Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The Scarlet Pimpernel is the original masked hero adventure story. During the French Revolution a secret society of English gentlemen is formed by the enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel, to rescue their fellow French nobility. Marguerite's brother is threatened by a Frenchman, who demands information on the Scarlet Pimpernel in return for her brother's safety. Marguerite makes the exchange only to discover that her boring fop of a husband is the...
Baroness Orczy's classic adventure novel El Dorado is the sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel and was first published in 1913. Set in 1794's Paris - which "despite the horrors that had stained her walls - has remained a city of pleasure, and the knife of the guillotine did scarce descend more often than did the drop-scenes on the stage."
The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, published in 1919, is one of Baroness Orczy's sequels to The Scarlet Pimpernel. It contains eleven short stories that detail Sir Percy Blakeney's adventures in rescuing aristocrats and citizens alike from the fate of the guillotine.