Men of Iron By Howard Pyle Brand New Edition Classic Plays and Drama Men of Iron is an 1891 vel by the American author Howard Pyle, who also illustrated it. Set in the 15th century, it is a juvenile coming of age work in which a young squire, Myles Falworth, seeks t only to become a knight but to eventually redeem his father's hor. In Chapter 24 the knighthood ceremony is presented and described as it would be in a n-fiction work concerning knighthood and chivalry. Descriptions of training equipment are also given throughout. It comprises 68,334 words and is divided into 33 unnamed chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion. It was made into a movie in 1954, The Black Shield of Falworth. The story begins in 1400, the year after the abdication of Richard II of England and accession of Henry IV. Lord Gilbert Reginald Falworth is attainted for being King Richard's councilor, who strongly advised him to resist his cousin Henry's movement to seize the throne, and for protecting The Earl of Alban, a fictional conspirator against the succeeding King Henry. Falworth is blinded in a trial by combat with William Bushy Brookhurst, later created Earl of Alban, whom young Myles remembers brutally killing Sir John Dale in the hall of Falworth castle where he lived with his parents.