The Laughing Cavalier: The Story of the Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel
ISBN: 1647991250
EAN13: 9781647991258
Language: English
Publication Date: Feb 16, 2020
Pages: 278
Dimensions: 1" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback

The Laughing Cavalier: The Story of the Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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Baroness Emma Magdolna Roz lia M ria Jozefa Borb la Emmuska Orczy de Orci (23 September 1865 - 12 November 1947) was a Hungarian-born British novelist and playwright. She is best known for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel, the alter ego of Sir Percy Blakeney, a wealthy English fop who turns into a quick-thinking escape artist in order to save ill-fated French royalty from Madame Guillotine during the French revolution.

Introducing the notion of a hero with a secret identity into popular culture, the Scarlet Pimpernel exhibits characteristics that would become standard superhero conventions, including the penchant for disguise, use of a signature weapon (sword), ability to out-think and outwit his adversaries, and a calling card (he leaves behind a scarlet pimpernel at each of his interventions). By drawing attention to his alter ego Blakeney he hides behind his public face as a slow thinking foppish playboy (like Bruce Wayne), and he also establishes a network of supporters, The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, that aid his endeavours.

Orczy went on to write over a dozen sequels featuring Sir Percy Blakeney, his family, and the other members of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, of which the first, I Will Repay (1906), was the most popular. The last Pimpernel book, Mam'zelle Guillotine, was published in 1940. None of her three subsequent Read More chevron_right

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