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Book Title: The Great Roxhythe|
The author of the book: Georgette Heyer
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Date of issue: 1935
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Georgette Heyer never allowed this book to be republished in her lifetime and, unlike Simon the Coldheart which laboured under a similar ban, it has never been republished after her death either. Because of this I approached The Great Roxhythe with some trepidation.
One obvious reason for this situation is the nature of the relationships between the leading characters. Heyer created a world where men have great depths of loyalty to each other (even if the two main friendships, between Charles II and the Marquis of Roxhythe, and Roxhythe and his secretary Christopher, are mainly one-sided). It is very easy for a reader reading this book in 2011 to misinterpret what Heyer has written.
Also, she is best known for her Regency-set romances and romantic love is lacking in this book. This is one of her straight historical novels although it does partake of that streak of adventure that runs through much of her earlier work, such as the Black Moth. Roxhythe is out of the same arrogant mould as the Alastairs and Lord Worth. Frequent balls and visits give a hint as to how Heyer's style was to develop in the future.
Language is a key feature of the work of Georgette Heyer and there is one notable eccentricity in The Great Roxhythe. There are almost no apostrophes. I never realised how many a book contains until I came across a book where most sentences were written out in full. While I did grow used to it, it did jar at the beginning of the book and hinder the flow of the prose.
Overall I enjoyed this book and it is well worth reading on its own merits not just as the "forgotten Georgette Heyer historical." It is not one of her best, and I would never recommend this to a new Heyer reader as a first or even an almost-first read. If you like Heyer's straight historicals and/or are interested in the reign of Charles II then if this comes your way, you might want to pick up a copy.
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Read information about the authorGeorgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.
In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.
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.
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