6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2011
A full and valuable companion to the first companion book which provides historical background to people, places and events, and invaluable translations to the Lymond Chronicles and a few pages on Niccolo.
Book two is almost entirely a companion to the House of Niccolo books. It provides useful biographies of the real people of the 15th century who come into these books, as well as background to historical events and places. I found I did not use this book as much as I used the first companion book while reading the Lymond books. It may be because DD doesn't have her lead characters breaking into different languages quite as often as Francis Crawford of Lymond was prone to do.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Volume II of the Dorothy Dunnett Companion completes and expands the first Companion by documenting all of the novels in both the House of Niccolo and the Lymond Chronicles. It complements, not replaces, the first Companion.
For the devoted Dunnett reader, the Companion serves two purposes. Firstly, it provides a wealth of knowledge including translations of some of those non English phrases that made life difficult for some of us when tackling the books the first time around.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it keeps Lady Dunnett's erudition and sparkling humour alive for us. We see the application of her knowledge in the novels themselves but here, first hand, we experience the breadth and depth of knowledge and research that made both series so special.