During the 16th century, the Borderland between Scotland and England was
something of a world apart, with its own strange laws, beliefs and
Young John Maxwell, Warden of the West March, did his best to control a
motley crew of dalesmen and mosstroopers from Liddesdale, Eskdale and
Dryfesdale among others, and keep some sort of balance with the unruly
West March English.
As 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
How he fared with Mary's suitors, courtiers and enemies, and his
courtship of the beautiful Agnes Herries, forms the fascinating subject
of Nigel Tranter's captivating novel.
- Hodder & Stoughton, September 2012
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