It is 1792, the French Revolution is at its height, and ‘Madame Guillotine’ is plying her murderous trade – the sons of the Revolution intent on exterminating the hated ‘Aristos’, sparing neither man woman nor child. But increasingly, the condemned are disappearing, whisked away to safety by an unknown Englishman, who leaves behind a simple note, bearing the image of a simple heathland flower, the scarlet pimpernel. The mysterious intruder must be stopped, and Citizen Chauvelin, ruthless revolutionary spymaster, believes he knows a way to unmask the enigmatic foreigner and lead him to his doom. Written in 1905 by Baroness Emma Orczy, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ is a classic tale of intrigue, bravery and devotion set amidst the chaos and brutality of Revolutionary France, an enthralling page-turner that keeps the reader guessing until the final page.
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