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Bardelys the Magnificent; being an account of the

Rafael Sabatini

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Paris they called the Magnificent. Yet these events, although significant in their total, were of so vague and slight a nature in their detail, that when I come to write of them I find really little that I may set down.

Rodenard and his companions remained for two days at the chateau, and to me his sojourn there was a source of perpetual anxiety, for I knew not how far the fool might see fit to prolong it. It was well for me that this anxiety of mine was shared by Monsieur de Lavedan, who disliked at such a time the presence of men attached to one who was so notoriously of the King's party. He came at last to consult me as to what measures might be taken to remove them, and I—nothing loath to conspire with him to so desirable end—bade him suggest to Rodenard that perhaps evil had befallen Monsieur de Bardelys, and that, instead of wasting his time at Lavedan, he were better advised to be searching the province for his master.

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Community Reviews

An amazing swashbuckling adventure that has it all: romance, political intrigue, sword fights, and an instantly admirable hero. Just what you'd expect in a Sabatini novel. Very highly recommended.

This man is CRIMINALLY underrated!

Magnificent!!! Its the least i can say!! The intricate understanding and depiction of the characters and especially Bardelys is commendable. Kept me intrigued,excited overwhelmed and wanting for more!! Overall a very satisfying Book. Loved Monseigneur Bardelys' character with all its grey shades. Th

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I think I want to review this in a little more depth later, but for now suffice it to say I was pleasantly surprised how well this little swashbuckler stood up to a re-read! It's right up there with the likes of The Prisoner of Zenda and Captain Blood. Ev

I love Rafael Sabatini. His Novels are always at least 4 stars in my opinion, as Bardelys is. Though I normally do not like Rom/Com court novels, I really liked Bardelys the Magnificent. Court, treasonous rebellion, sword fights, and mistaken identity await the reader of this highly enjoyable text.

Sabatini was a wordsmith, his books are almost poems. Perhaps the language is a little overblown in places, but I’m yet to read something by him I haven’t enjoyed. Bardley’s the Magnificent is surely one of his most underrated works.

This is the first novel by Sabatini that I had read. It was fun to read. I had visions of 1930s films flashing through my mind while reading it. It is overblown, but it is fun to read. A typical swashbuckling adventure of its time.

3.5*

While I did take pleasure in this book, I found myself troubled by the arrogance of the main character. Bardelys' attitudes were completely within reason for a wealthy nobleman of the French court of Louis XIII around 1632, but something in the manner of it made it difficult for me to "root" fo

Considering how much appeal I find in historical adventure stories, whether THE THREE MUSKETEERS, THE COUNT OF MONTE-CRISTO, BEAU GESTE, or others of that sort, and how deeply I enjoy the films made from the works of Rafael Sabatini (THE SEA HAWK, CAPTAIN BLOOD, etc.), somehow I'd never gotten aroun

I'm not going to pretend that this is a perfect book in the abstract, or even a very good one, but it is perfect of its kind – a dumb swashbuckling romance, with duels and Honor and an obvious villain, and it brought me joy. I don't like to defend or explain my ratings, but five stars for a book tha

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