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Laughing Cavalier; Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel

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In "Laughing Cavalier; Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel," Baroness Orczy once again displays her talent for weaving historical fiction with romance and adventure. Set in the 17th century Netherlands, the story follows the daring exploits of Diogenes, a young aristocrat known as the Laughing Cavalier for his devil-may-care attitude and quick wit.

As tensions rise with the outbreak of the Dutch War of Independence, Diogenes finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of espionage and intrigue. His charm and bravado make him a formidable opponent, but also draw the attention of Marguerite, a beautiful Dutch girl with a mysterious past.

Orczy's vivid descriptions of 17th century Amsterdam bring the bustling city to life, from the opulent palaces of the wealthy to the bustling markets and seedy taverns of the working class. The historical details are skillfully woven into the narrative, providing a rich backdrop for the unfolding drama.

While the romance between Diogenes and Marguerite is central to the story, it is the political intrigue and high-stakes espionage that drive the plot forward. The tension builds steadily as Diogenes navigates a web of deceit and betrayal, culminating in a thrilling climax that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Overall, "Laughing Cavalier; Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel" is a gripping tale of love, adventure, and intrigue that will appeal to fans of historical fiction and swashbuckling romance. Baroness Orczy's masterful storytelling and captivating characters make this a must-read for anyone looking for an escape to a bygone era of bravery and chivalry.

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The enigmatic smile of The Laughing Cavalier of Franz Hals' famous painting invites you to wonder just what mischievousness hides behind that face. In this novel, inspired by the painting, Baroness Orczy recounts the adventures of an ancestor of her famous character, the Scarlet Pimpernel. Set in Holland during the turbulent times of 1623/1624, this is the story of a swashbuckling romanticist, whose desire for wealth and success always seems to be eclipsed by his sense of what is right and gentlemanly. The same combination of savoir-faire, insouciance, deep feeling, and humor that make the Scarlet Pimpernel such an intriguing character are already present in the DNA of the Blakeney family more than 150 years before the French Revolution. Enjoy this delightful romp through the "pages" of an historical fiction that will have you laughing right along with The Laughing Cavalier.

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