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The Great Roxhythe

2.88 of 5 stars 2.88  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The book opens in 1668 and closes in 1685, and concerns the misadventures of a fictional spy loyal to Charles II.
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published October 27th 2006 by Amereon House (first published January 1st 1923)
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Georgette Heyer never allowed this book to be republished in her lifetime and, unlike Simon the Coldheart which laboured under a similar ban, it has never been republished after her death either. Because of this I approached The Great Roxhythe with some trepidation.

One obvious reason for this situation is the nature of the relationships between the leading characters. Heyer created a world where men have great depths of loyalty to each other (even if the two main friendships, between Charles II...more
THis is a rare book that Heyer would most likely not give a 5-star rating herself, but the scarcity made it intriguing to me and the relationship that she explores is poignant and the characters are compelling.
I have heard that Heyer refused to allow this book to be reprinted before she died and I can see how it could easily be misread. I do not believe that she intended anything but a pure and respectful relationship between the main character and the Great Roxhythe but there are going to be p...more
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Sylvia Kelso
After listing this for years as Missing from my Heyer bookshelf, I actually read it on Kindle recently. Now I see why Heyer wanted it pulled from the shelves. She is probably somewhere upstairs cursing both her publishers and, ruefully,us her fans, whose ongoing demand for her stuff have pushed this out in the open again.
It's not that it's BAD - it's just the classic Second Book Syndrome, where the writer, like an over-enthusiastic kangaroo dog, starts half a dozen 'roos and tries to chase them...more
This is an interesting book and not only because it is an unusual Georgette Heyer. To me the most interesting (and challenging) aspect of it is its exploration of patriotism and personal ethics. Add a powerful homoerotic culture in aristocratic England of the 17thC, and a successful use of period language, and the book offers a lot.

As always Heyer writes passion well. Roxhythe's devotion to his king, his 'little master' is movingly and even horribly portrayed, for it goes beyond morality. His se...more
Ann Herendeen
The Great Roxhythe (TGR), Georgette Heyer's second published novel, is an astonishing work of historical fiction, with two unconventional love stories at its center. It's a difficult book to review, as issues of writing "quality," by a precocious author writing in a time and place very different from ours, are irrelevant to the book's virtues. Heyer's style--conversational, with dialogue frequently used as exposition--was a familiar and accepted style for fiction in the 1920s and 30s, and there'...more
Ruth Hannah
There are few novels about Charles II/James II era and this novel brought back snippets of history I learnt at school. The first part establishing and developing the characters and the historical part was good. Unfortunately it fell to pieces during the second part which showed more of the same sudden introduction of new characters which had little relevance to the plot. Not her best but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Apr 09, 2013 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Serious Georgette Heyer fans
Shelves: fiction, tbr-list
In later life, Georgette Heyer disavowed this historical novel she wrote early in her career and refused to have it reprinted. While Ms Heyer was correct in thinking The Great Roxhythe is not up to the standard of her other books, it is a fascinating read for the serious Heyer fan, because here are rough templates for characters who appear again and again in her historical romances--for example, the sardonic, cool headed Roxhythe is a draft for many of her later heros. The history of Restoration...more
I remember The Great Roxhythe being stilted and hard to get through because Roxhythe seemed too much an abstract 'great man'. Yet at the same time I found the politics and skullduggery intriguing. Not sure how this would hold up to a re-read because it's oversoaked with pseudo-historical language, but I'm glad to have read and enjoyed it while first glomming on Heyers. Sept/13
This is not like any Heyer I've read. It is all dialogue and very little action. I can see why she wished to suppress this title. Roxhythe is a man who has given his life to his king, Charles II, it is court intrigue and politics. It does offer some insight into the Reformation, but all in all, I'd not recommend to anyone.
When I found this previously undiscovered by me Heyer, I was so excited. However, there was a reason this book is not well-known. It just wasn't up to Heyer's normal standard. I am glad I read it, just to help complete my Heyer collection but it was sadly disappointing.
It took me a while to get a copy of this but it was worth it. In many ways unlike Heyer's other books but I couldn't help but feel that These Old Shades developed out of Roxhythe's character. Anyhow I enjoyed this and cried at the end, just like I was meant to...
It's a very early book and not nearly as good as her others, but it still held my interest. It was about the plots King Charles II used to keep in power during the Restoration and all the political maneuvering that went on.
Jan (the Gryphon)
This was not an historical romance. If anything, the romance is mostly a one-sided love affair between Roxhythe and Charles II of England.
It was okay. I didn't hate it. Wouldn't have become a Heyer fan if it was the first one her books I read.
I have now read all of Heyer's historical fiction novels...
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