Heyer wrote The Masqueraders, a cross-dressing gender romance with plenty of sword duels, while living in Africa with her then-engineer. Georgette Heyer wrote a very large number of novels. To those who haven’t read them, and simply judge them by their covers, from all their. Inquiring readers: I have no doubt you shall enjoy this review of Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders by my good friend, Lady Anne, an expert.

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The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer – FictionDB

Then Prudence meets the elegant Sir Anthony Fanshawe, and Robin becomes the mysterious hero of the charming Letitia Grayson, and in order to have what they truly want, the two mzsqueraders must find a way to unmask themselves without losing their lives? I ,asqueraders that Prue and Robin’s cross-dressing adventure is presented in a way that’s believable by the other characters and by the reader.

One thing that particularly appeals to me in this book is the matter-of fact self-reliance, heyfr courage of the female protagonist. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer’s greatest asset. I love Sir Anthony of the sleepy eyes that see all. This novel looks interesting and I look hyeer to reading it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Thus the narrator is presented with rather a difficult task. There is a murder, in cold blood.

I think that I was immediately charmed by Peter and completely hooked when Peter became Prue. There are three leading characters in this novel: I loved it when it started with a pair of siblings chatting about whether they should rescue the young, eloping heiress in the next room from a drunken suitor. Plus, once Dad shows up, every scene can be summarized like I love this book so much. Pru and Tony have more foundation as a couple, but their relationship also falls into the trap that so masquefaders ‘competent women’ romances do.


I really didn’t se that coming.

Oh, such a well-written overview! Books by Georgette Heyer. In she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers.

Gender performativity at its best: Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders

Return to Book Page. They are to meet their eccentric and larger-than-life father, who they call “the Old Gentleman”, with whom they have been living a chancy and peripatetic existence on the European continent since birth, despite their English nationality. His interest was a dimwitted, damsel in distress and their courtship palled in comparison to the slow burning, banter filled friendship and then romantic attachment of Pru and Anthony. Prudence and Robin have had to change their identities because of their father’s involvement in the Jacobite Rebellion.

If you enjoy overthinking light and fluffy romances then this is one that would really reward being viewed through the gender studies lense.

Gender performativity at its best: Georgette Heyer’s The Masqueraders – Kate Macdonald

Read it because it is independently wonderful, not because you see the name of “Heyer. Pride and Prejudice Economics: View all 3 comments. Such an occurrence had not been anticipated, and they wonder what had given her away:. While Prudence is brave, cautious, and daring, Letitia mzsqueraders a bit of a caricature, uber-feminine, with lots of sighs, whispers and dainty behaviour. She was down-to-earth, brave, courageous, generous, playing along with the masquerade in an honourable way and never betraying fear.

Since Prudence is tall for a lady and on the thin side she takes on the identity of Mr. As the Old Gentleman expects, Markham threatens Letitia with the letter and induces her to run away with him again.

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I don’t know, but I do know that this book is full of surprises, is beautifully written and is like a warm hug and a cup of frothy hot chocolate. Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin as a lovely young lady. She particularly enjoys discovering 19th century classics and immersing herself in long historical fiction novels, but also reads other genres too.


I can see why, as it’s a really fun, exciting, pacy but undemanding read. Suddenly, the sibling’s Father shows up claiming to be the long-lost Viscount and they are plunged once more into the maze of their Father’s weaving At the same time, you have this really interesting character in Prudence, who has had to masquerade as a boy or young man so often in life that she’s EXTREMELY self-sufficient for a lady of that time, and the book actually deals with that issue, although I don’t think it completely comes to grips with the tension between Prudence’s independence and her love interest’s desire to protect her and take care of things for her.

I found the plot of The Masqueraders on the implausible and contrived side; too much of it revolved around the machinations of Prudence and Robin’s father. Click here to read a new chapter of Irresistible Attraction each week, and follow the story of Amanda Sinclair and James Cavendish, the Earl of Downsley.

What a wealth of historical detail she garnered! Pru goes for a sort of stoical masculinity. But once committed to their masquerade, they must see it through. It sounds like it heyerr worth it in the end. Accompanied by his sister Prudence, disguised as a man, “Mr.

This is a very early example of Ms Heyer’s writing, and I didn’t really like the formal and old-fashioned flavour of the writing itself. Goergette a little earlier than most of Heyer’s stories, this is a concoction of duels and hidden identities, and the two children of a long-time confidence trickster very similar to the rogue in The Foundlingexcept this time not an antagonist.