Laughing Cavalier; Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel cover

Laughing Cavalier; Ancestor of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Baroness Orczy (1865-1947)

1. An Apology and the Prologue
2. New Year's Eve
3. The Fracas by the Postern Gate
4. An Interlude
5. Watch-Night
6. Brother and Sister
7. The Councesl of Prudence
8. Three Philosophers and Their Friends
9. The Lodgings which were Paid for
10. The Painter of Pictures
11. The Laughing Cavalier
12. The Bargain
13. The Portrait
14. The Spanish Wench
15. After Evensong
16. The Halt at Bennebrock
17. Layden
18. An Understanding
19. The Start
20. In the Kingdom of the Night
21. Back Again in Haarlem
22. A Grief-Stricken Father
23. A Double Pledge
24. A Spy from the Camp
25. The Birth of Hate
26. An Arrant Knave
27. Back to Houdekerk
28. Thence to Rotterdam
29. Check
30. Check Again
31. A Nocturn
32. The Molens
33. A Run Through the Night
34. The Captive Lion
35. Protestations
36. The Witness for the Defence
37. Brother Philosophers
38. Dawn
39. The Hour
40. ''Sauve Qui Peut''
41. The Loser Pays
42. ''Vengeance is Mine''
43. The Fight in the Doorway
44. Layden Once More
45. Blake of Blakeney
46. The End

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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.