The Prisoner of Zenda
Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins(1863 1933) is remembered best for only two books: The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau (1898). These works, "minor classics" of English literature, are set in the contemporaneous fictional country of Ruritania and spawned the genre known as Ruritanian romance. Zenda has inspired many adaptations, most notably the 1937 Hollywood movie of the same name. 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. An enduring action-adventure classic in the manner of Sabatini, Mundy, Dumas, and Orczy; if you haven't read _The Prisoner of Zenda_, you need to read it now."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - souryu518 - LibraryThing
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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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