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Sir Percy Blanekey / Scarlet Pimpernel Books In Order

Publication Order of Sir Percy Blakeney Series (Scarlet Pimpernel) Books

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Will Repay (1906) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Elusive Pimpernel (1908) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eldorado (1913) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lord Tony's Wife (1917) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1919) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Sir Percy (1920) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1922) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sir Percy Hits Back (1927) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1929) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scarlet Pimpernel Looks at the World (1933) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sir Percy Leads the Band (1936) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mam'zelle Guillotine (1940) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

The Sir Percy Blanekey, or Scarlet Pimpernel, series of books were written in the early twentieth century by Baroness Emma Orczy. The Hungarian author started writing around the turn of the twentieth century. She was interested in detective stories with many of her works being published in Royal Magazine. In 1903, she wrote a play based on a short story she wrote about Sir Percy Blanekey, a character she developed a few years earlier. The story became the Scarlet Pimpernel and it ended up being a popular stage production in London.

Orczy would write several novels about Blanekey and his associates. She continued to write Scarlet Pimpernel stories as well as many other historical fiction novels and plays. She was a consistent writer who continued to publish various works up to her death in 1947.

Details on the Series

The Sir Percy Blanekey series focuses on the stories of the titular character, or the Scarlet Pimpernel as he is also known. He is an English aristocrat who traveled around revolutionary France to rescue French aristocrats before they could be killed by the government. He is noted for his scarlet pimpernel flower that he always carries with him, hence his nickname.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a powerful man who has great sword skills and knows how to make great escapes when he has to. He is especially known for being mysterious in that only his closest associates know his true identity. He is also supported regularly by his wife, Marguerite Blanekey. The most noteworthy feature of the Scarlet Pimpernel is his fearless demeanor and strong wit as he is always ready to travel out and help people.

Selected Books In the Series

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

The first novel in the Sir Percy Blanekey series is the titular Scarlet Pimpernel. The book is set in 1792 as the French Revolution is just beginning. It is in this book that Marguerite tells Percy about the dangers that she faces from the French government and how many others are at risk of being executed. This leads to the formation of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a grouping of English aristocrats who have been tasked to save the innocent from harm. As Percy learns of the dangers that many French aristocrats have, he and his league of men go on a search to rescue them and to protect his wife from harm.

The Elusive Pimpernel (1908)

The Elusive Pimpernel is a story about a French agent who is out to get his vengeance on the Scarlet Pimpernel for the embarrassment that was laid to him. Chauvelin has long been tasked with the goal of capturing the Pimpernel, a task that he often struggles with. As the story begins, Chauvelin goes out to England to meet the Pimpernel in the hopes of luring him back to France so he can be executed. This soon leads to Marguerite being imprisoned while a woman that Percy had rescued was placed in further jeopardy. But even with Percy’s life being thrown about, he knows that he is ready to take on any challenge that comes his way.

Lord Tony’s Wife (1917)

Yvonne, the daughter of a French leader, escapes from her abusive lifestyle in this story in the series. She escapes into British society after learning that she and others in his social circle are at risk of being abducted and executed by the new French government. She is a prized figure as it is believed that a marriage to her from a Frenchman would help get more funds out to the French royalist movement. But even with her being too young for a marriage, she continues to be a target among many who want to take her and either execute her or have her get married to someone against her will. This leads to friends of her contacting the Scarlet Pimpernel for help, especially as he has a great deal of inside information on what is happening with the government.

Sir Percy Hits Back (1927)

Chauvelin is forced into a sudden position in this later story as he has to contact the Scarlet Pimpernel, his old enemy, for help. This comes as Chauvelin’s daughter is accused of being a traitor and is at risk of being executed. It is up to Percy to help his old enemy and make amends to keep his daughter from harm.

Adaptations

Films

The Scarlet Pimpernel series has been adapted into a variety of films. The Elusive Pimpernel was the first film adaptation as it was made into a film of the same title in 1919. The film starred Cecil Humphreys at Percy. The novel I Will Repay was made into its own film in 1923. The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel was adapted in 1928.

The most noteworthy film adaptation came in 1935 with the release of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Leslie Howard starred as the titular character. Howard’s performance is considered to be the standard for future productions of the story.

The most recent film adaptation was the 1982 edition of the Scarlet Pimpernel. The film starred Anthony Andrews as Percy, Jane Seymour as Marguerite and Ian McKellen as Chauvelin.

Other Adaptations

The character of the Scarlet Pimpernel was adapted for many other series. From 1952 to 1953, fifty episodes of a radio drama featuring the Pimpernel were produced in the United Kingdom. Marius Goring starred as the Pimpernel. Goring would reprise the role in 1956 in a television series that ran on ITV.

The Scarlet Pimpernel television series from 1999 to 2000 was another prominent adaptation. The series aired on BBC One and lasted six episodes. Richard E. Grant starred as Percy with Elizabeth McGovern as Marguerite.

The Scarlet Pimpernel has also been performed as a stage play around the world. It would be made into its own musical in 1997 with music by Frank Wildhorn and the book and lyrics by Nan Knighton. The show was featured on Broadway for years and starred Douglas Sills as the title character. It also received multiple Tony nominations in 1998.

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