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My Lord John

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A reissue from the author of ARABELLA and LADY OF QUALITY. John, Duke of Bedford, grows to manhood fighting for his father, King Henry IV of England ... Show synopsis

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Uniongal

A Georgette Heyer Historical Novel

by Uniongal on Jul 28, 2011

Prepare yourself to be immersed in the late 14th--early 15th centuries. The thoroughness of Ms. Heyer's research is a delight (I hate it when an author is outrageously wrong about background details). My only regret about this book is that Ms. Heyer had apparently planned to do two sequels but died first.

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Grace2133

Great Historical Fiction

by Grace2133 on Jul 2, 2009

Despite my love of Georgette Heyer, I don't have much experience with either her mysteries or her historical fiction. I had no idea what I was missing. I am not an expert in this historical period. Not by any means. It is not one of my favorites and I've not done much research about it. From what I know about this time period, which is admittedly not very much, the historical characters were portrayed very accurately. They really come alive through Heyer's prose and attention to historical accuracy. I loved all of the character in the book and really got into their stories. Heyer gave all of the the main characters sufficient time in the spotlight which I find to be a really amazing asset to the book especially considering the complexity of the story and the amount of characters in the book . Heyer also perfectly captured the language, customs and feel of the period. If I thought that Heyer's attention to historical accuracy was intense in her regency romances, it is nothing compared to the historical complexity and detail that I found in My Lord John. This book was so rich in history that I sometimes completely forgot that I was reading a Heyer novel. Given that this was Heyer's favorite historical period, this level of detail is to be expected. I did find that sometimes the story became too complex and I became a little lost and disinterested in the story and, perhaps, Heyer sacrificed plot for detail. I did recover but this period of disinterest did take a little away from my interest in the novel. I, however, can't fault Heyer for her attention to historical fact because as a historian, I love detail and accuracy in my historical fiction . It is to be noted that Heyer died before My Lord John was finished, so, you will be left without conclusions. It is definitely worth checking out because this might be one of the most richly detailed and interesting historical fictions I have read.

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