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The King's General

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,516 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Inspired by a grisly discovery in the nineteenth century, The King's General was the first of du Maurier's novels to be written at Menabilly, the model for Manderley in Rebecca. Set in the seventeenth century, it tells the story of a country and a family riven by war, and features one of fiction's most original heroines. Honor Harris is only eighteen when she first meets R ...more
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Published July 1st 1985 by Doubleday Books (first published 1946)
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Misfit
Set during the English Civil War of the 1640's, du Maurier retells a lesser known bit of Cornish history as an elderly Honor Harris reflects back on her life and love. Wooed by the charming, irascible but extremely flawed Richard Grenvile, eighteen year old Honor loses her heart and prepares to marry Richard until an accident permanently cripples her from the waist down. Richard and Honor separate, but meet years later during the Civil War as he is now the King's General in the West as they figh ...more
Elaine
Apr 06, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This book started so compulsive and enticing and delicious. But somewhere it bogged down into a relatively plodding glimpse of the English Civil War. The sexy thrill of the early chapters was never recaptured, and the promise of drama and derring-do never really fulfilled. du Maurier is great at creating a world, but this time she didn't quite seem to have the dramatic plot twist to go with her build up.
Hannah
Mar 12, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

I knew I was going to love this book even before I picked it up. For one thing, it's by Daphne duMaurier, which means it's going to be top notch fiction. Secondly, it's set during a time period I really enjoy. Thirdly, my GR friends Laura, Barb, Misfit and Pat all rated it 4 or 5 stars (between them, these ladies know their historical fiction, so for all of them to rate it high was confirmation that this was going to be a winner).

I wasn't disappointed. DuMaurier's
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Dolors
Mar 19, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I had had this book on my shelf for quite a long time, bought it in impulse after having read Rebecca three years ago and having fallen in love with Du Maurier's captivating writing style.
I didn't seem to find the right moment to plunge into it, even more after the disappointment I had with "The loving spirit", Du Maurier's first novel.

Haven't I been losing time by reading far more mediocre books these past years!
The King's General is a book which has it all. A haunting castle which reminded me
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Barb
This is the third novel I've read written by Daphne du Maurier, she is an amazingly talented writer. I read a ridiculous number of books every year and only rarely do I find myself giving out five star reviews. I love historical fiction and I love Daphne Du Maurier's writing.

The King's General is a complex and compelling story. Du Maurier weaves together a bitter-sweet love story and a tale of brutal civil war then adds a dash of suspense. The characters she creates are based on actual people an
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MissSusie
I love du Maurier’s writing let me start with that, she is one of my favorite authors however this book fell a little flat for me, it didn’t have the suspense that Rebecca or Jamaica Inn had. As always she captures a time and a place so expertly and the writing is beautiful but for me this just didn’t have the gothic feel and suspense I look for in a du Maurier book.
You can also never go wrong when Juliet Stevenson is narrating and the combination of these two is perfection but even Juliet could
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Heidi
I read this long ago, when I was a teenager, so do not remember many details of the plot, except that it involved a very unusual love story between a general in the army of King Charles I (English Civil war) and a woman who was a paraplegic. The general, Richard Grenville, was engaged to the woman many years ago, but then she had a terrible accident that paralyzed her from the waist down and refused to see him again (too depressed, didn't want his pity, etc.) When the civil war begins, he ends u ...more
Emery Lee
Dec 02, 2011 Emery Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been many years since I've read anything by Daphne DuMaurier. I had expected the gothic feel to the book but this was much more of a historical title than I had anticipated with very detailed accounts of the English Civil War as it affected those in Cornwall.

The main protagonists were unusual and the "hero" incredibly flawed. The relationship between DuMaurier's heroine, Honor, and the ruthless rogue,Richard Grenvile, can only be described as a truly "grand passion." I loved how Honor clear
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Trish
Jun 30, 2014 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written about the English civil war and published at the end of the Second World War, this book says a lot about the harrowing experience of living through a war and the powerlessness of women, children, and other bystanders, but without ever hitting you over the head with it. It's also really refreshing to read about a romantic heroine who genuinely is> feisty and spirited, without the writer ever having to tell you that she's feisty and spirited.
I also thought it was interesting how little
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Ann
Dec 29, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book. If you go by the Goodreads description, you'll think this is your basic gothic romance. It is, at it's core, the story of the romance between Richard Grenvile and Honor Harris, but it is much more than that. It's a well-researched and respectful historical novel that deals with the effects of war on a society and on individuals, the complicated nature of marital and family relationships, jealousies, parental expectations, and gender expectations. It's a complicated work of historica ...more
Lisa
One of Daphne du Maurier's lesser known novels but one that is certainly deserving of more attention. Set during the English Civil War, it's got romance, intrigue, suspense, beautiful descriptions of the Cornish scenery and some great characters, including a very unique and memorable heroine. I did get a little bogged down at times, particularly with some of the Civil War related stuff, which is why I rated it 4 stars but on the whole, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.
Mmars
Apr 18, 2014 Mmars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 3.5

