My Lord John

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This we will never know Jul 09, Suzanne Vrieze rated it did not like it. I disliked this book because it wants to do too much. It gives way too much background information and introduces too many characters. As a result you're constantly looking at the information given about the families in the beginning or at the family tree at the back only to discover that the person who is introduced in the story is not in included in those pages. Not only does the book introduce too many characters the author has made some mistakes about how the characters are linked.

In the pr I disliked this book because it wants to do too much. In the preface it states that the author 'drew genealogies of all the noble families of England' and that she thought 'clues to events were to be found in their relationships'. It's really telling then that she made a mistake concerning the relationship between king Richard II and the protagonist John and his brothers. A quick look at the family tree would reveal that Richard was their uncle and not their cousin. I stopped reading the book on page when it was claimed that Henry IV 'starved his own nephew to death'.

It was the last straw. The story never got going and it's full of mistakes. I know that the author died before being able to finish the book but in my opinion it shouldn't have been published like this. I love history, especially English history. This is a story of young princes who come of age. Their father is King Henry IV. The story follows the princes upbringing and how they are sent, at early ages, to different parts of the kingdom to keep the country together.

They are fighting on the boarders of Wales, Scotland and in Ireland, all the while meeting with treachery from with I love history, especially English history. They are fighting on the boarders of Wales, Scotland and in Ireland, all the while meeting with treachery from within their own boarders. There is a lot of history about Lancaster and lack of monies given the princes to handle the problems they face.

The author never finished the book, the last chapter was written by her husband, and touches on fighting with France and Joan of Arc. Not an easy book to read, as the characters go under several different names, and names kept switching. Also, a lot of the book uses old English, there is a glossary that gives many of the words, however, if one really wants to know what they have just read, one will have to use the computer to look up old English words!

Jun 13, Lia rated it liked it Shelves: It took me a VERY long time to finish this book, relative to it's length. This was mostly due to the rather dense style and obscure language. The book is written entirely in medieval language, which while comprehensible is a bit like reading Shakespeare; it takes some getting used to. It's also difficult to remember who is who in relation to everyone else as they all have several titles which change occasionally and practically everyone is named John, Richard, Henry, or Joan which is hardly H It took me a VERY long time to finish this book, relative to it's length.

It's also difficult to remember who is who in relation to everyone else as they all have several titles which change occasionally and practically everyone is named John, Richard, Henry, or Joan which is hardly Heyer's fault, of course. While the book in it's current form is slightly disappointing, in certain parts you can see what might-have-been if Ms.

Heyer had ever had a chance to finish and edit the manuscript herself. Everywhere her research shows through, but in a few places her characters really develop into humans rather than historical ciphers.


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But the most poignant reminder of the unfinished status of the book is that it actually cuts off mid-sentence at the end. It made me think of her writing, perhaps up until the very end of her life, and I was saddened to think she would never see the work she considered her "magnum opus" finished and published. This book was disappointing for me. The life of John to me is very interesting and I find him to be a fascinating character, however this book did not do him justice.

It rambled a lot off story explaining unnecessary historical facts and read more like a biography than fiction. Her thick use of Medieval English, particularly at the beginning, was challenging to get through and did not help the flow of the storyline. Though I would say that part was educational if you are looking to brush up on This book was disappointing for me. Though I would say that part was educational if you are looking to brush up on your Medieval English because she does provide a glossary of terms in the back.

It left me wanting a more satisfactory conclusion to an unsatisfactory story. Jun 05, Tessa Mckay rated it it was ok. I am afraid that though the author seems to have done extensive research and obviously loved her subject, this reads more like a lesson in history and genealogy than historical fiction.

