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Men of Iron

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1891. Illustrated by the author. Pyle is best known for the children's books that he wrote and illustrated. It is from his famous Book of Pirates that our present-day concept of pirates has come. School children still read his Men of Iron, The Story of King Arthur and his Knights, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, and many other tales. In Men of Iron young Myles Falworth...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1891)
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This is the the coming of age story of Myles Falworth, the son of a nobleman who supported the wrong king, making the new King Henry IV royally annoyed and sending the family into hiding until Myles grew up enough to become a squire and then a knight, and then a seasoned warrior who could challenge the family's chief enemy, the Earl of Alban. Myles supporters includes Henry IV's son, Prince Hal, with a brief digression into the disagreements of father and son from an interesting perspective. Alo...more
Own as Audio CD read by Jim Weiss. I hope to change to the correct edition soon ...

We listened to Men of Iron on a long trip. We enjoyed the story; the exploits and doings of Myles Falworth were exciting. His maturation throughout the book was well done - from foolish boy to brave, wise knight. His foolish misunderstandings were brought on, at least partially, from the lack of information the adults in his life gave him. Yet, the revelations of friendship, enemy, and history all moved the plot a...more
This classic novel of knights in shining armour, British Kings, and jousting is really great literature. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could. Don't get me wrong, this is isn't a thrill a minute. It is actually quite slow and methodical. But, I learned a lot about how people became knights and what they were required to do, and I enjoyed a coming-of-age adventure story at the same time.

Myles Falworth is a boy of 16 when he is sent to a nearby castle learn how to become a knight. I didn't like him...more
John Beach
This is a wonderful "Boys' Book."

I read it decades ago, and it still appeals to this 50-year-old boy, perhaps because it makes me first like that young lad I was in the early 1970s. That is it's greatest strength, I feel; it captures and romanticizes knighthood in the time of King Henry IV for impressionable boys of all ages. There are clear cut villains and characters of nobel heart. Certainly meant for young adults, it is a coming-of-age story, and did, not doubt, help to shape the man I event...more
Michael Jones
You have to like reading books in King James English to like this. If you do, it's a lot of fun. Available on librivox but with many different readers. That can be good as you hear different people struggle with the Elizabethan prose.

This book definitely picks up on how young people were shaped in the code of chivalry and honor that existed at the time. But God created Myles As someone who had this intense sense of honor right in his bones. Honor on steroids (pardon the humorous analogy). As a C...more
Knights and squires, tournaments and jousting - Pyle handles his subject with ease, adding authenticity with his use of Old English words and phrases. I especially appreciate the skill with which he paces the story, unhurried, taking time to build the tale, and never overdoing the description. He makes it look easy.
Enjoyable YA adventure, set at the height of the age of chivalry, but written with the stong moral force (and occasional moralizing) of the Victorian era.
Clare Farrelly
Aug 20, 2014 Clare Farrelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Boys particularly but girls too
This book is a coming of age book in the time of squires, knights and Lords and jousting. I really enjoyed it and I am sure that most boys will really enjoy it too. The character of Miles is pleasing, (I'd vouch for him any day)he is so chivalrous, courageous, hard working, humble, skilled, polite, ambitious, and fights for what he thinks is right. The book is descriptive but not overly so (most of the time)Making it real to the imagination. It is amusing to hear of all Miles boyish escapades, a...more
Gwen Burrow
Lovely, predictable, knightly stuff.
Daniel Shellenbarger
Men of Iron is a historical fiction novel set in the middle period of the Hundred Years War (during the reign of Henry IV) and follows the early life of Myles Falworth. Myles has the misfortune to be the son of a close confidant of King Richard II and as such, when Henry IV came to power, his father's enemy, the future Earl of Alban didn't have to work hard to get him branded an outlaw and traitor and have his lands seized. With this setback, Myles is forced onto the hard track to knighthood in...more
Myles Falworth and his family have been exiled since he was a child, so he was raised in a small town rather than the castle of his birth. At sixteen, he is sent to the household of the Earl of Mackworth to serve as a squire. There he is taught the knightly arts and gets into more than his fair share of boyish scrapes and battles. It is only when he is grown to full manhood that he is told the truth of his father's banishment and outlawry. He learns that his family has a powerful enemy and that...more
James Gordon
After his family is forced to leave their home, Myles Falworth is sent to live with Earl Mackworth. He proves himself to be a leader as he continually leads the other squires in revolts against the bachelors who demand service from them. Mackworth takes a special interest in young Myles, providing him with all the training needed to become a knight. Through his adventures and follies, Myles grows into a courageous young man who is not afraid to stand up to even the best knight. When he learns he...more
This novel was the basis of the Hollywood movie, "The Black Shield of Falworth," starring Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh. It depicts the struggle of young Myles Falworth to learn the truth about his family's disgrace in mediaeval England during the reign of Henry IV, and his training as first a squire and later as a knight to prepare him to avenge his father's honor and restore the family name of Falworth on the roster of English chivalry.

