‘If love were the only thing, I would follow you-in rags if need be . . . But is love the only thing?’
The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope is a swashbuckling adventure set in the mythical kingdom of Ruritania.
Englishman Rudolf Rassendyll closely resembles the King of Ruritania, and to foil a coup by his rival to the throne, he is persuaded to impersonate him. However, Rassendyll’s role becomes complicated when the real king is kidnapped, and he falls for Princess Flavia. A strong sword arm can carry the day in Ruritania, and Rassendyll and his allies fight to rescue the king. But if he succeeds, our hero and Flavia will have to choose between love and honour.
Duelling was a daily feature of my prep-school life. Our swords were wooden rulers; chipped and battered desks served as castle battlements. Modern warfare held a fascination too, but when it came...Read more