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Monday, October 17, 2011

French Revolution

My newest story is set during the height of the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. It lasted from September 5, 1793 to July 2, 1794 and saw anywhere between 16,000 and 40,000 killed.

The most notable story about the revolution (La Grande Révolution) is The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Emmuska Orczy. Sir Percy Blakeney, baronet, and the "League of the Scarlet Pimpernel". Percy risks life, limb, and head to rescue French nobles destined for Madame Guillotine.

It's romantic, it's adventurous, and it's theatrical--all hallmarks of a great story. I prefer the 1934 version with Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, and Raymond Massey rather than the TV series from the 2000s.

Does Masque have anything to do with The Scarlet Pimpernel? Yes and takes place during the same era, but there are no dashing English noblemen riding to the rescue across The English Channel to whisk away doomed Frenchmen.

What it does have is sex, menage goodness, love, protection, and terror in escaping Paris before the mob can find them and guillotine.

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