Perhaps this is due to the fact that she did not get to finish or revise it as she would have liked before her? Most of the pages are given over to historical detail of personages and events of the time, and even when one does find a smattering of dialogue, it is usually a only a character's recitation of some bi I am afraid that though the author seems to have done extensive research and obviously loved her subject, this reads more like a lesson in history and genealogy than historical fiction. Most of the pages are given over to historical detail of personages and events of the time, and even when one does find a smattering of dialogue, it is usually a only a character's recitation of some bit of history that really has nothing to do with any sort of plot or character development.

The work really never translated into fiction well, in my opinion. Perhaps she should have gone at it as nonfiction instead. Better to read her Regencies from what I understand. Oct 01, Susan rated it did not like it. This novel is redolent of her earlier works. I love Georgette Heyers novels but this one will not go in my to be re-read pile. I can appreciate the amount of research and effort that went into writing this novel but it is a very slow read with a lot of characters that you need to keep a track of as you work your way through it.

I guess the telling word in the last sentence is the word work. There is not just the plethora of characters to attend to but also the language to get your head around. I This novel is redolent of her earlier works. It almost feels like I am working my way through the novel rather than it being a pleasurable activity.

Sep 19, KP Pryce rated it really liked it. I reviewed this, the last of Georgette Heyer's works and the book she was most passionate about writing to wrap up the Beau Monde's Regency Turns 80 celebrations - a year of celebrating Georgette Heyer's stories which led to the establishment of the Regency romance sub-genre we enjoy today. My Lord John, while not a Regency, and certainly not a romance, is a good read for anyone wanting to delve into the times of John of Gaunt and one of his young kin, John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, th I reviewed this, the last of Georgette Heyer's works and the book she was most passionate about writing to wrap up the Beau Monde's Regency Turns 80 celebrations - a year of celebrating Georgette Heyer's stories which led to the establishment of the Regency romance sub-genre we enjoy today.

My Lord John

My Lord John, while not a Regency, and certainly not a romance, is a good read for anyone wanting to delve into the times of John of Gaunt and one of his young kin, John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, third son of Henry IV and ultimately, Regent of France. You can find my review, and my advice to first time readers of this work, here: Feb 28, Linda rated it liked it.


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I admire Georgette Heyer very much, and her research staggers the mind, but reading her historical novels is just plain work. The language is very authentic, which mean it is full of long-extinct vocabulary, so rather than constantly referring to the glossary in the back of the book I found myself being content to 'guess' at some of the situations. Trying to keep track of scores of royal that at various times go by different names and title is also very exhausting.

I think I much prefer her rege I admire Georgette Heyer very much, and her research staggers the mind, but reading her historical novels is just plain work. I think I much prefer her regency romances. I was able to get a good feel for the main characters of this time period though, so it wasn't totally disappointing. Nov 25, Jaime rated it liked it Shelves: This "biographical fiction" about John, Duke of Bedford son of Henry IV , was actually an unfinished manuscript, and was intended to be the first installment of a trilogy. Unfortunately, Heyer died before the work could be completed.

What remains is most of a meticulously researched, densely detailed account of the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenet dynasty during the turn of the 15th century. The book may not appeal greatly to readers who don't already have a fair grasp of the people and pe This "biographical fiction" about John, Duke of Bedford son of Henry IV , was actually an unfinished manuscript, and was intended to be the first installment of a trilogy. The book may not appeal greatly to readers who don't already have a fair grasp of the people and period, but for those well-versed in the Wars of the Roses, it's informative and enjoyable.

Feb 26, Julie rated it it was ok. However, this book is neither interesting nor captivating. Georgette did not manage to elevate John above a one-dimensional character, and unfortunately, she died while writing the book, so it finishes abruptly. I will read more about the Duke of Bedford but would not recommend this story. Aug 21, Rebecca rated it really liked it. I was surprised by how good this book was. It was projected to be a trilogy, but the author died before she could complete it.

