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Rupert of Hentzau

Anthony Hope

Book Overview: 

This is the sequel to ‘The Prisoner of Zenda‘. Five years have passed. The King has become jealous of Rudolf Rassendyll and suspicious of the queen (Flavia)’s feelings towards him. Flavia decides that this must be the last year in which she sends to Rudolf the single red rose that betokens her love, and therefore she also sends via Fritz von Tarlenheim, her letter of good-bye.

Count Rupert of Hentzau, banished from Ruritania after the incidents of the earlier book, is plotting his return. In furtherance of his scheme he obtains both letter and rose, and plots to place them before the King. Rudolf, Fritz and Sapt must prevent this at all costs

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Take it off!" he said. "Take it off. I won't have a gray beard! Take it off!' Well what would you? A man is free to be shaved if he chooses, so much more a king. So it's taken off."

"His beard!"

"His beard, my dear Count." Then, after thanking Heaven it was gone, and declaring he looked ten years younger, he cried, "The Count of Luzau-Rischenheim breakfasts with me to-day: what is there for breakfast?" And he had the chef out his of bed and—"But, by heavens, I shall get into trouble if I stop here chattering. He's waiting most eagerly for you. Come along." And Bernenstein, passing his arm through the count's, walked him rapidly into the castle.

The Count of Luzau-Rischenheim was a young man; he was no more versed in affairs of this kind than Bernenstein, and it cannot be said that he showed so much aptitude for them. He was decidedly pale this morning; his manner was uneasy, and his hands trembled. He did not lack courage, but that . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Argh. Argh. Argh. Argh. Argh. Argh. Argh. Argh. Argh.

I thought the ending to The Prisoner of Zenda was frustrating and melancholy? Well, Anthony Hope doubled down on that with this book.


I mean, the ending makes sense, and it's really quite fitting, but I am still greatly displeased by it. So t

While Prisoner of Zenda was a fun adventure, this last in the trilogy is more pensive and multilayered.

The relationship between the King and Queen is understandably strained after what happened because 1) the King is a weak character whose egotism turns to excessive reassurance seeking and 2) the Qu

2.5 – 3 stars
Rupert of Hentzau is an enjoyable swashbuckler, though I remember The Prisoner of Zenda being better. We rejoin the major players remaining from the first novel three years later when a new crisis threatens the queen’s honour (she’s not very bright, alas) and the dastardly rogue Rupert

A major theme that runs through much of great literature is the conflict betweeen Duty and Love. In "The Aeneid", Virgil has Aeneas choose duty over love. This conclusion was the majority opinion throughout Western history up until the time of the Romantics, who elevated Love above Duty. In a partic

I bought this book in Pembroke. This detail is almost irrelevant, except that Pembroke is one of my favourite towns in West Wales and has an extremely impressive castle. But it's not really like the castles of Ruritania, which are probably more Germanic looking.

I finished re-reading The Prisoner of

A sequel that is not as good as the original: the plot is weaker and requires a lot of behind-the-scenes explanations and jumping around the timetable to keep the subplots together. The change in narrator also doesn't help, as Fritz is not present for a good part of the events in the book and it's n

بدأت بتوقعات كبيرة.. و لكن مع مرور الصفحات بدات أشعر بخيبة أمل قوية..

عندما تجد رواية تحمل اسم احد الشخصيات فلابد أن تتوقع أن تكون تلك الشخصية متواجدة في نصف الرواية على الأقل.. لكن للغرابة لا نجد روبرت يظهر سوى في اربع مشاهد طوال احداث الرواية تقريبا..
هو ببساطة الغائب الحاضر.. غائب جسديا .. و لكنه

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