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Men of Iron

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,674 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
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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Jun 11, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2012 Curtiss rated it really liked it
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
Jun 14, 2013 ladydusk rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
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
Nov 16, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Beach
Jul 09, 2013 John Beach rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
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
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
Jan 05, 2011 Sylvester rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, classic
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.
Sep 12, 2012 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: podcast, listened-to
It is always nice to read/listen to an young reader's book once in a while. I love stories of pages and knights. Fiction or nonfiction. A nice book which to return to earlier years.
Jack Massa
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 really liked it  ·  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
Will O'kelley
Good book-recommended to me by a friend. Loved some things about it--the comradery of the protagonist and his best friend, as well as his (the protagonist's) determination and honesty. However, I felt the story was just a bit too predictable. Geared to a younger audience perhaps. I wasn't looking for something gritty, but there was very little in the story that caught me unprepared, and the author didn't hesitate to summarize large portions of the main characters life. It felt simplistic. Thus, ...more
Gwen Burrow
Jul 21, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Apr 10, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
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
Dec 10, 2009 James Gordon rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-novels
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
J. Aleksandr Wootton
Feb 05, 2014 J. Aleksandr Wootton rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-reads
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.
Brian O'neal
An enjoyable, quick read aloud to young sons. This isn't comparable to the modern fare that a boy between 8 and 15 would pick up and read on his own, but it works well if you are reading it to your son (or sons) as I did. The story line is exciting, it is fast-paced, and it includes a number of timeless lessons related to chivalry, honesty, perseverance, and honor. Fair warning - you will have to "translate" most of the dialog when reading aloud to modern ears.
Jul 25, 2013 Callsign222 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
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Men of Iron is a swash-buckling tale of 13th Century knights. The title refers to their armor, but also to the molding of the character of our hero, Myles. Richard II has been deposed and King Henry IV is enthroned. Conspirators against Henry have been killed. Myles' father had been a faithful counselor to King Richard, but had no part in the conspiracies against the new king. Nevertheless he is branded a traitor and loses his position and his lands. Myles spends his life seeking to regain his f ...more
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 Pam Bales rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I read this in hardback when I was young, probably in hardback, but I now have it on my Kindle. I recommend it to all historical fiction fans, but it might be a tough read since it was first published in 1891. I really enjoy Black Shield of Falworth starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh which is the movie version. My sixth graders enjoyed the movie was well.
Jan 03, 2015 Kathie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins in the 1400's with Myles Falworth as a lad around age 14. His father, once a lord, has been blinded by an injury, disgraced, stripped of his title and land, and is in hiding. Myles is a strong young boy who learns much about sword fighting and the like and then is sent away to hone his skills, train as a knight, and to serve the king. He learns well and is eventually knighted and has a chance to redeem his father's honor. A book of historical fiction young boys will enjoy.
Jul 11, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
We enjoyed this book a lot and looked forward to the antics of Miles and his friends. But it is written in old English so reading it aloud to the kids let me help adjust some parts or explain what they meant to the kids. Not sure a younger child would pick this up and read it on their own.
Robert Beatty
Nov 29, 2014 Robert Beatty rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of all time. I read this when I was a little kid and it was one of the main things that made me want to be a writer. When I read it now, it just seems like a normal medieval adventure story, which it is, but it made a big impact on me when I was a kid.
Mar 10, 2015 Tess rated it liked it
This quaint little novel, published in the late 1800's, was surprisingly enjoyable. Luckily the audiobook helped animate all the thees and thous, else the dialogue might have been cumbersome to wade through. But underneath the old-fashioned prose is a lovely little coming-of-age story, complete with political intrigue, bloody combat and romance.
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
Alayna Mitchell
Mar 14, 2016 Alayna Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
I loved this book. The Main Character was superbly written, and the plot was great. I can't even remember how many times I've re-read this book. It's been one of my favorite medieval novels for years
Ben Moore
Jan 05, 2015 Ben Moore rated it it was amazing
A medieval coming of age tale. A young boy's father had fallen from grace with the king of England. He sends his son to a friend's castle where the boy becomes a knight and is given the chance to restore honor to his father's house.
Anders Korn
Nov 22, 2015 Anders Korn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and exciting read

I would recommend this book to any fan of Harry Potter. Just replace wizards with Knights. Four more words required.
Nov 17, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
My dad used to read me this book when I was younger and I love it just as much as an adult. It is a sweet, romantic story filled with courage and honor. I love to see the main character grow and develop through the course of this book. This book leaves me with a smile on my face.
Jonathan Ling
Apr 07, 2016 Jonathan Ling rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel about a young man's adventures through his childhood and as a knight. The author's use of Old English gave a realistic sense of the time period.
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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
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