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Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publication Date
16 June 2015
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd

Dacre's War

Sequel to After Flodden
by Rosemary Goring - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

'This vivid and fast-moving tale of political intrigue and heartache is a must read for history enthusiasts and those who love dark romance... Goring’s novel uniquely engages in the personal elements of political revenge, bringing to life a land where there is never any chance of peace'; '****' – Scottish Field

'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' – Sarah Musk, Love Reading

'A packed 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' – Sue Broom, Love Reading

'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' – Sharon Lowe, Love Reading

'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' – Margaret Freeman, Love Reading

'A book I didn't want to put down' – Carol Tuckett, Love Reading

'this is a brilliant sequel' – Kathy Howell, Love Reading

'Dacre’s War is an absorbing, dense read, packed with political twists. The Scottish Borders are superbly evoked – this is a land of constant fear and hardship, as well as great beauty. Highly recommended.’ – Antonia Senior, The Times

'The combination of extremely detailed historical research, beautifully descriptive prose and strong characterisation woven into a tale of political intrigue in evocative and atmospheric settings makes this a book with which many readers will quickly become absorbed.' – Dundee University Review of the Arts

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.

Rosemary Goring was born in Dunbar and studied social and economic history at the University of St Andrews. She 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. Rosemary is the author of After Flodden.

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