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The Nest of the Sparrowhawk

Baroness Emmuska Orczy

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sir Marmaduke . . ."

"Oh!" he rejoined lightly, "Sir Marmaduke doth not object."

"There, I fear me, you are in error, master! and in his name I now forbid you ever to attempt to speak to Lady Susannah Aldmarshe again."

This command, accompanied by a look of withering scorn, seemed to afford the stranger vast entertainment. He made the wrathful lady a low, ironical bow, and clapped his hands together laughing and exclaiming:

"Brava! brava! of a truth but this is excellent! Pray, mistress, will you deign to tell me if in this your bidding you have asked Sir Marmaduke for his opinion?"

"I need not to ask him. I ask you to go."

"Go? Whither?" he asked blandly.

"Out of my sight and off these grounds at once, ere I rouse the servants and have you whipped off like a dog!" she said, angered beyond measure at his audacity, his irony, his manner, suggestive of insolent triumph. His muffled voice. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The full title of this book is: The nest of the Sparrowhawk: A romance of the XVIIth Century. The book was published in 1909.
Locations/Settings: [England: Boscastle, Acol, London (Bath Street); Cornwall: Pentargon, Blackapit; Kent County: Thanet District, forests of the Isle of Thanet, Epple Bay cha

The Nest of the Sparrowhawk is an intrigue placed in the upheaval following the execution of Charles I and during the Protectorship of Cromwell. Lady Sue, orphaned daughter of royalist parents, has been placed under the guardianship of Cromwell supporter, Sir Marmaduke de Chavasse, until she comes o

This book is probably better than two-stars in quality. I just felt the story cringe-worthy. A bit of a let down from the author of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

The book opens in the year 1657 with a party at Acol Court, where we meet Sir Marmaduke de Chavasse, his sister-in-law Mistress Editha, and his ward, the beautiful and extremely wealthy Lady Sue. In his youth, Sir Marmaduke was well known for his efforts to gain a wealthy wife, earning himself the n