Apparently innocent of all claims of scholarship or historical approximations, Miss Holland continues her wild leaps into past centuries with a stable of characters gleaned from old Randolph Scott westerns... but the lady can spin a tale withal. Seems that in this one -- set in the 16th century -- the muscular one with heart of cowhide is Rakossy, a Magyar, who delights in out-Magyar-ing his weaker fellows, and matching wits with another brave man from the end of the earth, Mustafa, the Turkish Sultan's captain. Rakossy's rough ways (happy plantation style) are softened somewhat by marriage to royal Catherine, a League of Women Voters sort, sensible and brave, who can still indulge in some expansive nuits d'amour. But with all this, and scholarly brother Dennis, too, Rakossy loses all in the end, after a dusty siege. Sample dialogue from the 16th century: ""Do you think we're low on morale?"" asks Rakossy. ""Oh, no,"" bubbles Catherine, ""Everybody's wonderful."" Silly but busy.