Scarlet Pimpernel is one of the great world's great literary
characters which is set in the 18th century against the backdrop
of the French Revolution.
The book was written by a real baroness - a young woman forced
to flee her native Hungary because of fear of a peasent revolt
against the ruling class. Her ficticious character, Sir Percy
Blakeney, is the leader of a secret society of English aristocrats
called the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
As the Pimpernel, he rescues French aristocrats who have been
condemned to death by the blade of the guillotine.
The Scarlet Pimpernel takes his nickname from the small red
flower with which he signs his messages.
No one except his small group of followers, and possibly the
Prince of Wales, knows his true identity.
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The Scarlet Pimpernel flower
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