“The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy is an exciting book with some great history behind it. After reading it (book review) I did some research on it and found some amazing and fun facts.
1) Baroness Emmuska Orczy full name is Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi.
Emmuska, meaning “little Emma”, is a nickname and is pronounced em-moosh-ka.
2) “The Scarlet Pimpernel” was originally written as a play which received negative reviews but popular success.
3) The book was published after the play opened and was immediately successful.
4) The novel was translated to at least 16 languages and been adapted to film, television and even a musical.
5) Due to the success of her novel, Baroness Orczy wrote a whole series of books associated with “The Scarlet Pimpernel”. The books were not written in chronological order, however for your convince here they are in the order they might be read:
- The Laughing Cavalier
- The First Sir Percy
- The Scarlet Pimpernel
- Sir Percy Leads the Band
- The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
- I Will Repay!
- The Elusive Pimpernel
- Mam’zelle Guillotine
- Lord Tony’s Wife
- The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel
- Sir Percy Hits Back
- Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel
- The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel
- A Child of the Revolution
- The Pimpernel and Rosemary
- The Life & Exploits of the Scarlet Pimpernel
- The Scarlet Pimpernel Looks at the World
6) Several historical figures show up in the book even though it is not historically accurate. The figures are:
- Maximilien Robespierre
- Louis de Saint-Just
- Jean-Lambert Tallien
- Thérésa Cabarrus
- Georges Danton
- François Chabot
- Fabre d’Églantine
- Claude Bazire
- Baron Jean de Batz
- Jean-Paul Marat
- Paul Barras
- Georges Couthon
- Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac
- Éléonore Duplay
7) Originally there were nine members who formed The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
8) On January, 1793 ten more members were enrolled.
9) Lady Blakeney was named a member of The League in Mam’zelle Guillotine
10) The Scarlett Pimpernel books allowed the Baroness and her husband to live comfortably for the rest of their days in the English countryside.
I didn’t know there were more books – more on the TBR list.
Zohar – Man of la Book
- The Scarlet Pimpertool (doubleplusundead.com)
- My favorite books (satsumaart.wordpress.com)
- Bliz-The French Connection (charioteers.org)
- Confessions of a Geek (There’s Nothing ‘Former’ About It) (alwayscoffee.wordpress.com)
- Herb of the Day for July 11th is Pimpernel (witchesofthecraft.wordpress.com)