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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  2,376 ratings  ·  160 reviews

What happens when a pirate falls in love with his captive?

During her return to Spain with her father, the lovely Dona Dominica de Rada y Sylva is horrified when their ship is set upon by pirates. Far worse is her discovery that their captor isn't just any pirate — he is the notorious Sir Nicholas Beauvallet, an Englishman with a scandalous reputation for plundering Spani

Hardcover, 245 pages
Published 1969 by Heinemann (first published 1929)
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On the high Seas no man is more feared and loathed then the notorious Sir Nicholas Beauvallet, a Englishman with a reputation for taking over Spanish ships for queen and country, but never did Nicholas think that the next vessel he over took would hold a treasure far beyond anything he could have imagined, one that would capture his heart and him willing to risk his life for Dona Dominica de Rada y Sylva.
Dominica will be no one’s captive, and she fights El Beauvallet at every turn, but with h
My new favorite Heyer (topping Arabella by a slim margin).

Really enjoyed the old-fashioned, swashbuckling appeal of this one, which reads differently then her Regency/Georgian offerings. Many reviewers have likened this story to watching an old Errol Flynn movie, and I agree 100%. Brave deeds of derring-do, espionage and love in the Elizabethan Golden age (prior to Elizabeth's war with Spain) set our English pirate Nick Beauvallet and our Spanish heroine Dona Dominica on a wild, romantic ride. G
This is quite different from Heyer's other books that I've read. It's set in Elizabethan times rather than around the Regency or Georgian eras, and involves England's conflict with Spain. Beauvallet is an English captain feared by the Spanish as a devil-worshiping pirate, although he is of course an honorable pirate who attacks Spanish ships in the name of the Queen and relies on luck, skill, daring, and a sense of humor.

I found that it had a really slow start - about 30 percent to set up the s
In a word, wonderful! The tale of a daring (and dashing) privateer determined to seek out his lady-love in the heart of enemy Spain is superbly written and expertly narrated. Georgette Heyer may be a master at Regency romances, but this one set in Elizabethan times may be one of my all time favorites. The book is full of wonderful characters, wry humor, witty scenes and clever dialog. While the romance is sweet, and a driving force behind the action, this book is different from many of Heyer's o ...more
I have always been enthralled by Heyer's one 16th century historical romance. While Nick Beauvallet and his servant play more prominent roles than the heroine, she holds her own in terms of spirit and intelligence.

This is one I reread and enjoy often. As with some of her Regencies, the addition of "real" characters such as Philip II and Sir Francis Drake, adds another enjoyable element, as does the threat of the Spanish Inquisition should Nick be apprehended by his enemies. The concept of honor,
This certainly wasn't my favourite Heyer novel so far, given the hero's grabby hands and ego, but at least the heroine was a match for him in many ways, and it is a fun set up. It's not a Regency novel like most of Heyer's others, but one of the more historical ones, and honestly I could've dispensed with the romance for more of Nick swashbuckling his way around Spain as a spy. That plot, I liked: I wonder what Heyer would have done if that was her focus.

While this isn't as amusing as most of he
Haley Mathiot
Feb 12, 2010 Haley Mathiot rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys/girls ages 13-Adult to lovers of Historical fiction, romance, adventure
Recommended to Haley by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
When Dona Dominica sets sail on the Santa Maria, she wonders if she will ever meet the infamous El Beauvallet, the English pirate with a reputation of being able to do anything because of witchcraft. But she does not expect her ship to be taken by him, Nor does she expect to be kidnapped by him and taken abord his ship the Venture.

Sir Nicholas Beauvallet captures Dominica and her father and proclaims that he will take them home to Spain, as Dominica has demanded. But falling head over heels in
Note to self: never take unread Georgette Heyer novels on trains.

