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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This novel is among my personal favourites, although it is not as much popular among Heyerites.

The reader could hardly respect a love interest who wasn’t entirely in command of the situation. I can swallow the idea of a male with a smooth enough chest to wear the low cut dresses of the mid eighteenth century, because my own son at 24 Robin’s probable age has no chest hair.

You will fall in love. I enjoyed this novel despite its flaws and tried not to think about Culloden and all its victims. I like the switching of genders.

The Masqueraders

The main plot device, of switching identities and gendre between brothers is not really new I think Shakespeare was very fond of itbut Heyer makes it seem fresh and the laughs keep coming. Explore the Home Gift Guide. But there is more mystery here, and the return to England in this fantastical make-believe plays into it. One of the best books ever.

Georgette Heyer really shines at capturing the manners and the language affectations of the period. He was completely hilarious with his proud and conceited attitude, but the fact of the matter is that he WAS right!


My second favorite Heyer, another one I’ve reread a few times. And the way they’re portrayed kind of reminded me of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan series which I haven’t read since the ’90s and now want to start again.

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This sounds great too. I want heroines who have the drop on their heroes but love them in spite of it ; heroines who reveal their hands only when they so choose, rather than having it forced by their oh-so-smart hero.

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But if you want clever entertainment The plot, of course, only needs to be believable enough to allow you to go with it, while delivering a steady supply of awkward situations for the protagonists. In many, many re-reads, I still adore the moment of revelation that Peter is Prue, and when Heyyer Anthony lets her know maequeraders knows.

Cheers, LA Like Like. Prudence was the best heroine ever; she wasn’t one of those silly chit who just sit there doing nothing, waiting for a guy to sweep her off her feet like Letitia!

A few months later, as the novel starts, the brother and sister reappear in London, masquerading as someone else and waiting for their father and his next con.

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

I have something very dangerous for you right HERE. I love Sir Anthony of the sleepy eyes that see all. Peter Merriot” and “Miss Kate Merriot” make their way to London to discover the will of their rather enigmatic Father. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Prudence pretending to be a dashing young buck, and Robin as a lovely young lady.


Customers who bought this item also bought. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. To escape exposure as former Jacobites, Robin and his sister Prudence have exchanged identities and assumed new names.

Our heroine is well integrated into her role as a gentleman and her calm, frank nature makes her so endearing. Not masquegaders, this leads to a number of misunderstandings and narrow escapes. A fantastically self-assured conman, whose apperance has me laughing out loud.

We masqueraddrs see that she can fight off maaqueraders thugs with her sword, and tip wine down her coat sleeve rather than get drunk, or be detected. Georgette Heyer is known for her impeccable research and authentic portrayal of the historical periods in which her books are set – politically-incorrect details and all.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Startled by this unaccountable intervention, Prudence begins to wonder if Sir Anthony suspects her masquerade. 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 becomes Peter and Robin his sister Kate. He was conceited, arrogant and a scheming rogue — but he was also hilarious and capable of coming up with such ingenious schemes that maybe his arrogance was justified. The gender-swap is not revealed with perfect clarity.