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Simon The Coldheart

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,193 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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
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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
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Wealhtheow
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
Heather
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Kerry
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
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Diane
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
Amy
Dec 23, 2011 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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D.D. Chant
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
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Kelli
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
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Gaile
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
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.
Maria
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
Lis K
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
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
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Cheryl
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
Mikki
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
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Michelle
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.
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Anajoy-rusticgirl
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
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Cindy
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.
Rebecca
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
Sara
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
Cathy
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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Elizabeth
What a fun book this is. For Jane Austin fans looking for a clean, well written "knights & Ladies" 'fix', this Georgette Heyer book fits the bill. Delightful reading!
Frezanda
Huhhhh, not as bad as I thought. Reading the review I thought it would be something you want to burn. Frankly speaking, I read other Heyer's book a few years ago and I didn't like them and the story lost me. So even though I remember the books' title, I can't remember the story at all. That's why I decided not to put them on my shelves. Have just started a new resolution to heyer's books now because I was more mature so I might appreciate them now.

This book read more like fantasy novel than rom
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Janaki Murali
This is one of Georgette Heyer's earlier works and serves as a good study in the development of a writer and her craft.
VMom
Before Rambo, there was Simon, the soldier's soldier, the self-made legend in his own time, hard and unyielding, except to little boys, who can twist him 'round their wee pinkies. He's got no time for love, he thinks, but of course he falls for the first woman who tries to stab him.
As you might guess, this novel was not to my taste. Actually, I had the most problems with the leading lady, who mostly reminded me of a 40's era silver screen star: spit-fire one moment, swooning the next.
I will adm
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Brigitte
I loved this one!Marvellousand witty writing and the plot is brilliant. A hero after my own heart. Funny though to read that Ms Heyer thought it was not good enough to be published again.
Many thanks to her daughter who did it after her death.
Trisha
Jul 22, 2008 Trisha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Georgette Heyer fans and historical fiction fans
I read this book as part of an Historical Fiction Challenge that I have joined.
This book is set in a different era,as compared to her Regency novels.
Around the late 1400's in England and France.
The dialogue between the characters is in Old English but you get used to this as you progress through the story and in fact it makes the story, so cleverly has Heyer written
The story is of Simon the Page, who becomes Simon the Lord, fights for King Henry and wins the heart of Lady Margaret of Belremy.
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Alicia
Jan 06, 2015 Alicia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one in particular--see review
Recommended to Alicia by: No one
Review to come
Jessica
After reading a review on an upcoming Georgette Heyer biography, I found myself interested in this woman's work.

And then I lost the book in the back of my car and forgot to update Goodreads! Quelle horreur!

All I can offer is that this is definitely the grandmother of contemporary chick lit. Authors from Stephanie Meyer and Nicholas Sparks owe her a debt of gratitude for paving the way towards a pile of profits suitable for Scrooge McDuck.
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