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Simon The Coldheart

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Even as a fourteen-year-old orphan, Simon Beauvallet knows his own mind. Later, friend and foe alike will know better than to cross the flaxen-haired mountain of a man whose exploits in battle have earned him knighthood, lands and gilded armour.

After Agincourt, he has no equal save the king himself in generalship - until his legendary prowess is baulked by a woman. In Norm
Paperback, 303 pages
Published January 5th 2006 by Arrow (first published 1925)
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Simon is the unrecognized illegitimate son of Geoffrey of Malvallet. At 14 he hasn't much chance of being his own master unless he becomes a squire to someone of consequence. Simon compares his father to Fulk of Montlice (Malvallet's enemy) and decides that Montlice is the better man and goes to him, determined to become part of his household. Their meeting is just a promise of what is to come.

"Impudence! Why camest thou to the great door? Know ye not the scullions' entrance at the back?"(Montl
Apr 01, 2011 Wealhtheow rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
Simon is the bastard son of a local lord. When he is 14, he walks miles to get to his father's rival, Fulk of Montlice, and offers him his service. Within a few short years, he is knighted by the king and then, after foiling a plot, given lands of his own. Through grim determination, he becomes one of the foremost men in fifteenth century England. But then he goes to war in France, and he meets his match--the beautiful and fearless Lady Margaret of Belremy. When two stubborn minds meet, who will ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
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Nov 10, 2012 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 7, 2012, historical
I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this book.

I've never read any of Georgette Heyer's historicals before, unless you count Beauvallet, which seems to straddle the boundary between historical and romance.

I'd heard that Heyer's historicals weren't as good as her romances and since this was the next in my Heyer Author Read (I haven't actually got very far through it yet), the whole thing had kind of languished.

Having found myself unable to choose between books lately, I made a list of books
Seema Khan
Well Simon the Coldheart definitely is one of the very good works of Georgette Heyer. The book is divided into two parts, the first highlighting about his childhood, growth and progress towards magnanimity; while the second shows us that how after having achieved a cult status he is struck with unexpected love in his life.
As you read the first part, Simon really grows endearing and you cannot help but love him, even for all his coldness and reserve. Amazingly crafted character. All his attribute
A masterpiece of genre.

It is my first historical fiction of Heyer (excluding "An Infamous Army" which is something between historical fiction and historical romance). And it was a great pleasure. I have spend all my train travel (many hours) with this book. I hadn't noticed when I reached the place.

On one hand, it is written lightly, with many adventures and interesting (and of course a little funny) characters. On the other hand, Heyer made a great job as a historian. She used even old English
D.D. Chant
Jan 05, 2014 D.D. Chant rated it it was amazing
I really love this book.

Again, it's not your typical Georgie Heyer. This is a medieval setting, not regency. Now, the reason I'm so fond of this book is the friendship between Simon, Alan and Geoffrey. Everything works against them being friends, but they overcome the obstacles because... well, basically because they're awesome.

I will just note that, although this book contains some romance, it's more of an adventure. I love that about it; there are battles, politics and intrigue, along with st
Mar 10, 2011 Diane rated it liked it
Jacket flap of the version I have (1979 by Dutton, first published in GB in 1925) notes this volume is an early novel of Heyer's that was never published in US prior to Heyer's death. It's instructive and fun to read an early effort by a novelist who later became quite accomplished. Increasingly I find my appreciation of Heyer is greatly enriched by her ability to write convincingly from both the male and female perspectives, as some favorite authors, such as Lucy Maud Montgomery, seem unable to ...more
Jul 14, 2016 kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Heyer's Simon the Coldheart opens with a 14-year-old Simon, bastard and stubborn, approaching Fulk of Maltice for a place as his squire. Thus begins the adventures of the Lord of Beauvallet, which include knighting, lording, fighting, digging, wardening, . Joined by his half-bro Geoffrey and his adopted bro Alan, he meets the tiger-lady of his dreams, Lady Margaret, except she's FRENCH and EVERYTHING'S RUINED.