My Lord John by Georgette Heyer

It was surprisingly well researched and, not at all surprising for Georgette Heyer, gives a real sense of what life must have been like for these boys as they grew to young men. Every character is fully I was surprised by how good this book was. Every character is fully realized. Dec 07, Beverly rated it did not like it. I've read almost all of Georgette Heyer's books and love most of them but this was a really tough read. It's set a great deal earlier than the regency books and that may be part of the problem. The vocabulary is difficult and there are more minor characters than Heyer usually uses which made it impossible for me to keep track of them.

The main plot line concerning John is interesting. If you read this book, keep a notebook of who's who to make it easier. Nov 06, Rosemary rated it really liked it. Heyer considered this her "serious" novel. I don't think it's as well written as The Conqueror, which is also serious by comparison with some of her hilarious Regency romps. There are too many characters to keep up with for one thing, and the plot takes a while to become engaging.

Discussion for My Lord John 1 14 Jan 15, Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in , when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth. In she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers.

Beginning in , Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year. Hey Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin. Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen , but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting.

While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset. Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance. Books by Georgette Heyer. See All Goodreads Deals…. Trivia About My Lord John. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A German translation was released in Georgette Heyer is best known for writing romantic stories set in the Regency era , but her body of work encompassed many different historical periods, including the English Civil War and the Middle Ages. Her impatient readers continually clamoured for new books, however; to satisfy them and her tax liabilities, Heyer interrupted herself to write Regency romances, [2] [3] such as April Lady [4] and Charity Girl According to Heyer's husband George Ronald Rougier, the Lancaster trilogy was to centre on John of Lancaster because he was Henry V 's most trusted brother, lived during the entirety of her selected time period, and "was a great man" little known today.

She and her husband travelled England and Scotland, where Heyer took copious notes while visiting seventy-five castles and twenty-three abbeys. After each break taken to write another Regency novel however, Heyer found it difficult to return to writing the trilogy and "recapture the spirit of her main work," as each time she had to refresh her knowledge of the era. As a result, she only managed to complete nearly a third of the trilogy, and My Lord John was the result of these efforts. It became her only completed volume of the series. The reign of Richard II of England forms the backdrop of the novel.

Having become monarch at a young age, Richard has become a vain king "not universally held in high esteem. In response to policies they deem bad for the realm, Henry of Bolingbroke, Earl of Derby and other members of the " Lords Appellant ", such as the Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Arundel , successfully take up arms against Oxford at the Battle of Radcot Bridge and remove him from power.

Now twenty-two, King Richard takes the reigns of government back into his own hands, appointing new favourites labelled "contemptible foppets" by his uncle John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster. As one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, Gaunt has been involved in an ongoing conflict with Arundel, an "orgulous" man whom Gaunt blames for inciting a rising in Cheshire.

The novel's story begins in England. The boys are visited by their grandfather, John of Gaunt, and a large retinue that includes his mistress Katherine Swynford , his daughter Lady Elizabeth , and his three Beaufort sons. Mary privately worries to Katherine that the King will never forgive her husband's participation at Radcot Bridge and the loss of his "dear friend" Oxford. Mary and the children travel to London to greet the recently travelling Bolingbroke — "a handsome, jolly knight, richly caparisoned, splendidly horsed" — who is very popular with the city's residents, unlike his father.

Gaunt succeeds in getting Arundel ousted from court. Mary dies of the plague , as does Queen Anne and Gaunt's wife Constance. There, he is lonely though kindly treated. John hears of the increasingly erratic behaviour of the king, who has had the body of Oxford embalmed and publicly displayed. Richard also decides that those "who were of his own blood" will be raised to the status of dukes, and Henry of Bolingbroke is made Duke of Hereford.

Fearful of Hereford's power, Richard unjustly orders that his cousin be banished from the realm for six years, to the dismay of the House of Commons and many others. Slowly dying of old age, Gaunt's final advice to Richard, that he put aside his favourites and become a just king, falls on deaf ears. Gaunt dies soon after; Richard becomes increasingly dictatorial and prevents Gaunt's vast inheritance from being granted to Bolingbroke; his banishment is converted to life, though his sons remain in the country.

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