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Dacre's War

by Rosemary Goring

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LoveReading View on Dacre's War

June 2015 Book of the Month.

Historical fiction with a punch of realism and a twist of scheming political intrigue, several characters have returned in this commanding sequel to ‘After Flodden’. This is the tale of the battling and colluding Wardens of the Marches and Border Reivers, set ten years on from the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Double crossing, spying, scheming and underhanded tactics go hand in hand when it’s as easy to doubt your allies as your enemy. The author adds a vivid intensity to the background of the story; the surroundings, the customs, the industry, the everyday life of men and women are clear to feel and see. The Crozier’s relationship adds a spark to proceedings and is a welcome addition to the battle of wits that twists and surges from the pages in this entertaining and intelligent novel. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Dacre's War Synopsis

Dacre's War is a story of personal and political vengeance. Ten years after the battle of Flodden, Adam Crozier, head of his clan and of an increasingly powerful alliance of Borderers, learns for sure that it was Lord Thomas Dacre - now the most powerful man in the north of England - who ordered his father's murder. He determines to take his revenge. As a fighting man, Crozier would like nothing better than to bring Dacre down face to face but his wife Louise advises him that he must use more subtle methods. So he sets out to engineer Dacre's downfall by turning the machinery of the English court against him. A vivid and fast-moving tale of political intrigue and heartache, Dacre's War is set against the backdrop of the Scottish and English borders, a land where there is never any chance of peace.

Dacre's War Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Sarah Musk - 'A fantastic read.  Rosemary Goring skilfully and vividly recreates dangerous times on the Scottish Borders in the reign of Henry VIII.  A really, gripping story.'
  • Sue Broom - 'A pact and atmospheric tale of intrigue and derring-do in 16th century border country, astoundingly well written with a cracking plot coming to a satisfying conclusion.'
  • Sharon Lowe - 'History at its best, this novel from Rosemary Goring, is powerful, robust, absorbing, and a thoughtful documentation of the battles between England and Scotland, a must for all fans of Tudor history.'
  • Carolyn Huckfield - 'a really exciting novel that gives us violence and political intrigue in the time of Henry VIII. Added to this is the love story of Adam and Louise Crozier.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'This is a fascinating and imaginative piece of fiction, cleverly combining fact.'
  • Margaret Freeman - 'A brilliant book, transporting me back to the 16th century Borderlands, combining fact and fiction in vivid descriptions, with believable characters and a fascinating plot! I loved it.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'Spies in the camp, religious men who are not what they seem, all is included in this fast paced novel by Rosemary Goring.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'A page turning read from the Author of After Flodden, history and fiction meet seamlessly!'
  • Josie Barton - 'Ten years after the Battle of Flodden and the settling of old scores lies at the heart of this story of personal and political revenge.'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A cracking historical novel set 10 years after the Battle of Flodden. A struggle between the warring clans of Scotland and England played out on the almost lawless border between the two countries.'
  • Carol Tuckett - 'A compelling story set along the Scotland/ English border...A book I didn't want to put down.'
  • Kathy Howell - 'this is a brilliant sequel.'
  • Susan Mooney - 'Power, revenge and plotting all come together in this fabulous read...10/10 superb.'
  • Lisa Redmond - 'Once again Rosemary Goring dazzles the reader with her vivid and intense writing, her fast paced plotting and her characters which leap from the page. I simply couldn't put it down.'

The Good Book Guide Review

This sequel to After Flodden includes some of the same characters. It is 1523, and the territory is the Scottish Borders, a hotly contested and fought over spot for centuries. When Adam Crozier, head of a powerful local family, learns that Thomas Dacre, now Warden General of the English Marches, and an extremely powerful man himself, is responsible for his father’s death, the idea of vengeance becomes central in Crozier’s mind. The blood feud bursts into flame once again, ten years after Flodden. Crozier is itching for some face-to-face combat, but his wife urges caution, so, instead, Crozier turns to subtle political machinations to engineer his enemy’s downfall, using the machinery of the English court against Dacre. This is a brilliantly researched and written piece of historical fiction set in the beautiful Scottish Borders, an area where peace didn’t stand much of chance.

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ISBN: 9781846973413
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846973116
Publication date: 16/06/2015
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846973116
Publication date: 16th June 2015
Author: Rosemary Goring
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Rosemary Goring

Rosemary Goring was born in Dunbar and studied social and economic history at the University of St Andrews; and, after graduation, worked at W&R Chambers as a reference editor. Rosemary was the literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, followed by a brief spell as editor of Life & Work, the Church of Scotland's magazine, before returning to newspapers as literary editor of the Herald, and later also of the Sunday Herald. In 2007 she published Scotland: The Autobiography: 2000 Years of Scottish History By Those Who Saw it Happen, which has since been published in America and Russia.   Author ...

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