The King's General

The King's General

Book - 2004
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Inspired by a grisly discovery in the nineteenth century, The King's General was the first of du Maurier's novels to be written at Menabilly, the model for Manderley in Rebecca .

Set in the seventeenth century, it tells the story of a country and a family riven by civil war, and features one of fiction's most original heroines. Honor Harris is only eighteen when she first meets Richard Grenvile, proud, reckless - and utterly captivating. But following a riding accident, Honor must reconcile herself to a life alone.
As Richard rises through the ranks of the army, marries and makes enemies, Honor remains true to him, and finally discovers the secret of Menabilly.

Publisher: London : Virago, 2004
ISBN: 9781844080892
Branch Call Number: F Dum


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Mar 25, 2015

Prior to the English Civil War, Honor falls in love with Sir Richard Grenville, 26 to her 16. They dally unseen in the fruit trees, and he tells her to come to him if she needs him. Two years later, when her family wants to force her to marry someone she hates on first sight, she runs to him. While he's not expecting this, he takes advantage of it, and beds her. With a houseful of guests, he's honor bound to marry her, in spite of his womanizing reputation, to keep hers. While her family isn't happy, his charm wins them over. The day before the wedding, she is badly injured in a hunting accident that Richard's sister could have prevented. Honor's pride sends him away, and for 15 yrs she learns to live with paralysis, physical pain, and without the man she still loves. When Civil War comes to Cornwall, she's living alone, with her faithful servant, but her brothers insist she join them. Richard finds her there, when as King's General of the West, sent to raise the siege of nearby Plymouth. She doesn't want to see him, but soon they vow undying love, though she refuses to marry him. He comes to see her when he can, and he brings what supplies he can, for this is the starving time. Parliament soldiers are billeted at their house, goods and all animals are used up. He escapes, barely, and goes to Holland. Honor manages to get his son, of whom she's grown fond, away. She knows she'll never see him again, and by the end of the book, she and her unmarried brother are living together on their unspoken memories. Full of action and sadness.


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