1. If you can get over the "historical accuracy" misogyny, Simon is an interesting cha
Kelsey Dangelo
Jul 11, 2015 Kelsey Dangelo rated it it was amazing
OK. So, there’s this tough, cold-hearted illegitimate knight that rises through the ranks, becomes best friends a poet lady’s man and his courtly and courageous half-brother, but no woman can tame him. Then, he goes to war against the French Countess, Margot, a fiery Amazon that leads her men into battle and fails to submit. Will Simon bring her to submission, or will it be he that finds himself submitting?
Think this sounds like a trash history romance? Think this is clichéd garbage?
Oh, no. No,
Jul 10, 2015 H2bourne rated it really liked it
An entertaining story that has good character development. I enjoyed reading how the characters interacted with one another, seeing how the three young men, Simon, Geoffrey, and Alan forged such a strong, loyal friendship as well as how Simon and Margaret eventually developed such a strong bond with each other despite their tempestuous beginnings. Overall, this was a well-rounded story that included historical action, humour, even romance. The declarations of love from Geoffrey to Jeanne were am ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heyer fans
Shelves: georgette-heyer
Three stars because I, personally, enjoyed it, but not a very good book, and certainly not Heyer's best. If I read the forward correctly, she even tried to have it banned.
Simon the Coldheart is about Simon (shocker!), a knight known for his frigid ways. Part 1 begins with him as a page, and follows him till knighthood. Part 2 is when the "plot" (esque? Maybe?) begins. Since his youth, Simon's stuborness gets him everything. When he desires to become a page, he simply walks into the castle. He q
May 05, 2010 Kelli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really admire Georgette Heyer's research and her incredible ability to give voice to her characters. This was actually the first Georgette Heyer novel placed in my hands. I have since started to read Arabella and more of her Regency type books...which I love completely!
I did skim this book a lot, because it was filled with so much information, at times. I found that I would get lost in the Old English: dost, thee, thou, methinks, art thou. Which is true to the time period, but its just my pre
Jan 18, 2012 Gaile rated it really liked it
I felt like I was reading Shakespeare while reading this one as it was written in the language spoken during the fifteenth century. The basic plot is an unknown youth coming into a castle and making himself so useful that before long he is a page, then squire and then knighted. Eventually he meets his lady love who defies him.The old English in this book doesn't slow the pace. The story moves along at a good pace, the characters are well developed and likable. It is also very entertaining with b ...more
Jessica Howard
Nov 21, 2014 Jessica Howard rated it really liked it
To modern eyes, COMPLETELY sexist. But, if you read it with some tolerance for an earlier era, it's a sweet medieval romance. I like Simon's confidence, and the Lady Margaret's bravery.
Phil Syphe
Mar 13, 2016 Phil Syphe rated it it was amazing
Having read all but this and one other of Ms Heyer’s historical works set before the late 1700s, my hopes were not high for “Simon the Coldheart”. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a compelling read from start to finish.

I’ve few negative remarks to make, therefore I’ll get them out of the way first. As with most Heyer novels, certain scenes are repeated. In short, the reader witnesses events as they happen, only for these same events to be reworked later on via a dialogue exchange wher
What a way with battles Ms Heyer has! Taking place in the 1400's, this book covers the insurgence against Henry IV in England and Henry V's march across France, unfortunately after the famous battle of Agincourt, but still an amazing read. The first half of the book deals with Simon and his rise to a baronetcy; the second half with his stormy taking of Belremy and his contretemps with its Countess, Margaret. A wonderful book from beginning to end, which brings the 15th century to life without to ...more
Meryl Sussman
Apr 07, 2016 Meryl Sussman rated it liked it
I have admired the medieval tapestries hanging in European castles and museums. Parading across the fabric are beautiful maidens, knights in shining armor, terrifying enemies and bucolic landscapes. In this Heyer book, the tapestry comes alive as she draws portraits of the strong silent Simon, and his comic big hearted patron, Lord Fulk, his various comrades, the brave warriors, the lute-playing poets, the gallant lovers. It was a wonderful trip into an idealized history when heroes vanquished v ...more
Lis K
Jul 06, 2014 Lis K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is divided into 2 parts. Part I begins with 14 year old Simon Beauvallet---an illegitimate child, orphaned by the death of his mother---as he bullies his way into the Fulk of Montlice's life to become his page. It follows Simon's exploits as he becomes a man, fighting in wars, becoming knighted, earning lands, and developing a reputation as cold-hearted. Some wonder if he will always be so cold. Others know a certain woman will melt his heart. And in Part II, Lady Margaret does just th ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 18, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, history
Not a typical Heyer romance for two reasons: it takes place in the early 1400s and whatever romance exists occurs in the last bit of the story. Still, it's a good story as the dialog and descriptions of the people, their actions, and the scenery feel accurate for the time period.

