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Baroness Orczy was born in Hungary in 1865, the daughter of Baron Felix Orczy, a landed aristocrat and well-known composer and conductor. Shemoved with her parents from Budapest to Brussels and then Paris, where she was educated. Orczy alsostudied art in London and exhibited work atthe Royal Academy. Later sheMontagu Barstow and together they worked as illustrators and jointly published an edition of Hungarian folk tales. Fame came in1905 with the publication of The Scarlet Pimpernel, which was originally a play co-written with her husband. Its background of Revolution in France and swashbuckling hero, 'Sir Percy Blakeney', was to prove immensely popular. Sequels followed and many years later film and TV versions are enduringly popular, with new productions from time to time. However, Orczy alsoalso wrote detective stories which have a following today amongst those intersted in the genre. She died in 1947. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Book Jungle (September 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604241314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604241310
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,103,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!
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This is a very good copy, with only the occasional typographical error equivalent to what you would find in a paper-back.
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Set in the eighteenth century, it has romance, adventure, danger woven through a really terrific story.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This prequel to Baroness Orzcy's Scarlet Pimpernel series interested me for I love that series. I would seriously suggest to read at least the Scarlet Pimpernel and Eldorado first. The story follows Sir Percy's father or great grandfather in an adventure that starts his wedding day and takes him far away from his bride and her traitorous brother. The novel mainly follows the acts of the brother, Nicholaus, as he becomes more and more corrupt. His feelings are very detailed and his character is thoroughly analyzed. Gilda is obviously just a clone of Marguerrite, and Sir Percy is never much like the man that will be named after him. All in all a good read but I would not suggest this be the first book you buy or read in the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SMM on March 14, 2013
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I read the Scarlet Pimpernel and really enjoyed it. Then, I found out that it was the first book written by Baroness Orczy of a series of books about the Scarlet Pimpernel. The second book was a prequel, The Laughing Cavalier. I am now reading The First Sir Percy, which is a sequel to The Laughing Cavalier, but still a prequel to the Scarlet Pimpernel. I read a lot of historic fiction, and I find the books to be enjoyable, somewhat easy to read, but not too predictable.
If you are considering reading this, I would recommend reading the books in their chronological order, not the order in which they were published. This web site lists all of the books in order: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue Tyson on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the second of the prequels I suppose you could say, to the main Scarlet Pimpernel chronology, and is the story of the older generation.

The woman the first Sir Percy is to marry has a brother that is definitely a nogoodnik, and this gets in the way of their life.

This has to be resolved, but it is not the same superheroic type style of the Pimpernel escapades, although the writing is similar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2014
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When I was in high school, I checked out a very good historical adventure book from the library called "The Scarlet Pimpernel" by the Baroness Orczy. (It was also a major motion picture in the 1930s staring Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon. Very famous people in old Hollywood. I saw it on late-night TV.) At any rate, the book was well written and the story riveting.

When I ran across her name (Orczy) on the Amazon website, I saw that she had other literary offerings. I did some independent research and found out that, after the success of Pimpernel, she wrote a series of "prequels", stories of the Pimpernel's (Sir Percy's) ancestors, leading up to his participation in the French Revolution.

This story takes place in the early 1600s. It should have stayed there. It has none of the "tightness" the first novel had. It's characters are numerous, wandering, and undeveloped. In short, it's wordy. As I mentioned, this book is supposed to be the first in a family saga spanning about 150 years. I, for one, plan to give the rest of the family a miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ Winners on April 1, 2013
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Take a deep breath and let it out, get a hot cup of tea and be prepared to take your time reading this story. The story is good, and anyone who loves The Scarlet Pimpernel will see its roots here, but the writing is older and less to the point. Still a great find and well worth the read.
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The First Sir Percy

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Baroness Orczy

The First Sir Percy, the sequel to The Laughing Cavalier, by Baroness Orczy was first published in 1921. I should have read The Laughing Cavalier first as I found the first chapters of the sequel a little difficult to follow. However, this did not spoil my enjoyment of the novel.

The First Sir Percy is set in the Netherlands in March 1624 “a torn land divided between loyalty for Maurice of Nassau and the Spanish invaders.

“Fighting for the Maurice of Nassau is a man known to many as Diogenes, but whose real name is Sir Percy Blakeney. A gay devil may care cavalier and the first in a long line of famous Blakeneys.”

Loyal to the Maurice of Nassau, the Stadtholder, on the very evening of his marriage instead of taking his bride, Gilda, to England, Sir Percy must set off on a mission to thwart the Spanish Invasion. Yet he yearns to take his bride away: “Across the ocean to that stately home in England where in the spring the air was soft with the scent of violets and of fruit blossom, and where beside the river the reeds mumured a soft accompaniment to songs of passion and hymns of love.”

Thoughout this novel of the hero, good men and women and villains Sir Percy’s beautiful young bride remains loyal to him even in the most difficult circumstances.

I know little about the Netherlands at this period of history and even less about the Veluwe, at that time a land with a string of swamps with a ridge of hills covered with forests, heathland and woodland, in which part of The First Sir Percy is set.
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Great novel! Set in the eighteenth century, it has romance, adventure, danger woven through a really terrific story. It starts with a tramp named Diogenes, who, with his two friends, sets out to kidnap a wealthy girl, and ends up falling in love with her. After overcoming many obstacles in his path, he finds his true identity (Sir Percy) in the end, and all works out as expected. (I can't tell you exactly what happens, or it would spoil the ending!) I really liked reading this one!
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