Emma Orczy 1865—1947

Emma Orczy


Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála “Emmuska” Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright and artist of noble origin. She is most known for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel.

In 1903, Orczy and her husband wrote a play based on one of her short stories about an English aristocrat, Sir Percy Blakeney, Bart., who rescued French aristocrats from the French Revolution: The Scarlet Pimpernel. The play was accepted for production in the West End and though initially drew only small audiences, it ran four years, broke many stage records, was translated and produced in other countries, and underwent several revivals. This theatrical success generated huge sales for the novel and Orczy went on to write over a dozen sequels. Orczy’s novels were racy, mannered melodramas and she favored historical fiction.

Available eBooks

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    A True Woman (1911)

    Luke de Mountford, heir to his uncle Lord Radcliffe, asks for Louise Harris’s hand in marriage. Just when everything seems to be going well, another nep...read more »

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    Beau Brocade (1907)

    After their recent defeat, the hamlets and villages of Derbyshire are no longer ringing with the wild shouts of Bonny Prince Charlie’s Highland Brigade;...read more »

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    Castles in the Air (1921)

    Mr. Hector Ratichon-onetime aide to Robespierre and confidant of Napoleon Bonaparte-is a rascal and rogue of the highest order. Nevertheless, his servic...read more »

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    His Majesty's Well-Beloved (1919)

    An Episode in the Life of Mr. Thomas Betteron as told by His Friend John. “After that memorable Day, Mistress, we were like naughty Children who were be...read more »

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    Leatherface (1916)

    This story takes place during the occupation of Netherlands in 1570’s by Spain and describes the battle for Ghent….”It lacked two hours before the dawn ...read more »

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    Lord Tony's Wife (1917)

    Lord Antony Dewhurst is ‘a splendid fellow - a fine sportsman, a loyal gentleman’. The young gallant is also Percy’s close friend and a lieutenant in th...read more »

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    Petticoat Rule (1909)

    A story of the French aristocracy, the book concerns Madame de Pompadour’s influence over the King and France.

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    Sir Percy Hits Back (1927)

    The League is up to their old tricks again, but this time they have the help of a local simple girl from the country, Fleurette. When she and her love f...read more »

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    The Bronze Eagle (1915)

    The intrigues of the royalist and those of the adepts of Napoleon Bonaparte. Story set during the French Revolution. The perfect calm of an early spring...read more »

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    The Elusive Pimpernel (1908)

    It is the early days of the French Republic, and Robespierre’s revolutionaries find their wicked schemes repeatedly being thwarted. It appears that Sir ...read more »

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    The Laughing Cavalier (1913)

    The year is 1623, the place Haarlem in the Netherlands. Diogenes - the first Sir Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel’s ancestor - and his friends Pyth...read more »

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    The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1919)

    More adventures amongst the terrors of revolutionary France. No one has uncovered the identity of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel - no one except his wife ...read more »

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    The Nest of the Sparrowhawk (1909)

    A dastardly deception Lady Sue was young, lovely, fresh – and due to inherit a vast fortune when she came of age. Sir Marmaduke was a Roundhead – and su...read more »

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    The Old Man in the Corner (1908)

    A nameless old man sits in the corner of a cozy London tea shop, and without leaving his seat, solves baffling crimes reported to him by an admiring lad...read more »

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    The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

    ‘Who is this man, this Scarlet Pimpernel?’ Each day this question grew more pressing to the rulers of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band ...read more »

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    The Tangled Skein (1907)

    In The Tangled Skein, Baroness Orczy does not paint Queen Mary nearly so black as she is usually portrayed. Indeed Mary is depicted as so passionately l...read more »

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    Unto Caesar (1914)

    Taurus Antinor loved her, that she knew. The last four days had made a woman of her: she had tasted of and witnessed every passion that rends a human he...read more »