Simon is a bastard whose noble father, Malvallet, has forgotten his existence and so Simon forces himself onto Malvallet’s enemy, Fulk of Montlice, as a page. I rather like Simon’s approach to life, “I have not, yet I ho
Nov 12, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Simon of Beauvallet otherwise as known as Simon the Cold Heart for a good reason, quickly rises from barely being anyone to someone of great importance and close friend to King Henry. Simon may seem quiet and soft spoken but he didn’t talk just to be the center of attention. When Simon spoke it was because he had something important to communicate and you better listen. Because of this fact, Simon earned the respect of everyone he managed under him, though it might seem harsh or even cold hearte ...more
Simon the Coldheart is the story of Simon and how his heart is not cold at all. Not one bit.

There's more to it, of course, like how he starts out a veritable nobody and goes from the squire of his father's enemy to the lord of his own parcel of land to protector of the King's conquered territories. It features a fair amount of manly friendship and respect, with adopted brother Alan (poet, lover, all around smart-alec) and actual half-brother Geoffrey (hotheaded, impulsive, loyal to a fault). It
Apr 01, 2013 Michelle rated it it was ok
Having read much of Heyer's regency opus, I picked up this much earlier Heyer (both in terms of setting [15th century] as well as when it was written [1925]) and having finished it, quickly put it back down again. You could really tell that this was an early attempt by Heyer -- it had some of the same types of characters and typical characterizations, but it was missing the wit and spark found in her later books.

Simon is a bastard son of a nobleman. He is proud, cold, talented and inscrutable.
Takes Place: 15th Century England and France
Reading Level: 8th-10th grade
Content Level: 8th-10th grade
Swearing: Minimal
Violence: Sword fighting, battles, etc.
Sexual Content: kissing, some very light ribald jokes

Notes: Ms. Heyer's accurate portrayal of the speech and details of the period is astounding.

The knight Sir Simon Beauvallet is known throughout England and France as one of the most formidable knights in Henry VI's army and now he has laid siege to the French city of Belremy. However, h
Aug 11, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Georgette Heyer. I hadn't read one of her books for awhile so picked this up at the library and it was very good. Heyer's most famous for her regency romances (these are her best - clean and funny with very sweet, believable romances at the center), but she also wrote quite a few mysteries and also some historical novels which were based on real people from (mostly medieval) English history. This was one of those.
Dierdre Watkins
Jul 27, 2016 Dierdre Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Wonderful Wonderful Book

Over and over I have read this novel. Each time I sigh. What a story..what a Hero. Simon is Errol Flynn and Tyrone Powers all in one. This story has everything: action, romance, suspense, great battle scenes. Heyer transports us to Medieval England so beautifully. This book is better than any movie! Try it! You will love it!
Sep 30, 2015 Elinor rated it liked it
I rarely give fewer than four stars, and I'm doing so now reluctantly. Georgette Heyer is a wonderful writer but this particular historical novel was a little boring. The characters were not as sympathetic as in her usual novels, the romance wasn't fully developed, and the Middle Ages not as appealing as her usual Regency period.
Feb 19, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
I love Georgette Heyer's books, but this one was kind of a miss for me. The main character started out perfect and stayed perfect (in the sense that he did everything he said he would and never screwed up). What bothered me most, though, was the implication that what every woman wants is to be mastered by a man. In this book, the strong spitfire woman who governs her own territory and on occasion even leads her own army is not happy until she realizes that what she really wants is to forgo her p ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Sara rated it liked it
I like Simons humor but suspend your sense of reality for a bit. This is one book to pick up for the historical accuracy and to get a feel for the era. But be prepared to stretch you brain with thees and thous. I kept asking myself "How can he be so successful and respected at 18?" She suspposed to be cold hearted/unfeeling yet somehow he knows everybody's name, and enquires after the wife and kids and thus is beloved by all?? Simon is a larger than life "mythical" man. I like his character it g ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Cathy rated it did not like it
In the early 1400s, the illegitimate son of a lord forces himself into service for his father's greatest rival and rises through the ranks to knighthood. At some point he meets a noble lady who is his prisoner, and they somehow become a couple.

I started this book and gave it 70 pages or so but didn't finish it. I bounced off it hard. The introduction said Ms. Heyer did not want this early novel republished and I can see why. Simon's the best at everything--everything, no matter how improbable--e
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Georgette 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.

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