The Prisoner of Zenda

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Wildside Press, LLC, Aug 1, 2002 - Fiction - 212 pages
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Because of a not-too-secret dalliance between his great-grandmother and the then King, Englishman Rudolf Rassendyll bears an striking resemblance to the king of Ruritania. Curious about his heritage, he vacations in Ruritania to see his double's coronation -- and he meets and befriends the soon-to-be-crowned King Rudolf. When the King is kidnapped by the villain, Black Michael, Rassendyll must impersonate the King in the coronation ceremony . . . and in the heart of the Queen. Hope's handling of the romance between Rassendyll and Queen Flavia is both a daring and romantic love story and a subtle examination of the meaning of honor and duty to a gentleman. An enduring action-adventure classic in the manner of Sabatini, Mundy, Dumas, and Orczy; if you haven't read _The Prisoner of Zenda_, you need to read it now.

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

Following a 'normal' opening chapter, featuring the hero - Rudolph - chatting with his brother and sister-in-law at their English home, the tale moves quickly from a realist setting to dangerous ... Read full review

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User Review  - Vlad - Goodreads

I was curious about reading The Prisoner of Zenda because it started the "Ruritanian romance" genre, in which a foreigner visits a small kingdom (usually European) and becomes embroiled in royal ... Read full review

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Southampton, UK; Professor, Automation and Control, Southampton Solent University

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