The Prisoner of Zenda

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Wildside Press, LLC, 2002 - Fiction - 212 pages
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In The Prisoner of Zenda, the King of Ruritania is drugged on the eve of his coronation, and thus is unable to attend the ceremony. Political forces within the realm are such, that, in order for the king to retain the crown, his coronation must proceed. Because of a not-too-secret dalliance between his great-grandmother and the then King, Englishman Rudolf Rassendyll bears an striking resemblance to the king of Ruritania. Curious about his heritage, he vacations in Ruritania to see his double's coronation -- and he meets and befriends the soon-to-be-crowned King Rudolf. When the King is kidnapped by the villain, Black Michael, Rassendyll must impersonate the King in the coronation ceremony . . . and in the heart of the Queen. Hope's handling of the romance between Rassendyll and Queen Flavia is both a daring and romantic love story and a subtle examination of the meaning of honor and duty to a gentleman.(Jacketless library hardcover.)

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This book is about 1890 in Europe. Rudolf Rassendyll, the main character, was a rich young Englishman. He visited Ruritania to see the coronation of Prince Rudolf Elphberg. Rudolf Elphberg is his ... Read full review

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If you can be a king of a country,what will happen to you? Its story is about a new king and his cousin. The key of the story is that they are very similar to each other... Its story is good,because its story is uniqe to others. My favorite part of this story is the ending!! Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Novelist Anthony Hope-Hawkins was born in London, England on February 9, 1863. After attending Marlborough College and Balliol College, he became a lawyer and wrote short stories. The Prisoner of Zenda, his best-known work, was published in 1894. Due to the book's success, he became a full-time writer. During World War I, he worked for the Ministry of Information to counteract German propaganda. He was knighted for his efforts in 1918. He died of throat cancer in Surrey, England on July 8, 1933.

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