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Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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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

Leatherface: A Tale of Old Flanders published in 1916 by Baroness Emuska Orczy
Locations/Settings: [Belgium: Mons, St. Florian Village, Hermigny Village, Brussels, Brabant, Flanders, Hainaut, Mechelen, Ghent; France: Valienciennes; Holland; Spain: Segovia; Laredo (Spain) to Flushing, Netherlands]

I shouldn't have been surprised--but I was! Seriously. When you've read as much Emma Orczy as I have...

In usual, wonderful Orczy fashion, Leatherface is a delightful, overly dramatic, historically-set tale with a hidden hero. I should have suspected the hidden hero earlier on; I should have found h

At times I wish that we could four and a half stars. I really did enjoy this book. As I got toward the end it was hard to put down. It is a fiction story / a novel but it based on history. I have studied some of the history of the Netherland at this time and see that the novel fits in, at least in p

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.

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