Harry of Monmouth
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Harry of Monmouth

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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The story of Henry V, the soldier-king who forged England's greatness.

One of the most exciting historical novels ever written, 'Monmouth Harry' has for its background the turbulent, lusty days of the early 15th century. Out of the savagery and splendour of those times looms Henry V, warrior and lover, who set his nation on the path to glory.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1967 by Hodder & Stoughton General Division (first published 1956)
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To the best of my knowledge, I read the 1956 edition of Maughan's Harry of Monmouth, which I haven't found listed here. I remember it as an excellent historical novel.
Dawn (& Ron)
Jul 29, 2011 Dawn (& Ron) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: medeival fiction readers
I would rate it closer to 4½ stars if I could. A compelling, in-depth read on England’s King Henry V, a rich historical tapestry, woven through with the many intriguing people and events of his life. This is a read that snuck up on me before I was even aware of it. I did not realize how emotionally invested I had become in Henry's life, this was especially true as I reached the last 50 pages and found I did not want to reach the end. I actually stretched the ending out over two days. I could hav...more
Sarah Brooks
My favorite King Henry V novel. Maughan takes the reader when Prince Hal is just a small child, grandson to John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, past his father's rebellion and usurpation of the throne from King Richard II to Harry becoming king and his battles in France to regain that kingdom by right of blood. Maughan describes the battle of Agincourt as if you're hearing King Henry give that great speech in Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth play. Good novel I've always reread when I need something f...more
I just didn't care for this book. I felt like it relied too much on contemporary and Shakespearean accounts of history that are widely considered to be in accurate.

Also, I thought some of the dialogue was weird and stilted. Why Hotspur Percy and his father were the only characters to speak in a dialogue that was not perfect modern English was beyond me. Even when interacting with the characters from other countries they managed to speak perfectly and then there was the Percys. I really disliked...more
This is probably the best novel ever written about Henry V, although that isn't saying much as (perhaps surprisingly) not one of the really top HF writers has ever written a novel about him. Maybe, like me, they don't find the guy a particularly sympathetic character.

Personally I disliked the tendency of the author to retain the same title for the character throughout. For example, Henry Bolingbroke is always referred to as 'Derby' even once he has become King Henry IV. While I can understand th...more
Dawn (& Ron)
Sep 05, 2011 Dawn (& Ron) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Misfit
Recommended to Dawn (& Ron) by: wife
Actually 3-1/2 stars. An enjoyable read for my first HF English royalty read. I should be posting my full review soon.
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Dawn's husband, Ron
One of my very favorite books - even better than Bernard Cornwell's recent take.
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