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The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy, published in 1905. It was written after her stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London, having opened in Nottingham in 1903.

The novel is set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title is the nom de guerre of its hero and protagonist, a chivalrous Englishman who rescues aristocrats before they are sent to the guillotine. Sir Percy Blakeney leads a double life: apparently nothing more than a wealthy fop, but in reality a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking master of disguise and escape artist. The band of gentlemen who assist him are the only ones who know of his secret identity. He is known by his symbol, a simple flower, the scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis).

Opening at the New Theatre in London’s West End on January 5, 1905, the play became a favourite of British audiences, eventually playing more than 2,000 performances and becoming one of the most popular shows staged in London. Published after the success of the play, the novel was an immediate success, gaining Orczy a following of readers in Britain and the rest of the world.

Orczy’s premise of a daring hero who cultivates a secret identity disguised by a meek or ineffectual manner proved enduring. Zorro, Doctor Syn, the Shadow, the Spider, the Phantom, Superman and Batman followed within a few decades, and the trope remains a popular one in serial fiction today.

01 – Paris: September, 1792
02 – Dover: The Fisherman’s Rest
03 – The Refugees
04 – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
05 – Marguerite
06 – An Exquisite of ’92
07 – The Secret Orchard
08 – The Accredited Agent
09 – The Outrage
10 – In the Opera Box
11 – Lord Grenville’s Ball
12 – The Scrap of Paper
13 – Either – – Or?
14 – One O’Clock Precisely
15 – Doubt
16 – Richmond
17 – Farewell
18 – The Mysterious Device
19 – The Scarlet Pimpernel
20 – The Friend
21 – Suspense
22 – Calais
23 – Hope
24 – The Death-Trap
25 – The Eagle and the Fox
26 – The Jew
27 – On the Track
28 – The Pere Blanchard’s Hut
29 – Trapped
30 – The Schooner
31 – The Escape
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