This book was bloody brilliant. Dunnett’s writing is so intelligent, I feel somewhat like a little kid sitting at the adults’ table, only understanding about half of the conversation. She uses words that even I’ve never heard of--that sounds terribly arrogant of me, I realize, but it’s a fact that I rarely run across a word I don’t know. “Corymb,” “calyx,” “firlot”…I had to look all of them ...more
Third installment of this very excellent historical series. This book introduces a villan almost as compelling and mesmerisisng as Francis Lymond himself.
Can't add much more than what other readers have already stated. These books are lengthy and have quite convoluted plots but the characters and their motives are wonderful and engaging reading. Wonderful author and simply a top notch series
Adriano Del Orange
Looking down the list of reviews I wondered what the proportion of female to male readership is for these books. I thought about it too when I picked up this book. It was a random selection, and, truth I wasn't expecting much. It's been a long time since I read any historical fiction, and what I was really expecting was a sappy romance I wouldn't pursue very far. Well, this book turned out to be considerably better than that. I got the bright haired clear sighted hero I expected, but a hero who ...more
I deducted a star just because (view spoiler) That said, nobody could ever accuse Dunnett of not loving all her other magnificent female characters (Oonagh! Sybilla! Kate and Philippa Freaking Somerville!!!) so I can overcome that d ...more
Although I am thoroughly enjoying the Lymond Chronicles so far, this third book in the series struck me as having more difficulties in structure than the previous two (I am a first-time reader, so don't have the luxury of knowing how it all turns out in the end). The first scenes in Scotland, settling back in with Will Scott and Sibylla and the familiar characters there, were great fun. When the action moved to Malta, however, for the first 'act', I felt it was less engaging and more disjointed. ...more
Jul 01, 2008 JuliAnna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JuliAnna by: rec.arts.books
Before starting on The Disorderly Knights (the third book of the series), I went back and reread the first two. This turned out to be a mistake. They are still good books, but they came up lacking when I knew what to expect from the plot. There is just not enough (history or philosophy or insight into human behavior) to keep me thoroughly engaged. I am now enjoying The Disorderly Knights quite a bit. It is definitely entertaining, but as with the earlier books a little intellectually lighter tha ...more
This is my favorite of the Lymond books so far, but of course, each one I read is my favorite until I read the next one! As always, I'm in awe of Ms. Dunnett's writing abilities. She always knows what is going on in each of her characters' heads but shows us only enough glimpses to keep us turning the pages. The effect is similar to really living through the events-- you have only the evidence of people's expressions and words and the facts on the ground that you know... when to understand the w ...more
Okay. This book in the Lymond Chronicles is better than the first two because a very interesting villain is introduced who challenged Francis Crawford of Lymond. Lymond is, of course, brilliant in avoiding getting himself killed in the seige of Malta with the Knights Hospitaller. And we learn much about this time of conflict between the Knights, the pirates, and the Moslems in Tripoli. This is a better read than the first two because the story carries it forward, and we have less cryptic referen ...more
Erica Smith
The formula is wearing a bit thin by this book - that's the "trick the reader into thinking Lymond is up to something nefarious, which of course he isn't" formula - but I think it's half-hearted here anyway. We know that, animal in spangles or no, he's on the side of more-or-less-good, and just need to wait out all the plots and misdirections. The finish is grand - my sang was not as marvelously froid as it might have been - but again it's better all gulped down in one draught, because this is a ...more
Dunnett never fails to provide an interesting ride! Lymond is up to his devilish best although the gig is up in terms of thinking he will end up on the wrong side of things. This time the true twist isn't his. I don't know if the first one truly was the densest in terms of new vocabulary or if it just felt that way. I did not have to keep a dictionary close at hand to get through this, but I did pick up a few new words like "malison" (curse) and "firlot" (an old Scottish measurement). May just h ...more
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It’s been a long time since I’ve read books that make me jump up and down with excitement, or throw the book away from me in anger. I was shaking, overcome with emotion, as I read the final scenes of Disorderly Knights. Dorothy has such a gift for story-telling and character development. It is hard to believe that with a three-page character list at the front of this book, I have a firm grasp of each personality (which is not due to any lack of complexity).

