Sir Anthony Hope
February 8, 1863 - Lower Compton - UK
Educated as a barrister and a lawyer, he wrote 32 works of fiction. Only two are still read, with The Prisoner of Zenda now by far the most still read.
YouTube has the 1979 movie starring Peter Sellers. I thought it captured the comic spirit of the book. Five
Movies have been based on The Prisoner of Zenda.
1894 - The Prisoner of Zenda
1898 - Rupert of Hentzau
July 8, 1933 - Walton on the Hill, UK
I am not sure what motivated to read The Prisoner of Zenda. Maybe I just wanted to read a classic that I knew would probably be a fun easy read, it was only 142 pages and the Kindle edition was free.
The novel is set in the imaginary kingdom of Ruritania. It is a political action mistaken identity fantasy work. The novel
centers on Rudolf Rassendyll. From London he leaves his comfortable life there for the kingdom of Ruritania,a small country in central Europe. It turns he looks like the twin brother of the King,Elphberg. On the eve of his cornation the King is kidnapped and held as a prisoner. The king’s evil brother Prince Rupert, hoping to steal the throne is behind the plot. If the King does not show up to be cornated, his
brother will declare him dead and take the throne. After
that he and his henchmen will make the King disappear. The advisor to the King meets Rudolph and trains him to play the part of the King.
There is a romance, The king’s intended bride falls for
Rudolph. There are violent conflicts and lots of exciting plot twists.
This was a fun book. After i finished it I discovered there is even a genre of literature called Ruritania fiction which means a work set in an imaginary kind of comic opera
I might read Rupert of Hentzau.