Three stories in this collection of adventure romance novels by Stanley John Weyman. Written over a hundred years ago, these stories offer a refreshing style.
I've only read the first one so far - Under the Red Robe- and loved it!! It was a fun, fast moving adventure set in Paris in 1630. I found it very well written, with a story that kept me wanting to read more, interesting detail (but not too much) and interesting unique expressions (these days, anyway). This particular novel was written in 1894! After reading this novel, I looked up the author, and was not surprised to read that " his authenticity and attention to contextual detail caused his works...to be widely acclaimed for their romantic content and faithful historical accuracy". [...]. Even better, this is a free book! Wow!
The first story begins with a gentleman playing cards at his club in Paris and being accused of cheating. Not one to allow an insult like that to go unchallenged, he challenges the young brash fool to a duel. He wounds the young man, and since dueling is illegal and also he has duelled before (and killed 6 men previously), he is brought before Cardinal Richelieu, a very powerful man, who is about to dispense justice. The Cardinal is eventually convinced to give him an option - his life or find and arrest a M. de Cocheforet, most likely through less than upright means, which is distastful, but what choice? The adventure continues from there. And there is a lot of adventure.
I will add summaries of the other two novels as I find time. Happy reading.