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Simon the Coldheart

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Simon Beauvallet has always known his own mind, and friend and foe alike know never 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 in generalship – until his legendary prowess is balked by a woman. In Normandy, the icy rage of Simon the Coldheart must...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 23rd 2006 by Arrow (first published 1925)
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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
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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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....more
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.
Marjorie Thelen
I'm a Georgette Heyer fan and found this book recently at a yard sale. In the forward her daughter explained that this was not one of her mother's favorite books. Yet, for being written in Heyer's twenties, it is amazing. She has the talk, dress and manners of the 1400s in incredible detail. The heroine doesn't enter the picture until the middle of the book, not something found in today's romances. It is worth the read, especially of you are a Georgette Heyer fan.
Really not my usual time period. It was very interesting. The wording of course for medieval times was a bit more challenging for me to comprehend as well as I'd like to, but it had me spellbound. Once I started I had a really hard time putting it down. There of course were many battles which the usual Heyer romance typically doesn't have but that goes with the time period. The many different characters were well rounded and had good development.
This is one of Heyer's books set in more historical medieval era rather than set in regency times (like the majority of her other books). My mum (a very very devoted Georgette Heyer fan) told me to skip over the first half of the book, because it mostly involves battle scenes and sets up Simon as a ruthless warrior and to just read the last half. I liked the interaction between the main characters in the tense and fiery hostage/capture stage.
Heyer's take on an apparently autistic late medieval hero fighting with Henry V who doesn't really care much about anyone until he meets his match in a militant Frenchwoman. The edition I read has a note from Heyer's son saying that she didn't care much for the book and it didn't deserve to be reprinted. That is probably true, but although the story is the pits, the style, which has a sort of Malory-esque vibe, is interesting.
I quite enjoyed the story but found the cod-mediaeval English irritating with all its thees, thous and thys and "I need naught"s. And we are supposed to find the heroine admirable but she starts her role in the story with an act of inexcusable treachery. But it is an early exploratory work of Heyer's and there are hints of the excellent, entertaining novelist that she was to become.
Barbara Brien
Jun 26, 2011 Barbara Brien rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heyer fans; historical or fantasy fans who have open minds
Shelves: historical
Reads more like a fantasy novel at the beginning, which was fine by me, since I like fantasy. I liked Simon's character, but the heroine was strictly cardboard cut out. I loved "Beauvallet" so was very anxious to read this book, but this was nothing like the more well known book, since it was set so much earlier. There were a couple of plot points that were similar though.
Reread this one for the first time. And you're thinking that makes no sense..but I reread Heyer all the time and have never reread this one. I liked it so much. I don't know of any other novel of hers that develops the male character so well. Loved it, loved that cold-hearted Simon. Will put it on my 'need to reread' list. Now it's on to These Old Shades.
Just read this again and I think I liked it better the second time! His character is just so great and the storyline is PERFECT for that time period! Georgette...that girl never ceases to amaze me!

PS - went and watched Henry V with Kenneth Branaugh when I was through...SUCH a great movie!

Really enjoyed his character, and that it was written in old english.
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