Anthony Hope's swashbuckling romance transports his English gentleman hero, Rudolf Rassendyll, from a comfortable life in London to fast-moving adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land steeped in political intrigue. Rassendyll bears a striking resemblance to Rudolf Elphberg who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania. When the rival to throne, Black Michael of Strelsau, attempts to seize power by imprisoning Elphberg in the Castle of Zenda, Rassendyll is obliged to impersonate the King to uphold the rightful sovereignty and ensure political stability. Rassendyll endures a trial of strength in his encounters with the notorious Rupert of Hentzau, and a test of a different sort as he grows to love the Princess Flavia. Five times filmed, The Prisioner of Zenda has been deservedly popular as a classic of romance and adventure since its publication in 1894. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
A level 3 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. This version includes an audio book: listen to the story as you read. Retold for Learners of English by Diane Mowat. 'We must leave for Zenda at once, to find the King!' cried Sapt. 'If we're caught, we'll all be killed!' So Rudolf Rassendyll and Sapt gallop through the night to find the King of Ruritania. But the King is now a prisoner in the Castle of Zenda. Who will rescue him from his enemies, the dangerous Duke Michael and Rupert of Hentzau? And who will win the heart of the beautiful Princess Flavia?
Rudolf leaves London for Ruritania. He bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudolf, who is about to be crowned King. A rival attempts to seize power and Rudolf impersonates the King to help maintain political stability. He endures a trial of strength with the infamous Rupert of Hentzau, and a quite different test as falls for Princess Flavia.
Lauded as a canonical adventure tale, Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda does not miss an action-packed beat. Rudolf Rassendyll, an Englishman, travels to Ruritania expecting a normal vacation. But when he discovers that a very distant and nearly identical cousin is to be crowned king of Ruritania, things take a turn for the strange. His cousin, Rudolph IV, falls for a plot to take the crown and Rudolf Rassendyll must act as temporary king. What ensues is a swashbuckling adventure with just the right amount of action, romance, and mystery—an absolute must for adventure fans of all ages. Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, this Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms. For more classic titles like this, visit www.diversionbooks.com/ebooks/diversion-classics
The Prisoner of Zenda (1894), by Anthony Hope, is an adventure novel in which the King of Ruritania is drugged on the eve of his coronation and thus is unable to attend the ceremony. Political forces within the realm are such that, in order for the king to retain the crown, his coronation must proceed. Fortuitously, an English gentleman on holiday in Ruritania who resembles the monarch is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an effort to save the unstable political situation of the interregnum.
Rudolf Rassendyll, a peace loving English gentleman goes to Ruritania on a secret visit. By a strange quirk of fate, Rassendyll happens to look like Rudolf the Fifth, the real heir to the throne of Ruritania, who is imprisoned in the castle of Zenda by Black Michael the evil Duke of Strelsau. Rudolf Rassendyll impersonates as Rudolf the Fifth and is coronated. He falls in love with a beautiful princess, but being duty bound, he draws up a plan to free the real king from the clutches of Black Michael and restores him his kingdom.
'We must leave for Zenda at once, to find the King!' cried Sapt. 'If we're caught, we'll all be killed!' So Rudolf Rassendyll and Sapt gallop through the night to find the King of Ruritania. But the King is now a prisoner in the Castle of Zenda. Who will rescue him from his enemies, the dangerous Duke Michael and Rupert of Hentzau? And who will win the heart of the beautiful Princess Flavia?
In this timeless adventure classic novel, the hero, an English gentleman travels from the comfortable life of London to fast-paced adventures in Ruritania in search of his beloved. It has all the elements of an adventure book: travel to a distant country, nefarious villains, royalty and beautiful damsels that get one thrilled to the bones. Recommended for adventure lovers.