Webb's unfinished novel, published posthumously, together with ten short stories, this is a medieval romance. It is the story of Sir Gilbert and his love for Nesta. Whilst delighting in love's pleasures, he strives to renounce earthly passion, seeking instead spiritual perfection.
The Heart of Princess Osra is part of Anthony Hope's trilogy of novels set in the fictional country of Ruritania and which spawned the genre of Ruritanian romance. This collection of linked short stories is a prequel: it was written immediately after the success of The Prisoner of Zenda, but is set in the 1730s, w…Read More »
Considered Bulwer-Lytton's best romance novel, in The Last of the Barons, as in Harold, the aim has been to illustrate the actual history of the period, and to bring into fuller display than general History itself has done the characters of the principal personages of the time, the motives by which they were pro…Read More »
The year is 1623, the place Haarlem in the Netherlands. Diogenes - the first Sir Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel's ancestor - and his friends Pythagoras and Socrates defend justice and the royalist cause. The famous artist Frans Hals also makes an appearance in this historical adventure. Orczy maintains that H…Read More »
At 3 p.m. on the 13th February, a huge army of soldiers swept into the remote Highland Valley of Glencoe, a stronghold of the MacDonald clan. The Master of the Stair sent them there. Cruel and ambitious, he did not shrink from mass murder to satisfy his lust for power. Jock Campbell led them. At last his chance had …Read More »
If historically tinged action-adventure is your genre of choice, hang on to your hat – you're in for a wild ride. In The Prisoner of Zenda, Anthony Hope relates the misadventures that befall the soon-to-be-crowned king of the fictional country of Ruritania in the days leading up to his coronation. An English tour…Read More »
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 heart, love, ambition, cruelty, hatred! The man whom she loved, loved her with an intensity at least equal to that which even now made her heart throb at the memory of…Read More »