I first read Beauvallet several years ago on a train leaving the capital for home. Unfortunately, not only was the train very over-crowded but it was stuck in Essex for approximately 3 hours if I remember correctly. I was feeling hot, tired, thirsty, claustrophobic and cranky. Poor Beauvallet was, as it were, in my hands, and ever since has been viewed with dislike by myself.

I can only conclude that I was blind as well. What Beauv
This is a distinctive novel from Georgette Heyer, totally swashbuckling! It takes place sometime along Elizabeth I reign (1558-1603 for those, like myself, needing a quick refresher); the time of the great discovers is not that far away and that of the major English privateers preying on gold-ladden gallions of the Spanish Empire is at its peak.
The hero is one of those privateers. He reminded me in a way of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood, for the humor, laughing eyes, easygoing charm, less the tighty
In all honesty, I would rate most of Heyer's other stories above this one. The plot was flat and predictable. Still, there were good characterizations, (I will admit to laughing at the greedy, but totally honest about it, aunt), and the swashbuckling was great. What else do you want from me? I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition—

God alone knew what might be done to Beauvallet. She had heard that those who fell into the clutch of the Inquisition were sometimes never heard of again.
I'm a huge Heyer fan but this one took me a bit longer than usual to get into. It starts out a little slow (although I did really enjoy Beauvallet's visit to his family in the first part) but it picks up half-way through and becomes a fun swashbuckling adventure. I think the main problem for me were the leads... they were likable enough but I wasn't in love with them.

I seem to have problems when Heyer heads to Spain for some reason... I've been reading The Spanish Bride forever! Still, Heyer at
What absolute trash!

If you liked the book, you might not want to read on...

The plot is ridiculous - not as in satirical and funny, but as in cringingly awkward. In fact, it would be more apt to say there is no plot - the whole book is a trope.

In order to insert the chosen clichés, various emotions and actions are forced upon cardboard characters. They have no real personalities - they aren't anything like real people.

Beauvallet is (supposedly) reckless, clever, infuriating, charming, and just g
Jane Stewart
3 stars. Not much romance or relationship development, but good as an entertaining swashbuckling adventure.

Sir Nicholas Beauvallet (Nick) practices piracy upon the Spanish as a form of unofficial warfare – at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I. He is captain of the Venture. The Spanish believe he achieves the impossible through witchcraft. When he captures a Spanish ship, he takes Dominica and her father aboard his own ship as guests. He promises to deliver them safely to the Spanish c
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I've been a fan of Heyer's historical romances since I first read my mum's old copy of Beauvallet when I was a teenager. If you've never read one you don't know what you're missing! My edition is very old, actually it's the First Australian Edition from 1948, it has no dust jacket, and the pages are brown and brittle. I have 39 of her romances (she also wrote about eight detective books with the help of her detective husband, but I've not read any of them); there are about three or four I don't ...more
The language is a treat - sort of fun, entertaining, mildly-Shakespearean reading. The story is a bit predictable, "boy gets girl after swashbuckling his way through Spain."
For a book by Georgette Heyer, this was quite a disappointment. Cliches, cliches everywhere. Now, I'm all for cliches in their own place, but not so many forced down my throat at once. I didn't find myself impressed by either Beauvallet or Dominica. I might have found Joshua amusing, but even he was just too much of a caricature.

It didn't help that this edition was positively riddled with typos.

Ah well, I suppose I should have been warned when I saw that it was a reprint by Harlequin. Blech.
I have become a huge Georgette Heyer fan. My favorite Heyer books, Frederica, Friday's Child and The Foundling, draw you in by charming you with their simple story, simpler plot and understated characters. There are no bells and whistles, no forced cliff-hangers, no suspense, just skilled story telling that captivates you without you realizing it.

I think Heyer wrote this book after watching a Tyrone Power swashbuckler movie. Or "The Pirate" with Gene Kelly and Judy Garland. It is the least orig
Beauvallet is a historical romance set in 1586 on the sea, in England, and in Spain. Actually, it's more of an action/adventure novel. It's serious rather than funny, and I missed the humor that I so enjoy in Heyer's Regency novels.

