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A 16th-century tale of one of Scotland's noblest families, comprising the novels LORD AND MASTER, THE COURTESAN and PAST MASTER, focusing on Patrick, Master of Gray, the son and heir of the 5th Lord Gray, who was to become involved in daring plots to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots. A 16th-century tale of one of Scotland's noblest families, comprising the novels LORD AND MASTER, THE COURTESAN and PAST MASTER, focusing on Patrick, Master of Gray, the son and heir of the 5th Lord Gray, who was to become involved in daring plots to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots.


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A 16th-century tale of one of Scotland's noblest families, comprising the novels LORD AND MASTER, THE COURTESAN and PAST MASTER, focusing on Patrick, Master of Gray, the son and heir of the 5th Lord Gray, who was to become involved in daring plots to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots. A 16th-century tale of one of Scotland's noblest families, comprising the novels LORD AND MASTER, THE COURTESAN and PAST MASTER, focusing on Patrick, Master of Gray, the son and heir of the 5th Lord Gray, who was to become involved in daring plots to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots.

30 review for The Master of Gray Trilogy: Lord and Master / The Courtesan / Past Master

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Lord and Master: Follows the career of Patrick Gray from the time he and his fictional illegitimate half-brother are expelled from St. Andrews after Patrick impregnated the principal of St. Mary's College, Mariota Davidson. Patrick was considered charming, handsome, treacherous, totally unscrupulous, and by some the devil incarnate. Raised Protestant his father sent him to France until the Davidson business died down. Patrick converted to Catholicism, becoming close with the Guise family who wer Lord and Master: Follows the career of Patrick Gray from the time he and his fictional illegitimate half-brother are expelled from St. Andrews after Patrick impregnated the principal of St. Mary's College, Mariota Davidson. Patrick was considered charming, handsome, treacherous, totally unscrupulous, and by some the devil incarnate. Raised Protestant his father sent him to France until the Davidson business died down. Patrick converted to Catholicism, becoming close with the Guise family who were plotting to free Mary, Queen of Scots. He would scheme to bring the downfall of James Douglas, Earl of Morton, Regent of James VI, and replace him with Esme Stuart, Seigneur D'Aubigny, second cousin of King James VI. Esme Stuart converted to Presbyterianism and was granted lands and title of the Duke of Lennox which irked numerous Scottish lords who were being played by Patrick Gray. Robert Stewart, also a relative of the king would be created Earl of Arran and Chancellor of Scotland. Patrick Gray would divorce his first wife Elizabeth Lyon, after many years of separation, to marry Lady Marie Stewart, another one of King James VI's relatives and become acting Chancellor of Scotland and Master of the King's Wardrobe and Menagerie, in charge of the king's clothing and jewels. He fell from grace when it was discovered that rather then broker an agreement to free Mary, Queen of Scots, he possibly handed the English documentation that Mary had abdicated and therefore no longer an anointed monarch. Patrick rides gaily out of Edinburgh Castle with his wife as his brother, unacknowledged daughter, Mariota, and nephew watch him going into exile from a safe distance. The Courtesan: Mary Gray, unacknowledged daughter of Patrick, Master of Gray, has grown up at Huntly Castle with David Gray raising her as his daughter. The Master of Gray has been discreetly pitting the Catholics against the Protestants. She decides that she and Davy must do something about it, so they intercept James VI hunting party and deliver an altered message to him. Mary is a childhood friend of Ludovick Stuart, 2nd Duke of Lennox, and he and her Aunt Lady Marie Stewart are her allies in the Royal Court. King James is fond of writing poetry and she uses this as common ground to strike up conversations relaying messages that at times confound Patrick's schemes. One of the schemes that she and Ludovick fail to stop is the murder of James Stewart, Earl of Moray. Patrick had been playing King James against his queen, Princess Anne of Denmark, suggesting that the Earl of Moray was her lover. Mary has no problem managing the courtiers but the Duke of Lennox wants to marry her, but due to her status as the illegitimate daughter of a castle steward and his as heir to the throne there's no way they can marry so she's content to be his mistress. Past Master: Patrick Gray continues his machinations to ensure James VI's succession to the English throne. He has his daughter Mary installed as Prince Henry's nursemaid, separating her from the Duke of Lennox and Queen Anne from her son which pits the royal couple against each other. He also tries to make it appear that Queen Anne has taken Lennox as her lover which fails, because Lennox would rather be far from court and all its plotting, has no aspirations to the throne, and is an honest character. A rarity at court and something that saves him. Though Mary and Lennox can't prove it they are sure that Patrick is behind the deaths of the Earl of Gowrie and his brother while being visited by the king. They warn the Earl's mother and sister in time for them to flee the country or be executed as well. Patrick goes after his father as well. The two hate each other with a passion and Patrick has sworn to bring his father low. There are two places of power in Scotland, the Royal Court and where ever the Master of Gray is operating from and if he's operating on you behalf you'd better ask yourself why and what benefit is he getting from it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Blaine

    I am a sucker for Scottish history whether it be true history or historical fiction. Nigel Tranter has been a prolific Scottish writer and always presents a worthwhile read. I enjoyed this trilogy - just not as much as some of his other works. Found it to be slightly drier and a tad repetitive when it comes to using certain pat phrases. However, I picked this book up at a local coffee bar\bookstore for $5.00. Could not go wrong.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brian

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brigid Primrose

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Colville

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gill Wedding

  8. 5 out of 5

    Georgia Haughney

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian Garvie

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Russ

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emma Chan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  16. 5 out of 5

    Will

  17. 4 out of 5

    George Larson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Debsp

  19. 5 out of 5

    William Rennie

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Gray

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jose

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julian Scott

  25. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  26. 4 out of 5

    Merran

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Don

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Powell

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