Here's what I liked about this book. The book takes place in Cornwall during the British Civil War of the 1640s. It's sort of a romance. But the heroine is crippled and the hero is a villain. Their love is never consumated. It so happens I started reading I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains right after I finished this book. In the first essay Klosterman states "in any situation, the villain is the person who knows the most but cares the least" about what others think. Bingo.
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Dillwynia Peter
Apr 02, 2014 Dillwynia Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know only the bare basics of the Civil War that lead to the downfall of Charles I, and was not aware that the conflict in Cornwall was so important to the outcome.

du Maurier again has strong women characters that one finds refreshing in a mid 20th Century novel, without compromising on the male ones. The war themes are well presented, along with the historical facts, without getting in the way of the narrative & development of the characters. The sense of Cornwall & du Maurier's love f
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La Petite Américaine
Apr 15, 2007 La Petite Américaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hmmmm ... get back to you on that one
Shelves: meh-whatever
Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite writers, but sometimes she seriously misfires. (i.e., The Glass Blowers)

This book isn't exactly a misfire. It's more of just a crappy shot. This is sort of a mix of Jane Eyre and Gone With the Wind. But since the author is neither Charlotte Bronte nor Margaret Mitchell, this book just doesn't work.

Du Maurier's most amazing works are Juluis, Rebecca, and My Cousin Rachel. When you see books like The King's General, The Parasites, and The Flight of the Falco
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Laura
May 06, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Du Maurier fans
A very touching love story under the British civil war. Dame Du Maurier knows to impress us with every book she wrote. My favorite? very hard to decide since I still have some other books to read: My Cousin Rachel, The Scapegoat, The Flight of Falcon....
Tracey Chorley
This is the first du Maurier I read, so it will always hold a special place for me. If you've not read it I urge you to, it's atmospheric to the point that I obsessed about it when I wasn't reading it. Captivated me from page 1.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The King's General, Daphne du Maurier
عنوان: عشق ژنرال؛ دافنه دو موریه؛ مترجم: افسر بهاروند؛ تهران، ؟، ؟، در 400 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: ارغوان، 1383؛
John
Jan 30, 2017 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some very complex, interesting characters and a well written narrative of the lives of some loyalist at the time of the English revolution .I could not put it down once started. It will stay on my mind for a while because of the ending and one minor character. This was easy to give 5 stars, no doubt about it.
Anna Baldwin
Sep 19, 2014 Anna Baldwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book begins 1623 when Honour meets one of the Grenvilles. Gartred Grenville marries Honour's older brother, Kitt, but the rest of Honour's family does not like Gartred. Being only a child, Honour does not understand why. Until Kitt dies, along with his father, from smallpox and Gartred takes her share of Kitt's money and land and runs. Honour does not meet another Grenville until many years later when she meets Richard Grenville, Gartred's brother. He is a big military man who is honest and ...more
Mela
Wow.

It was really moving. A true story of Richard Grenville and Honor Harris.

There is all what should have a good historical fiction and a brilliant love story. The characters (especially Richard and Honor) are complex and great described. Hero and heroine are independent but whatever is going on in their life, wherever they are, they simply love each other. Whether they are together or not, it is not so important for their love. I don't want to spoil you, if you haven't read this book yet. I wo
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Ingibjörg
The King's General is set in Cornwall during the English Civil War, and tells the story of Honor Harris and her love for Sir Richard Grenvile, the “King’s General in the West.” It is a historical novel and a romance, albeit a very unusual type of romance. It is a fascinating and engrossing story, rich in historical detail, and du Maurier weaves an intricate plot that involves, among other things, the shifting loyalties and rivalries among the royalists in Cornwall, mysterious sounds in the night ...more
Nose in a book (Kate)
Du Maurier wrote this historical novel while living at Menabilly, and loosely based it on the house’s occupants during the English Civil War. In her author’s note she calls it a “blend of fact and fiction” – as far as I can tell, the names of people and outcomes of battles are correct, their personalities and feelings about each other are presumably invented.