The movie version heightens the story's drama by adding a s...more
J. Aleksandr Wootton
I absolutely loved this medieval adventure novel (calling it historical fiction would be a stretch...) when I was younger. Pyle puts his protagonist in the position of needing to grow up and become a knight in order to recover his family's honor by challenging and killing his father's accuser, the king's favorite champion, so there's some political intrigue going on, but by and large this a "what would it be like to grow up with knighthood as your goal in medieval England" story. Great fun.
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It has been a few years since I first read Men of Iron. It is long overdue for a review. Reading it the second time around was just as pleasant as the first experience. Author Howard Pyle writes in a descriptive, authentic way that makes the readers feel and live the time of Myles Falworth, a young and ambitious knight of the Middle Ages. The story is full of adventure, friendship, growing up, romance (the kind that makes you sigh and wish knights still existed!) and honor. It is a great read fo...more
I read this book as a boy and loved it. In reading it again, I realized just how much this book must have informed my sense of chivalry and desire to do right in the face of opposition. The moral lessons woven through the story are in plain sight to me now; that they are so readily apparent is charming to me, not at all annoying.

The story is engaging despite being rather straightforward, the language is fun, and I particularly enjoyed the contrast of the young hero's wholesome simplicity with th...more
This is a really old book that was published in 1891. It was published by Harper and Brothers Publishers before it became Harper Collins Publishers. It is in Elizabethan English and takes place in the 1400s. It has been pretty good so far, a little hard to follow at some parts. This is about a boy called Myles Falworth. He becomes a squire at a place called Devlen. He finds out that his father's friend, the Earl at the castle, is trying to kill him. But Myles is restrained, by the night who's su...more
Hannah Kirkhart
I enjoyed the characters, plot, and writing style of this book. I like it when authors put in lots of details that perhaps don't necessarily add to the story, but add to the historical setting. Pyle does this often whether he is explaining the castle's structure or the elements of a joust. It may be too much for some people, but it was perfect for me. The main character Myles Falworth is the hero with many great qualities, but he doesn't feel artificially good. He makes mistakes and learns a lot...more
A favorite from my childhood, Howard Pyle's work holds up pretty well under re-reading.
Sep 27, 2007 Imelda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: romance
Reading this book, make my old book list change. Published in 1968, 17 years before I was born, and it has rank 1 in my old book list.

The words written in this book is very old-fashioned. I even can't find several words in my Oxford dictionary. I feel like back to year 1400, where there were lots of knights in shining armor, guiding a king. And the lady wear gown so beautifully, and had to keep their manner in front of gentlemen.

I haven't found yet the phrase that I like, because I haven't finis...more
Apr 26, 2014 Sara marked it as to-read
Listening to this as we travel. Quintessentially Howard Pyle. Engaging and fascinating.
My husband and I read this book together. It was a public domain ebook. I had never read a Howard Pyle book before. He has a distinct style that you don't see much these days. The plot was average and the characters were ok. There were several times that we were driven to know what would happen, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to read another of his books again.
Serenity Kosorok
You know, all that I can really say to this book is "Oh. My. Gosh." This such a good book. I recomend it to 7th or 6th graders, or from then up. It is awesome. I read it in 6th grade, and it totally changed my perspective on life. I started seeing things in a clearer way, and was able to stand up to suffering easier. This is a great book, and I highly recomend it.
Slow to get to any particular point, but interesting enough in getting there. Praised a manhood founded on the laws of chivalry, but also raised up pride to the level of a virtue. The villans were utter dogs, and the hero could be beaten down, but could never lose. The only mentions of Christianity were of a Romish bend, sliding by the end into prayers to Mary.
A good read! I was pleasantly surprised because it was written over a hundred years ago. In the older books often the style is hard to read. Not so here. The author masterfully takes the reader through the hero'spassages of life. The grammar and punctuation were good. There were not so many editing marks so as to make the book hard to read.
This book was about a boy who has to train to become a knight to restore his family's name. A knight killed many people in the castle Myles' family lives. He goes to a different castle and trains for three years before he defeats his mortal enemy. I thought the book had too much detail sometimes and it got really boring to read.
I like this book quite a bit. It's not as great as Pyle's Robin Hood (the best!) or his fantastic Book of Pirates, but still good fun. A young lad comes of age in the 14th century, becoming a great knight along the way. Includes some fine plates with Pyle's illustrations, black-and-white except for the frontispiece.
Michelle Polk
My children,ages 14, 10, and 8 really enjoyed this book. The main character,Myles, gets into all kinds of mischief. He makes the book fun. We used this book at the end of a homeschool Middle Ages unit study. I wish we would have used it in the beginning. This book, in my opinion, is the best by Howard Pyle.
I read 'Robin Hood' years ago, so thought I'd try downloading this other story by Pyle onto my MP3 player. I kept thinking that I was listening to a Henty book (yes, its that good). Now I want to investigate his other works, like, 'Otto of the Silver Hand,' 'Stolen Treasure,' or 'The Ruby of Kishmoor.'
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Howard Pyle was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.

During 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration named the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists an...more
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