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Encyclopedia > Monstrous Regiment (novel)
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

31st novel – 7th individual story
Outline
Characters: Polly Perks, Corporal Strappi, Lt. Blouse,
Igorina, Sam Vimes
Locations: Borogravia
Motifs: Folk song (especially "Sweet Polly Oliver"),
Joan of Arc, crossdressing during wartime,
the Napoleonic Wars, World War I, feminism
Publication details
Year of release: 2003
Original publisher: Doubleday
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-385-60340-1
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-14941-1
Other details
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Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. It takes its name from the anti-Catholic 16th century tract by John Knox, the full title of which is The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... Image File history File links Monstrous_regiment. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... The Igors are a recurring set of characters in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ... This article can be confusing for some readers, and needs to be edited for clarity. ... Borogravia is a fictional country in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... Sweet Polly Oliver is an English folk song, dating from at least 1840. ... For other uses, see Joan of Arc (disambiguation). ... Many people have engaged in crossdressing during wartime under various circumstances and for various motives. ... Combatants Austria[a] Portugal Prussia[a] Russia[b] Sicily[c] Sardinia  Spain[d]  Sweden[e] United Kingdom French Empire Holland[f] Italy Etruria[g] Naples[h] Duchy of Warsaw[i] Confederation of the Rhine[j] Bavaria Saxony Westphalia Württemberg Denmark-Norway[k] Commanders Archduke Charles Prince Schwarzenberg Karl Mack... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Feminists redirects here. ... It has been suggested that The Crime Club be merged into this article or section. ... Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... For other persons named John Knox, see John Knox (disambiguation). ... Monstrous regiment, or monstrous regiment of women are phrases which have become notorious; they are borrowed from the title of a work by the Scot John Knox, published in 1558, The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. ...


The cover illustration of the British edition, by Paul Kidby, is a parody of Joe Rosenthal's photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. Kidbys cover of The Science of Discworld, which is a parody of the painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump by Joseph Wright. ... With the U.S. fleet off Iwo Jima in the background, Joe Rosenthal strikes a pose on the summit of Mount Suribachi Joe Rosenthal (October 9, 1911 – August 20, 2006) was an American photographer who received the Pulitzer Prize for his iconic World War II photograph Raising the Flag on... Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal / The Associated Press. ...


Plot summary

The story is primarily based in Borogravia, a highly conservative country whose people live according to the increasingly psychotic decrees of its favored deity, Nuggan, who is believed dead. The list of "Abominations Unto Nuggan" include Borogravia's neighboring states, resulting in little Borogravia having a particularly bellicose nature. The uncertain whereabouts of Nuggan leads the inhabitants of Borogravia to deify their Duchess, to whom they pray instead. Borogravia is a fictional country in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ... See also: Discworld magic Some of the Discworld gods at Dunmanifestin. ...


The protagonist of the tale is Polly Perks, who takes her name from the folk song Sweet Polly Oliver. Polly's brother Paul is missing in action after fighting in the Borogravian army, so she sets off to join the army in order to find him. Women joining the army are regarded as another "Abomination Unto Nuggan". To ensure her entrance into this male-only institution, Polly decides to dress up as a man (women doing so is also an Abomination Unto Nuggan) and starts calling herself Oliver. While signing-up she meets one Corporal Strappi, and the corpulent Sergeant Jackrum. Despite her apprehensions regarding Strappi she confirms her intent to enter the army by "kissing the Duchess"; that is, she kisses a painting of the noble. We see that there is a shortage of troops, with a Vampire named Maladict, a Troll, and an Igor also being allowed to join up. Gradually, Oliver discovers all is not well or good in the army. The remainder of the book is about her struggle to come to terms with this new world, and to find her brother. Sweet Polly Oliver is an English folk song, dating from at least 1840. ...


Translations

  • Чудовищна команда (Bulgarian)
  • Podivný regiment (Czech), ISBN 80-7197-242-8
  • Monsterlijk regiment (Dutch)
  • Le Régiment monstrueux (French)
  • Weiberregiment (German)
  • Potworny regiment (Polish)

External links

  • Annotations for Monstrous Regiment
  • Quotes from Monstrous Regiment
Reading order guide
Preceded by
The Wee Free Men
31st Discworld Novel Succeeded by
A Hat Full of Sky
Preceded by
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
7th Individual Story
Published in 2003
Succeeded by
A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices

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Monstrous Regiment (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2371 words)
Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
She runs away, gives herself a boyish haircut, (although she is not quite able to part with the hair she has cut, which she considered her one beauty, and packs it in her bag), and enlists in another town under the assumed name of Oliver Perks ("Oliver" from the folk song Sweet Polly Oliver).
The released prisoners praise the monstrous regiment's deeds until it is discovered that the men who disguised themselves as women really are women (Although Blouse takes it fairly well when everything is fully revealed, stating that he would not trade the women for any men he was offered).
Monstrous Regiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (231 words)
Monstrous Regiment is an abbreviation of the title of a misogynist 16th century tract by John Knox, the full title of which is, The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (the women in question were Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary Tudor).
Monstrous Regiment was a British feminist theatre company during the 1970s and 1980s.
Monstrous Regiment is a book by Terry Pratchett released in late 2003, part of his Discworld series.
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