Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
Publisher: Lepanto Press
Number of pages: 328
Here is a fine old tale of brave deeds and
knightly adventure in the time of Henry IV. In our
imaginations we are transported to the days of great,
turreted, fortress-like castles; elaborate and prolonged
festivities and pageantry; thrilling tournaments; quests of
This story of high adventure is set in
those Medieval days of 1400. Myles Falworth, the boy hero,
sets out to clear the good name of his father, Lord Reginald
Falworth, falsely accused of attempting to overthrow the new
king, Henry IV.
- This book abounds in vivid descriptions, containing a
great many highly dramatic scenes, which give a clear
portrayal of the rise to knighthood in Medieval England.
- Depicts the toil involved to reach the attainment of
knighthood by the acquiring of a virtuous heart, gallant and
- Many examples are given by the main character throughout
the story of perseverance, patience and the acquisition of
humility obtained by several grinding lessons encountered
with the opposition.
- The variety of temperaments met up with by way of this
narrative is striking and presents the reader with many
valuable examples of the relationships, which provide
instruction in the attainment of virtue.
Nothing scandalous is related in this book.
There is no objectionable language.
In this story of the Middle Ages the
students will enjoy the Old English expressions that were used
then which opens a better understanding of the scope and
possibilities of our language today.
The aim of this book is to implant and keep
especially in the minds of youth today the best that there is,
from the standpoint of ethics, in the code of honor observed
by the knights.
As an in-class literature work it is an
ideal tool for the teacher in relating to the students the
purpose the Church played in the gallantry of knighthood.