Nicholas is extremely reckless (even he knows it) and enjoys a challenge. I have no idea why he decided to marry Dominica except that it'd be a grand challenge--both to get her out of Spain and to stay happily married to someone as opinionated as he is. Dominica like
Phil Syphe
I found “Beauvallet” to be good in parts rather than as a whole. The opening chapters set upon the title character’s ship were mostly entertaining, as were the majority of scenes towards the end of the book. Everything in between was hit or miss.

I felt that after Beauvallet weighed anchor and returned to his brother and sister-in-law’s home there was too much repetition regarding what the hero had done and intended to do. As a reader I knew all this, so these scenes served little purpose, other
Heather A.
This is the 2nd time I tried to read this book....I think I made it to chapter 5 which is 2 more chapters than the 1st time. Someone recommended it to me because they knew I love Jane Austen and said that I would love this book. Wrong! I can't even tell you how hard it was for me to force myself to read it. I am sure others would love it, I am just not one of those people.
Sherwood Smith
This is not a silver fork novel, more of an adventure in the Geoffrey Farnol tradition, based on real events. I don't think Heyer had the skills to pull it off: her research of facts is impeccable, but she doesn't understand the paradigm, so her characters read as cardboard cutouts.
Kilian Metcalf
I bought this by accident thinking it was one of Heyer's Regency Romances. Instead it is a pirate romance, but still it's Georgette Heyer, so it's readable, just not as enjoyable as the regencies. I only paid $1.99, so I don't mind the mistake so much.
the characters were awful, and the dialogue was stilted and unnatural. I've always heard that Heyer's the master of Regency romance, but I must have picked up the worst of the bunch. I'll have to give it a while before I try another of her books.
Set in 1658 in Elizabethan England, Beauvallet is a pirate privateer like Drake. There are frequent mentions of famous personages of the times and descriptions to give you an idea of who they were and what they were like, including Queen Elizabeth I and King Philip of Spain. Although the Inquisition is not mentioned in detail, there is enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Unlike most of Ms. Heyer's heroes, Beauvallet has no problem killing a few people. The times were a bit more da ...more
I'm not exactly an expert on Elizabethan history, but I guess it's really the only time period you could actually set an aristocratic pirate romance in and even pretend to have any kind of historical accuracy.

She did a pretty good job keeping the plot moving while still including a lot of the different political issues at play in the period - England, France and Spain all figure into the story.

The description of fashion and architecture and mannerisms is typically detailed for Heyer and she ma
This is not Heyer's prime period or genre, IMHO. It's ok but despite all the swash-buckling swordplay and Elizabethan starched lace ruffs, it's too pat and predictable. The characterizations just don't run as deep as in her Regency era romances and comedy of manners work, IMHO. For any other writer, this plot and the prose would probably be a 4. But not for Georgette, because she has so many others that play out in withdrawing rooms or within a curricle behind a matching pair of grays that far b ...more
Not my favorite Heyer; this one was a little slower and not as funny. But I did enjoy it and there were some cool parts. ;)
Fun and quick, but a little thick on the cheese. Not her most brilliant piece, but still a fun read.
Possibly my new favourite after Arabella. I hadn't read this one before and as part of a reading challenge for my works bookclub we had to read a large print book (I work in a library, the point was to get cosy with our collections and try areas we normally wouldn't) and noticed this winking at me from the stacks. Large print takes a little getting used to but once the story got going it was rip roaring fun! Pirates, swashbuckling, Heyer's wonderful way that she enlists with her escapist regency ...more
I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. This was my first Heyer encounter and I am very impressed with her writing style, her characterization, and grasp of history. I was hesitant at first because I wasn't exactly sure if it was going to be clean. It is described as a romance on the front of the book and that can go either way fast. But it was so clean. A romance that I loved to follow combined with swashbuckling pirates, courtly intrigue, plots, excitement, all of it combined to ...more
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