WRITER AND PAINTER
Dorothy Dunnett, best known to the public for her skilful and closely researched historical romances, was a professional portrait painter and sculptor long before she was a writer. |
Born in Dunfermline, Dorothy Dunnett was educated at James Gillespie's High School, Edinburgh; Edinburgh College of Art; and Glasgow School of Art. Her home has been in Edinburgh for many years.
As a young woman she was a civil servant. She became a professional portrait painter in 1950. It was only in the 1960s that she turned to writing. Her first novel, Game of Kings, was published in 1962. This was a historical romance set in sixteenth-century Scotland, in which the central figure is a fictional Scottish mercenary soldier, Francis Crawford of Lymond. During the ensuing decade, this popular romance developed into a cycle of six novels.
Dorothy Dunnett has also written a second historical series, of which the first was Niccolo Rising (1986) about a group of fifteenth-century merchant traders.