Simon the Coldheart by

8 August 2007

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ISBN: 0330258303
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Image of Simon the ColdheartAccording to the introduction to this by Heyer’s son this novel was one of the 5 or 6 that Heyer wished never to be printed again. But her son didn’t think it was all that bad, so she republished it. It tells the story of Simon, the illegitimate son of Geoffrey of Malvallet, as he makes his way in the world. He enters the service of Malvallet’s enemy, Fulk of Montlice, as it is said that Montlice is the harder man. And Simon is never one to take the easy route.

Everything he sets out to do he accomplishes. Along the way coming to the king’s attention, gaining a title for himself, and making friends with his half-brother, Geoffrey. But he also gains the nickname, the Coldheart, as he is unfeeling and logical. Stern, but fair. Although children do manage to worm their way into his affections, but never a woman. Not until he goes to France and meets the Lady Margaret, “spitfire of Belremy”. The results are, of course, predictable. This is a romance after all.

It isn’t a terrible book, not by a long stretch, but in comparison to some of the other Heyer’s I’ve read I can see why the author wasn’t as fond of it. The characters are quite flat; there is little of the sparkle that other books have. But still, it is readable and entertaining, just not as good as her others.

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3 Responses

  1. Harlequin says:

    Didn't think Heyer had a daughter – thought she just had the one son.

    Didn't like Simon the Coldheart all that much, but that's mainly because I prefer the later periods she writes about. One of Simon's descendants turns up in one of her later pointy-beard-and-hose novels, Beauvallet.


    How's the form, Fencicles? Hope you enjoy the Horse Show, foot and mouth prevention and all. Wish I was going but damn, I don't have a penny to bless myself with between the hen and the weddin so probably just as well!! Call you soon. BTW, how's your availability for the weddin??

  2. Fence says:

    No, you are right, it was her son. It is just initials and I did a quick google and read daughter somewhere, but obviously that wasn't referring to Heyer. Edited now.

    Available for the wedding. Am taking the next two weeks off work, so plenty of time for meandering about the shop.

  3. Harlequin says:

    Wasn't actually correcting you, thought maybe she did have a daughter who wasn't mentioned much. But it turns out I was right so mwa ha ha ha!

    The whole two weeks off work thing sounds like fun – also means I can make sense of your earlier text now!! De plan is going up to de weddin in the copper-copper's car on the Wednesday. If that doesn't suit, other shit can be worked out. :-)

    PS copper's 'avin tests in hospital out foreign at mo – she's bored as hell but fine. Accessible on both her mobiles apparently!!