The Scarlet Pimpernel
Baroness Emmuska Orczy (September 23, 1865- November 12, 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was born in Tarnaors, Heves Country, Hungary and was the daughter of composer Baron Felix Orczy and Countess Emma Was. She is chiefly remembered as author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular successes of the 20th century. An attractive blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, this timeless historical adventure recalls the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution, when ruthless mobs ruled the streets of Paris and hundreds of royalists were sacrificed to the guillotine each day. The only hope of many was a brave and dashing leader who smuggled French aristocrats across the Channel to England and safety. Known by the name of the wildflower he leaves as a calling card, the pimpernel becomes the darling of the people and si particular admired by Marguerite Blakeney, who mocks her foppish husband as ardently as she admires this gallant hero.
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