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Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  112 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The immortal legacy of Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Cimmerian, continues with this latest compendium of Howard’s fiction and poetry. These adventures, set in medieval-era Europe and the Near East, are among the most gripping Howard ever wrote, full of pageantry, romance, and battle scenes worthy of Tolstoy himself. Most of all, they feature some of Howard’s most ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2011)
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The historical fiction stories was written later in Howard's short career maybe thats why i find it to be among his best,mature writing. This collection has all the historical stories in Lord of Samarcand collection plus the 2 Dark Agnes stories,Spears of Clontarf story about The Battle of Clontarf. He made a great epic story of that battle and his gaelic blood made the historical heroes of that battle shine.

Sword Woman,Blades for France are the two completed stories for Dark Agnes de Chastillon
Joshua Simon
Apr 20, 2012 Joshua Simon rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 out of 5 stars.

It pains me to give any Howard work such a low rating as I'm a huge fan of his and his work has had a big impact on my writing and reading experiences. However, this just isn't a strong collection. Many of the stories I had to drudge my way through or honestly skip all together.

Howard's description/prose is as top notch as ever but most of the plots make little sense and there isn't much tension to pull the reader into the story. Worst of all, the characterization that makes
Timothy Boyd
Feb 12, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
A fantastic collection of Robert E. Howard's historical fiction. These unedited and unabridged stories appear just as Howard wrote them back in the pulp era. Fast paced action is always a mark of a Howard story, and these are no exception. Highly recommended
Benjamin Thomas
This is a collection of 18 of Howard's short stories/novellas, most of which were published in the early 1930's although several of them not until after his untimely death. Unlike most of his better known works such as Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, etc., these stories are all historically based adventure stories. Lots of swashbuckling adventure here but no magic or supernatural elements. They were largely written towards the end of Howard's career and so we are treated to more refined writing than ...more
Althea Ann
Jun 02, 2011 Althea Ann rated it liked it
Recommended for Howard completists.
This is an interesting book, but there's a reason Howard was more known for his fantasy than his historical adventures. Well, not that these stories aren't really fantasy - they're all about Howard's personal fantasy of manly warriors doing military things. But magic & monsters really jazz up his work.
The title story here is by far the best, followed by the other bits where the female warrior Dark Agnes makes an appearance. Too many of the other stories, wh
Apr 09, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
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This was a fun collection of historical adventures. Howard clearly loved ancient and medieval battle techniques, and that was less exciting for me, but the cocky/noble characters and cultural details made for good subway reading. A bit old-fashioned in style - no complex emotion from characters, and some repetitive descriptive phrases - which tended to blend different stories together in my head. But the details from the Crusades, ancient Irish history, medieval French intrigue kept each part fe ...more
May 01, 2016 ColinJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding collection based around one of my favourite Howard tales, SWORD WOMAN.

The two 'Dark Agnes' tales Howard completed prove that he had a real talent for writing heroic female characters. Sadly the market at the time wasn't really interested in them, which is why he wrote so few.
Marcus Pailing
Apr 24, 2012 Marcus Pailing rated it liked it
Some great stories, some not so great. Also some interesting drafts and unfinished snippets. It's a shame that REH didn't live long enough, and never had a large enough market, to write and sell more of his historical adventures, because the great ones are superb!
Jan 13, 2016 Puppy rated it it was amazing
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Full of REH historical fiction tales.
The action and excitement is fast and furious as ever.
The story with Dark Agnes was the inspiration for the famous Red Sonja.
Ray Thompson
Jun 18, 2012 Ray Thompson rated it really liked it
A good collection of Robert E. Howard's historical fiction. some amazing characters throughout the collection.
Tom Winkelspecht Jr
Mar 23, 2016 Tom Winkelspecht Jr rated it liked it
Best for the inclusion of the Dark Agnes tales, there's a lot in here that was reworked into Conan plots or recycle from them.
Jun 11, 2011 Jack rated it it was amazing
More Robert E. Howard - a master of storytelling - - mostly tales from medieval-era Europe and the near East.
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Yet another solid omnibus. I hadn't read many of these before, so it was a good read.
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Robert Ervin Howard was an American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."

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