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Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Book Overview: 

A romantic, political adventure story set in the late 1500's, during the Spanish rule over the Netherlands, in the city of Ghent. Leatherface is an Orangist and emerges to lead the Ghent citizens to rebel and win back their freedom.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .But you must confess, dear, that there is a comic side to the tragedy--there always is. Laurence, the happy bridegroom-elect, takes to his heels without even a glimpse at the bride offered to him, whilst her beauty, according to rumour, sets every masculine heart ablaze."

The mother gave a little sigh of weariness and resignation.

"You never will understand your brother, Mark," she said with deep earnestness, "not as long as you live. You never will understand your mother either. You are your father's son--Laurence is more wholly mine. You can look on with indifference--God help you! even with levity--on the awful tyranny which has well-nigh annihilated our beautiful land of Flanders. On you the weight of Spanish oppression sits over lightly.... Sometimes I think I ought to thank God that He has given you a shallow nature, and that I am not doomed to see both my sons suffer as Laurence--my eldest--does. To him, Mark, hi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was undoubtedly a good read. The emotions had been perfectly captured and portrayed by each of the characters, the hatred, sadness seemed to painted on the very pages of the book. A little bit doubtful perhaps of the development of love and passion between Donna Lenora and van Rycke. How could...more

Leatherface is set during the period when the Spanish are working their way through Holland and seeking to oust and punish Prince William of Orange. Spy and protector of Prince William is Leatherface, who uses a disguise to protect his identity and create an air of mystery about his abilities. Wi...more

Great adventure

I really liked this book. The characters were great, the story compelling, and the writing excellent. If you love The Scarlet Pimpernel (as I do), then you will love this book too.