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The First Sir Percy

(The Scarlet Pimpernel (chronological order) #0.5)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The story starts in 1624 in the Netherlands and concerns the Scarlet Pimpernel's ancestor, Diogenes, aka the first Sir Percy Blakeney. Diogenes and his friends Socrates and Pythagoras swear allegiance to the royalist cause. Their undivided loyalty results in many adventures - and more than one foe. ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1921)
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Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic people, and people who like Baroness Orczy's works
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Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
I didn't know there were more Scarlet Pimpernel books! I grew up on the movie with Jane Seymour. This book is about his relative, (great grandfather maybe) with the same name and the same ability to hide his true abilities until it's too late for the villain.
It took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, it was some splendid times.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So...I read this as an online ebook in the days before I had high-speed internet. To read an ebook on dial-up is an exercise is patience, to say the least, and should give an idea of how enthralling it was. It's an action story, and the trials of the hero and heroine will be sure to wring your heart. ...more
Rosemary Morris
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The First Sir Percy


Baroness Orczy

The First Sir Percy, the sequel to The Laughing Cavalier, by Baroness Orczy was first published in 1921. I should have read The Laughing Cavalier first as I found the first chapters of the sequel a little difficult to follow. However, this did not spoil my enjoyment of the novel.

The First Sir Percy is set in the Netherlands in March 1624 “a torn land divided between loyalty for Maurice of Nassau and the Spanish invaders.

“Fighting for the Maurice of Nassau is a
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Though this was another interesting story, a few things have left me kind of confused. Mostly, is this the Sir Percy from the Scarlet Pimpernel, or is it a predecessor of his? Maybe if I re-read The Scarlet Pimpernel it will help clear things up?

Update: I did a little digging around online that helped clear things up. This book IS about an ancestor (father or grandfather, I couldn't find that) of the Sir Percy Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel. (I wish she'd used a different name, that would'v
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Scarlet Pimpernel fans
Shelves: cheapthrills
An enjoyable read from the Baroness, with a marginally higher ratio of historical detail to melodrama than her books set in the French Revolution. I wondered from some of the names and details if Dorothy Dunnett had been inspired by this novel when writing Niccolò Rising. There are a few details that are not wrapped up in the conclusion; for instance, it's strongly implied that one character is administering poison to another, but never confirmed, while at another time a poison does not work as ...more
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to get to see the characters from The Laughing Cavalier again, especially since the ending of that novel was quite abrupt and didn't give the reader the satisfaction of seeing Diogenes and Gilda happily married. To me, that truly was the highlight of this book: to see them interact a bit more after the events of the kidnapping and plot in The Laughing Cavalier.

Unfortunately there wasn't very much downtime for the couple in this book, as they were essentially painfully separated for m
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven finished a historical friction this fast for some time ,this novel is well written any reader should obtain an copy as soon as possible ,if that reader has enjoyed any of this writer other novels.
Rod Innis
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story by one of my favorite authors. It seems that it is a sequel to "The Laughing Cavalier" but I read it first so I will now have to read "The Laughing Cavalier" as a prequel to the present book. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Not my favorite of the pimpernell series. I skipped around quite alot and the beginning was very slow.
Douglas Hartman
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading "The Scarlet Pimpernel" several years ago, I knew this was an author I liked. This book was a bit less thrilling, but it was still a really enjoyable read. ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable adventures

This is the sequel to The Laughing Cavalier and what a rousing, romantic adventure. Gilda and Diogenes are incomparable. What a story!!! Loved it. Classic.
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It was a little slower at the beginning and dragged a bit. My beloved Percys always gets me though.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites in the series.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book as much as I liked "The Scarlet Pimpernel". I wish that I had read "The Laughing Cavalier" first though. "The First Sir Percy" is about The Scarlet Pimpernels father or grandfather. It was really good, but I'd recommend reading "The Laughing Cavalier" first. I haven't read it, but it does come before "The First Sir Percy". I am attempting to read all of these books in chronological order (not in the order they were published). I found a couple of lists online that help to know ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Okay, it's official. I'm a HUGE Baroness Orczy fan. I want to read every adventure book she's ever written and then turn around and read them again.

This is a perfect continuation of The Laughing Cavalier. It picks up right where it left off...or 3 months later, but still a seamless transition.

I love the way she writes scenes with characters making them seem one way and then later in the book she reveals what they were really doing. So you never know if the character is really that stupid or drun
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who like the Scarlet Pimpernel books
The writing in The First Sir Percy was much tighter than in The Laughing Cavalier, yet I didn't enjoy it quite as much. This is probably due to the fact that Diogenes and Gilda spent much less screen time together. Nevertheless it earned its solid four star rating and left me hungry for more. Bring on the Scarlet Pimpernel!
Oh, and just as a quick note, I recently learned that Emmuska Orczy did not learn English until she was fifteen, with it being the fourth language she learnt. To have only lea
The First Sir Percy is Baroness Emmuska Orczy's second adventure tale revolving around the enigmatic ancestor of the legendary Scarlet Pimpernel. I loved this book. It kept me guessing until the very end, which, believe me is hard to do! I greatly recommend it for anyone who enjoys classic spy novels and mystery. ...more
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to The Laughing Cavalier is a bit more melodramatic, if that is possible. It has a good, convoluted plot but most of the focus is on the formulaically evil villain while Sir Percy and his blushing bride Gilda are almost reduced to supporting characters. Still, it was a fun read.
Laurel Decher
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pre-quel to _The Scarlet Pimpernel_, the famous story about the daring Englishman who rescued French nobility from the guillotine and his beautiful French wife, who may or may not betray him. This novel is set in the Netherlands.
Danie van der Merwe
A good read but predictable ending. The whole story does hinge on Gilda not fleeing the city before it was taken over... Knowing The enemy it was strategically a bad move but there would have been no story if it were otherwise.
Mary Beth
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this story very much. It wasn't easy to read because of the time period and language. I did enjoy the story though. The love story is sweet and yet you wonder if the Laughing Cavalier will prevail! He always does, though!! ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I enjoyed it the first time, I tried reading it again and it's so bad I just couldn't go on! It might be worth reading once if you enjoy romantic, predictable adventure stories; but otherwise it's just not well-written. ...more
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another precursor to "The Scarlet Pimpernel" - a really good story, but I'm more interested in the French Revolution than I am 17th century Holland. ...more
The adventures of the Laughing Cavalier continue. So good!
Oct 08, 2013 marked it as on-hold-for-a-rainy-day  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Swashbucklers
The Sacarlet Pimpernel's predecessor… Can't you see the resemblance between them? ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GReat story - l;ooking forward to ready all the others!
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of "The Laughing Cavalier". It was a decent love story with some violence thrown in. ...more
Katelyn Snell
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This prequel rivals 'The Elusive Pimpernel' for most dramatic/unexpected ending in the series thus far. Baroness Orczy was a genius at drawing out suspense. I read the final 5 chapters in no time. ...more
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Full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian-British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1905). Baroness Orczy's sequels to the novel were less successful. She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories. Among her most popular c ...more

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