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The Bronze Eagle

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Crystal was alone, and she was not ashamed to let the tears well up to her eyes. Despite her proud profession of faith the insistent longing for happiness, which is the inalienable share of youth, knocked at the portals of her heart.

Not even to the devoted aunt who had brought her up, who had known her every childish sorrow and gleaned[Pg 61] her every childish tear, not even to her would she show what it cost her to sink her individuality, her longings, her hopes of happiness into that overwhelming sense of duty to her father's wishes and to the demands of her name, her country and her caste.

She had repeated it to herself often and often that her father had suffered so much for the sake of his convictions, had endured poverty and exile where opportunism would have dictated submission to the usurper Bonaparte and the acceptance of riches and honours at his hands, he had remained loyal in his beliefs, steadfast to his King through twenty years of miser. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a full and lively account of Napoleon's return from his island exile to turn his Old Guard once more into his loyal cadre and wreak havoc on first, established order in France, then on the rest of Europe.

We see through the eyes of various people including a British soldier and the young wom

This isn't a bad book, but Baroness Orczy has written much better. She's one of my favorite authors and I've read a lot of her books. The pacing in this one wasn't very good. I thought the beginning was slow and it took me a while to get into the story. Then when it came to the big Battle of Waterlo