It’s a slightly uneven novel, weaving a questionable romance into what is otherwise a fascinating mix of characters and events. The narrato
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Lisa of Hopewell

I'm sure my Facebook friends must have grown weary of hearing me swoon over this book! Honor Harris and Richard Grenville, the King's General in the West, are caught up in the English Civil war. Richard, a rapscallion of the highest order, is the love of Honor's life. A man's man to the core, Richard bears his own version of true allegiance to his lady. The rough times of the war, the rough and ready personality of Richard, the unconditional love Honor holds for him, all create one of the most m
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LemonLinda
May 04, 2010 LemonLinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Du Maurier used real historical figures involved in the English Civil War during the 1600s where there was a local figure in Cornwall who was dashing and daring and surrounded by controversy and she wove a story of intrigue and mystery and drama around this colorful figure. The characters were mostly based on those who actually were a part of the drama of the day and thus had a spirit of true loyalty to the crown, but Grenville, the hero or villain as it were, was rebellious and willful and dete ...more
Victoria Vane
Dec 02, 2011 Victoria Vane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been many years since I've read anything by Daphne DuMaurier. I had expected the gothic feel to the book but this was much more of a historical title than I had anticipated with very detailed accounts of the English Civil War as it affected those in Cornwall.

The main protagonists were unusual and the "hero" incredibly flawed. The relationship between DuMaurier's heroine, Honor, and the ruthless rogue,Richard Grenvile, can only be described as a truly "grand passion." I loved how Honor clear
...more
Manda
Jan 11, 2010 Manda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this for the same reason that I really liked Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles series, where you have an antihero up against impossible odds who can be absolutely unlikeable at times. Unlike that series though, the main characters here were all real people, making du Maurier's blending of fact and fiction in this story nearly seamless. Du Maurier also makes the interesting choice to narrate the story from the point of view of Honor Harris, a woman who was once engaged to the tit ...more
Holly Weiss
Mar 18, 2012 Holly Weiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English Civil War of 1640's. The book is a bit of gothic, romance, and historical fiction. The author bases this book on historical characters. Honor Harris, crippled days before her marriage to Richard Grenville tells the story of her shrouded, confined life and dependence on others. Years later, the war throws the lovers together as unlikely defenders of the crown. Neither Honor nor Richard are particularly appealing as characters, but du Maurier imbues her story with mystery, secret rooms, mi ...more
Linda Orvis
Mar 06, 2008 Linda Orvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of English history
Shelves: favorites
King's General is one of the oddest, realistic and enjoyable love stories I've ever read. I can't say much about the plot without ruining the story. The novel takes place in Cornwall in 1653, and is based on a real place and events. Many of du Maurier's books are written in the stormy and wild Cornwall, the land she loved the most.
Leanna Henderson
Aug 22, 2010 Leanna Henderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daphne du Maurier continues to amaze me book after book. I've only got a couple more to go until I'm finished with her entire repertoire, and then I guess I'll just start over. I love reading her books. This one is historical fiction, but it's not without some of the wonderfully creepy psychological suspense that she is so well-known for.
Linda Blake
OMG, I finally finished this interminable book. Maybe if I liked British history more, I would have liked this book more. There were too many characters and the love story was just implausible. I did enjoy the dark places and the dark hearts. Maybe if there more of that...
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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles a fairy tale. Born into a fami
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“In memory of Robert Harris, sometime Major-General of His Majesty's forces before Plymouth, who was buried hereunder the 29th day of June 1655. And of Honor Harris his sister, who was likewise here underneath buried, the 17th day of November, in the year of our Lord 1653.
Loyall and stout; they Crime this--this thy praise.
Thou'rt here with Honour laid--though without Bayes.”
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“She reminded me of something, and suddenly I knew. I was a tiny child again at Radford, my uncle’s home, and he was walking me through the glass-houses in the gardens. There was one flower, an orchid, that grew alone; it was the colour of pale ivory, with one little vein of crimson running through the petals. The scent filled the house, honeyed, and sickly sweet. It was the loveliest flower I had ever seen. I stretched out my hand to stroke the soft velvet sheen, and swiftly my uncle pulled me by the shoulder. ‘Don’t touch it, child. The stem is poisonous.” 1 likes
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