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Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France [Kindle Edition]

Stanley John Weyman
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 1069 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495293904
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NC1SUE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,515 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By HSlady
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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 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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly Written June 25, 2013
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This book is for the intelligent historical romance fans who enjoy learning history, not seeing it used as a thinly researched back drop for the usual trashy love story. I also liked that these stories are refreshingly devoid of x rated material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 excellent novels! September 4, 2012
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I actually downloaded each of these novels separately, not this particular collection.

True Weyman style, the novels are in historical context surrounding some tumultuous historical period in France. He creates intense tension, which leads you to read non-stop until the end of the novel. It is a level of start realism, depicting the level of paranoia, political intrigue, and subterfuge, usually through the eye of a down and out antihero.

Characters are often complex and not all good nor all bad.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentleman of France January 5, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the rhythm, pace, plot twists, and vocabulary used in this book,including the French. It reminds me of Alexander Dumas' novels. The syntax almost resembled a translation from the French. I now am spurred to check the history of the Huguenots further since my husband's Huguenot ancestors came from St. Malo, France, fleeing persecution in the 17th century,settling in Virginia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story - easy reading - easy to follow July 31, 2013
By impern
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Good story - easy reading - easy to follow. Definitely good for females who are looking for romance. Always nice to arrive at a happy ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars historical romance..under the... February 4, 2014
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I like to read historical romance books. This was a good story and I will be reading it again as it is a keeper for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical 19th cent Adventure January 1, 2014
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For a 19th cent adventure novel the Hero or anti-hero is surprisingly conflicted. In Under the Red Robe a notorious duellist is sent off on a dangerous and distasteful task, to avoid a sentence of death for his latest escapade, by his Eminence, the Cardinal Richlieu. Gils de Berrault finds himself deep in the country of rebels against the crown but amoung fine honorable people. He soon becomes ashamed of his task but is trapped between a distasteful and dishonorable mission harming a noble and generous family or defying the Cardinal, which for Gils would mean death. It is not an overly complex or swashbuckling story but I found myself fascinated by Gils struggle to avoid death and dishonor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite amazing stories! May 11, 2013
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Like the true-to-the -period accuracy and plots in all three books. A must read for clean romance and intrigue. And free!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected reading
You find yourself in the past and wonder how this book was written. You find the reading enjoyable and hard to put down.
Published 10 days ago by Jennifer Baratta
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Boring boring boring.Too wordy.
Published 29 days ago by Michelle S.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved all three books in this anthology
I loved all three books in this anthology. A different style than modern authors but easy to read. Suspenseful and intriguing.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia B Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently keeps the reader spellbound.
Full of rich details and fascinating characters. This historical novel, while slightly off in historical accuracies, can be forgiven any discrepancies because of the excellently... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cathy Minard
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Okay book
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book it was a little different like he was telling his life story. Very well written!
Published 4 months ago by Georgia R Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, Old English style writing containing many french...
Actually rate @ 4 1/2 of 5 or 9 of 10; I will definitely read many more books from this author.
This book is well written historical romance that takes place in France during... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leia Sulee
2.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance
Not quite my type of read, but all in all the book was okay. Don't go by my rating if you like historical romance. You will need to judge this on your own.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars lost interest
lost interest after first few pages, the people didn't seem real. Normally I like history and don't mind stilted language.
Published 7 months ago by patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Really indepth
I read these books with anticipation, impatient to be turning the pages...what is next? the author has a way with words that left me feeling spellbound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Drea
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