The Flame Within (by Dorothy Macnab Ramsay)


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Second book in the Pictish Queen trilogy.

A tiny settlement of Picts on the east coast of Scotland is torn apart by raiding Angles. The only survivor, Tamsen, is sent to stir the apathetic Pictish Royal Court into action. She marries Eanfrith, a young king of Northumberland and sees him murdered. Constantly in danger because of her paganism and her loyalty to Pictish tradition she flees back to her own land.

The Angles soon control the whole eastern coastline. They enslave the Pictish nation aided by the wanton Princess Reatta. Tamsen escapes to the mountains wit the tempestuous Chief of the Caledonie. Lovers, enemies and spies surround her as she begins a deadly struggle to free the Kingdom from the Angles.

“History and fiction splendidly interwoven” – Pictish Arts Society

“She has clearly done a mass of research and produced something fresh and exciting as well  as true to the Picts” – Dr Anna Ritchie