I knew, from Game of Kings and Queen’s
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“Jerott, for God’s sake! Are you doing this for a wager?’ said Lymond, his patience gone at last. ‘What does anyone want out of life? What kind of
The Disorderly Knights takes Francis Crawford into dark territory. Instead of defending himself against false accusations motivated by political ambition, or uncovering plots against the child queen of Scotland, Crawford finds himself in a struggle with plain evil. True to form for the Lymond Chronicles, it is an evil no one else recognizes. Because of Crawford's past, it is easy even for his friends and family to believe that it is really him who is the problem. This story explores a new aspect ...more
Sarah Heffern
May 09, 2007 Sarah Heffern rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of history
The Lymond Chronicles books are quite possibly my all-time favorite books, or at least as an adult. There are six thoroughly-researched novels in the series, and each outdoes its predecessor in weaving historic details, compelling characters, and gripping plot twists.

The story follow Francis Crawford of Lymond, a minor Scottish nobleman, through adventures that take him from his native land to England, France, Malta, Greece, North Africa, Russia, and finally back home to Scotland. Along the way
Any book which begins "On the day that his grannie was killed by the English, Sir William Scott the Younger of Buccleuch was at Melrose Abbey, marrying his aunt" is pretty much guaranteed to be a success, and The Disorderly Knights does not disappoint. The beginning is a little slow, but it soon picks up pace, moving from Malta to north Africa to France to Scotland, all while Dunnett manages to juggle characters and plotlines with a dexterity that astounds. It all should descend to farce and mel ...more
Francis Crawford's adventures continue in the third installment of Dorothy Dunnett's "The Lymond Chronicles." Francis Crawford of Lymond is dispatched to embattled Malta, to assist the Knights of Hospitallers in defending the island against the Turks. While there Lymond makes the acquaintance of another dazzling, larger than life man who becomes an integral part of the story.

Lymond is brilliant, sarcastic, witty, agile, sardonic, and romantic (even though he claims to love no one). 'Today' said
Seriously amazing. I loved the first book and liked the second but this one was possibly my favorite. This might have to do with it involving more familiar characters and thus requiring less confusing set up than the previous two.

These books are wonderful and really reward close reading. The historical details are amazing. I just finished and immediately put my bookmark in the next book.

What really pulls the books, though, are the amazing characters. Lymond is so likably flawed and a fantastic
Lorie Ahlander Maenza
The Turkish fleet is at sea heading toward Malta, where the Knights of St. John have sworn to protect against Turks. The weakened holy order of St. John seek out Lymond Crawford for his gifts and skill as a soldier to help them defend Malta.

Sailing to Malta the name Gabriel Reid Mallett, Knight Grand Cross, is spoken as the order's cornerstone. Gabriel, intelligent, strong in stature and faith, able to bring assurance to those in need with a voice that carries humble strength and natural authori
Malta comes alive in this installment, and the author's love for her characters, both the ones she created and the real people they interact with is obvious. Even having not read it for 20 years, I remember the fat templar's death in the battle, and Francis' anger over it. If you want more reviews of this book, go to it's page on Amazon, and read the 5-star reader reviews. They all say it better than I can.
Apr 21, 2008 Elizabeth added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Sherwood Smith
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This book takes Lymond to Malta, to France, and back to Scotland, and introduces us to Gabriel Reid Mallett, and his young sister Joleta. Philippa begins to come into her own in this book, and there is some wonderful Scott interplay, as well as plenty of Kate. We meet Jerrott, and the men of Lymond's private army of St. Mary's. Richard gets plenty of chances to be stern and disapproving (do you suppose he ever gets tired of assuming the worst of his younger brother, just to be proved wrong in th ...more
Jean Gobel
Finished this book last evening, and -surprize!- got some sleep for a change! It has been a week of 2 a.m. "can't put the Nook to bed" kind of read. What a wild ride and romp thru Malta, then the English and Scottish countryside! Edge-of-your-seat action with surprise at every turn, your feelings for Francis Crawford of Lymond turning with them. You love him, you hate him, you don't know what to make of him. Friends become vicious enemies, enemies become devoted friends. Political, religious, pe ...more
The 3rd book in the Lymond series and another one that holds your interests with its intricate plot and vivid descriptions. Lymond is in Scotland and is there for the sieges of Malta, Gozo, and Tripoli. These serve as the backdrop and the board against which is played an intricate game of chess for power. Add to this the feuds of the Scottish clans, Lymonds creation of a mercenary force and there's an explosive mixture. As usual, Dunnett's dialog when first read can be misleading in their ambigu ...more
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Dorothy Dunnett OBE was a Scottish historical novelist. She is best known for her six-part series about Francis Crawford of Lymond, The Lymond Chronicles, which she followed with the eight-part prequel The House of Niccolò. She also wrote a novel about the real Macbeth called King Hereafter (1982), and a series of mystery novels centred around Johnson Johnson, a portrait painter/spy.

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