History Literature / LordDarcy

31st Jan '17 8:24:53 PM PaulA
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* {{Arrowgram}}: At the beginning of Michael Kurland's ''A Study in Sorcery'', a company of English soldiers are escorting a group of Native Americans through the lands of another tribe with whom they have a bad history. The chief of the local tribe sends a message arrow into the tent of the head soldier, warning him that they plan to attack and giving him a chance to withdraw his men. (History being somewhat different in this series, the message is written in formal English on mass-produced notepaper with a printed letterhead.)
6th Nov '16 10:21:48 AM Xtifr
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* AmericaIsStillAColony: History diverged around 1199: the Anglo-French Empire is still ruled by a descendant of UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart, and controls most of western Europe as well as America.
14th Oct '16 8:27:27 AM Berrenta
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* RoyalStatesOfAmerica: The War of Independence never happened in this timeline, and the equivalent of the United States is a collection of duchies that owe fealty to the Angevin Empire.
9th Oct '16 7:55:30 PM PaulA
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* RoyalStatesOfAmerica: The War of Independence never happened in this timeline, and the equivalent of the United States is a collection of duchies that owe fealty to the Angevin Empire.
26th Apr '16 2:14:58 AM PaulA
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* ShoutOutLiterature: Various stories guest-star alternate universe versions of other famous detectives and secret agents, not to mention one or two other SF writers.
** One example is found in the novel ''Too Many Magicians''. My Lord the Marquis of London is an [[Literature/NeroWolfe enormously fat man]] who grows rare flowers and leaves all the footwork to his assistant Lord Bontriomphe ("Goodwin", as in Archie Goodwin).
*** And, of course, the novel's title is a reference to several Wolfe stories.
** Another example is a recurring character involved in cases involving counter-espionage: Sir James le Lien (lien = bond).
** "The Ipswich Phial", to ''Film/TheIpcressFile''. And Olga Polovski of the Serka, to "Olga Pulloffski, the Beautiful Spy".[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVeHFoNWlU]]

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* ShoutOutLiterature: Various stories guest-star alternate universe versions of other famous detectives and secret agents, not to mention one or two other SF writers.
** One example is found in the novel ''Too Many Magicians''. My Lord the Marquis of London is an [[Literature/NeroWolfe enormously fat man]] who grows rare flowers and leaves all the footwork to his assistant Lord Bontriomphe ("Goodwin", as in Archie Goodwin).
*** And, of course, the novel's title is a reference to several Wolfe stories.
** Another example is a recurring character involved in cases involving counter-espionage: Sir James le Lien (lien = bond).
** "The Ipswich Phial", to ''Film/TheIpcressFile''. And Olga Polovski of the Serka, to "Olga Pulloffski, the Beautiful Spy".[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVeHFoNWlU]]
%%Shout Outs now have their own page.



* WorldOfPun: Not at the pun-per-paragraph extreme, but the series definitely keeps the punometer ticking away.
** Especially when it comes to the literary shout-outs, which are often veiled behind the French equivalent of CanisLatinicus, as with master-spy James le Lien[[note]]"lien" = "[[Literature/JamesBond bond]]"[[/note]], or the sedentary Marquis of London's invaluable assistant, Lord Bontriomphe[[note]]"bon triomphe" = "[[Literature/NeroWolfe good win]]"[[/note]].
** Also, one story has the local policeman suggest that the victim was attacked by a demon or fire elemental; Master Sean soon disproves the hypothesis, and it seems to have been thrown in largely as an excuse to have somebody say "Elemental, my dear Doctor".

