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The Great Roxhythe

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  223 Ratings  ·  21 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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Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Laura Hartness
Mar 31, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
NOTE: As of yet I haven't read this title. This is merely a comment on the book copy itself (ISBN 9788087830598). The internal information says it was published in 2014 by "Important Books." Yet the CPSC Tracking Label Number on the last page indicates a publication date of January 29, 2015 in Breinigsville, PA. The cover art is incredibly low resolution, making the images on the front and back out of focus and pixellated. There is no summary or author information on the back. The pages of text ...more
Sylvia Kelso
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Ann Herendeen
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-recently
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
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Margaret Sullivan
“It is probably the worst book Georgette Heyer ever wrote.” – Jane Aiken Hodge

Have you ever read a book and it was kind of awful, but you kept reading it because it had to get better? And then it never does?

It pains me to say that about The Great Roxhythe. It pains me to say that about any of Georgette Heyer’s novels. She is a favorite, as the Marquis of Roxhythe himself was a favorite of Charles II, and one does not like to think ill of one’s favorite; but I suppose that every author–even a fav
Shan Morgain
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
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
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got the print on demand version at Amazon and as a physical object, this book is agonizingly terrible.

However, I do not regret the purchase. I love Heyer and I couldn't afford the used copies of the original publications because they are so rare. Apparently Heyer did not like the novel and did not encourage its republication. As a result it did not proliferate.

The novel is about political intrigue in Charles II's restoration court. I am not a fan of political intrigue, so I didn't enjoy it a
Jack Bates
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Heyer wouldn't let this be re-published in her lifetime, and it's hard to get hold of. My mum bought a facsimile of the US edition, very annoyingly bound with a Regency cover which I found irritating. It's set in the 17th century, at the court of Charles II. It is a bit odd, as there's no 'romance' just 'intrigue', but as someone else said in a review, you can see various Heyer 'heros' in Roxhythe, most clearly probably Tracy from The Black Moth and the (fabulous) Duke of Avon from These Old Sha ...more
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Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

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