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Looking for...Marguerite St. Just

Post by TerriPray » Sat January 10th, 2009, 4:28 am

There's either a series, or a single book, that tells the story of Marguerite St. Just (wife of the Scarlet Pimpernel) from her viewpoint. I can't recall the title, or the author, and I've not read it since the mid '90s.

I've been racking my brains trying to recall the title, and searches on Amazon haven't helped.

In the book Marguerite St. Just and her brother are the same person, as her real brother dies early on - I think.

If anyone can help with the name of the book, and/or the author, I'd appreciate it.

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Post by LoveHistory » Tue January 13th, 2009, 12:14 am

Baroness Orczy wrote those. I have The Scarlet Pimpernel. You should try Dover Books, they have a lot of hard to find stuff. http://www.doverpublications.com

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Post by annis » Tue January 13th, 2009, 12:47 am

Probably not what you were thinking of, but Marguerite St Just Blakeney does appear in Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' as a member of the 18th Century League.

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Post by TerriPray » Tue January 13th, 2009, 4:31 am

No, it's not the Pimpernel books, or the League.

This was told entirely from her viewpoint, and in this series Marguerite and her brother were the same person. Either the brother had never existed in the first place, or died early on.

It follows her rise on stage, how she meets and marries the Pimpernel. But the entire story is told from her viewpoint.

I remember reading this in England, in the early -mid '90s, picked up a copy from the library.

It's driving me nuts. I was certain it was called Daughter of the Revolution, but that came up as a blank when I did a search as the only ones I could find of that name were American Revolution ones.
One scene, early on, is the rape (actually tastefully done) of Marguerite by the son of the family she then denounces on stage.
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Post by annis » Tue January 13th, 2009, 5:42 am

Terri, could this be it?
"Daughter of the Revolution" by C. Guy Clayton.
http://rosemaryinwheat.livejournal.com/211974.html

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Post by TerriPray » Tue January 13th, 2009, 8:52 am

YES!

Thank you!

Now all I've got to do is get this move done in a couple of months and then hunt down a copy.

Life saver, this has been driving me nuts.

I re-watched the Scarlet Pimpernel, with Richard E. Grant, last week and it reminded me about that book.

Greatly appreciated, that's one less thing to niggle away at the back of my mind.
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Post by Volgadon » Tue January 13th, 2009, 9:29 pm

The bit about her and her brother being one and the same sounds odd. Could you elaborate?

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Post by TerriPray » Tue January 13th, 2009, 10:22 pm

It's been about 15 years since I read the book. But - from memory - Marguerite 'creates' Armand, and uses her acting skills to pass herself off as Armand.

If I recall she meets Percy as Armand first, but as I said, it's been a while since I've read a copy of the book.
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