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Men of Iron

Howard Pyle

Book Overview: 

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle is historical fiction that transports us back to the 1400’s, a time of knighthood and chivalry. Myles Falworth is eight years old when news comes they must flee their home. His blind father is accused of treason. We see Myles grow up, train as a knight, and with perseverance, clear his father of any wrong-doing and restore their family name.

Recommended for fans of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .From the time he had arisen that morning everything had gone wrong with Myles. He had felt himself already outrated in rendering service to the bachelors, he had quarrelled with the head of the esquires, he had nearly quarrelled with Gascoyne, and then had come the bitterest and worst of all, the knowledge that his father was an outlaw, and that the Earl would not stretch out a hand to aid him or to give him any countenance. Blunt's words brought the last bitter cut to his heart, and they stung him to fury. For a while he could not answer, but stood glaring with a face fairly convulsed with passion at the young man, who continued his toilet, unconscious of the wrath of the new recruit.

Gascoyne and Wilkes, accepting Myles's punishment as a thing of course, were about to leave the dormitory when Myles checked them.

"Stop, Francis!" he cried, hoarsely. "Thinkest thou that I will stay behind to do yon dog's dirty work? No; I go with ye."

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Community Reviews

Good coming of age story. Wouldn’t mind if my son read this one day. Lots of qualities portrayed in good ways; friendship, honesty, chivalry, how to treat ladies with respect, fighting for what’s right, triumph over evil, etc. I listened to the audiobook and Robert Whitfield does an excellent job na

Absolutely amazing! Five stars! I loved the plot and the valiancy of the knights. Pyle uses such elaborate descriptions for each of his characters. It was such an amazing story.

Oh man, Howard Pyle is converting me to love medieval stories. Out of the three I've read so far (Robin Hood, Otto of the Silver Hand, and Men of Iron), Men of Iron is solidly my favorite. This is a story of a boy becoming a man, of honor and revenge, wisdom and folly, romantic love, faithfulness, l

This is the the coming of age story of Myles Falworth, the son of a nobleman who supported the wrong king, making the new King Henry IV royally annoyed and sending the family into hiding until Myles grew up enough to become a squire and then a knight, and then a seasoned warrior who could challenge

This novel was the basis of the Hollywood movie, "The Black Shield of Falworth," starring Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh. It depicts the struggle of young Myles Falworth to learn the truth about his family's disgrace in mediaeval England during the reign of Henry IV, and his training as first a squire

A knight's tale

This was a very straightforward story of a boy becoming a successful knight and doing great deeds. It is fun, historical, and easy to read. I enjoyed it even though it was not very complicated in character development or plot.

Men Of Iron, Howard Pyle

Wow, what a great little book! It centers around a young man, Myles Falworth, who is unwittingly caught up in the political intrigue during the transition from King Richard II to King Henry the IV. The new king follows the tradition of taking out the colleagues of his predece

Ehh. I liked it, but didn't love it - too much thee-ing and thou-ing for my taste, plus it was written in the early 1900s style of Old English. (Did they really talk like that, or is that just what early twentieth century authors thought they talked like?)

I used to love Robin Hood by the same

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