The Great Roxhythe

The Great Roxhythe

Book Title: The Great Roxhythe

Author: Georgette Heyer

Format: Paperback | 428 pages

Publication Date: 01 Feb 2017

ISBN-13: 9781684220670

2017 Reprint of 1926 First Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Heyer essentially established the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romances. Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. To ensure accuracy, Heyer collected reference works and kept detailed notes on all aspects of Regency life. While some critics thought the novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset. Her meticulous nature was also evident in her historical novels; Heyer even recreated William the Conqueror's crossing into England for her novel "The Conqueror." In "The Great Roxhythe" Charles II is in need of some ready cash, and since Parliament refuses to bankroll his excesses, he turns to assorted foreign powers for financial aid. Acting as intermediary in these delicate, secret negotiations is the seemingly indolent Lord Roxhythe, a Royal favorite who will need every ounce of cunning at his disposal to get the job done. This is her second novel and exceedingly hard to find in original printings.