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* WorldOfPun: Not at the pun-per-paragraph extreme, but the series definitely keeps the punometer ticking away.
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away. Especially when it comes to the literary shout-outs, which are often veiled behind the French equivalent of CanisLatinicus, as with master-spy James le Lien[[note]]"lien" Lien.[[note]]"lien" = "[[Literature/JamesBond bond]]"[[/note]], or bond]]"[[/note]] %%Additional examples can go on the sedentary Marquis of London's invaluable assistant, Lord Bontriomphe[[note]]"bon triomphe" = "[[Literature/NeroWolfe good win]]"[[/note]].
** Also, one story has the local policeman suggest that the victim was attacked by a demon or fire elemental; Master Sean soon disproves the hypothesis, and it seems to have been thrown in largely as an excuse to have somebody say "Elemental, my dear Doctor".
Shout Out page.
26th Apr '16 12:54:10 AM BillWoods
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** "The Ipswitch Phial" has Master Sean give Lord Darcy a "tracker", a piece of wood broken and enchanted so that the holder of one piece can tell where the other is.

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** "The Ipswitch Ipswich Phial" has Master Sean give Lord Darcy a "tracker", a piece of wood broken and enchanted so that the holder of one piece can tell where the other is.



** "The Ipswich Phial", to ''Film/TheIpcressFile''. And Olga Polovski of the Serka, to "Olga Pulloffski, the Beautiful Spy".[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVeHFoNWlU]]



* StealthPun: The infamous subplot in ''Too Many Magicians'' involving the uncle from the Isle of Man.

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* StealthPun: The infamous subplot in ''Too Many Magicians'' involving the [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE uncle from the Isle of Man.Man]].
30th Sep '15 5:52:06 PM Vandegraff1
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* MrExposition: Master Sean, who's a teacher when he's not helping bust criminals, has a tendency to accompany every forensic test he does with an explanatory lecture. Lord Darcy encourages him, even when [[AsYouKnow he's seen this test done before]], because [[JustifiedTrope the lecture is never exactly same, so there's always a chance to learn something]]. This habit of Sean's is justified by explaining that he was formerly employed as a university professor in the subject, so he's gotten in the habit of explaining what he's doing to the audience every time he does it.

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* MrExposition: Master Sean, who's a teacher when he's not helping bust criminals, has a tendency to accompany every forensic test he does with an explanatory lecture. Lord Darcy encourages him, even when [[AsYouKnow he's seen this test done before]], because [[JustifiedTrope the lecture is never exactly same, so there's always a chance to learn something]]. This habit of Sean's is justified by explaining that he was formerly employed as a university professor in the subject, so he's gotten in the habit of explaining what he's doing to the audience every time he does it. It's also mentioned that doing so helps him maintain his focus on the task.
2nd Sep '15 9:06:46 PM PaulA
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* ThatOldTimePrescription: The superstitious folk remedies mentioned above under "It Will Never Catch On" are of this type.

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* ThatOldTimePrescription: The superstitious series occasionally shows that medical science dead-ended once magic turned out to be easier by having somebody refer to "superstitious folk remedies mentioned above under "It Will Never Catch On" are of this type.remedies" such as treating wounds with mould or using foxglove extract to treat heart trouble.
2nd Sep '15 9:03:36 PM PaulA
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* AssholeVictim: Count D'Evreux, the victim in "The Eyes Have It", has many personality flaws. The underling who finds his body says outright that he'd always expected the Count to wind up being done in by somebody.
-->'''Marquis of Rouen:''' If Your Highness is looking for motive, I fear there is a superabundance of persons with motive.


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* WhoMurderedTheAsshole: Count D'Evreux, the victim in "The Eyes Have It", has many personality flaws. The underling who finds his body says outright that he'd always expected the Count to wind up being done in by somebody.
-->'''Marquis of Rouen:''' If Your Highness is looking for motive, I fear there is a superabundance of persons with motive.
2nd Sep '15 8:58:50 PM PaulA
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* ExactWords: In "The Napoli Express", Lord Darcy is pretending to be a priest. When an investigator asks if he knows anything about criminology, he says that he has heard the confessions of criminals many times.
** In Kurland's ''A Study In Sorcery'', the Angevin governor of New England guarantees his agents' loyalty with a magically-reinforced oath, by which they swear to be loyal servants to their sovereign and his appointed proxies. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, the oath's wording neglects to ''name'' the sovereign to be served, which means a Polish spy can take the oath without consequence by staying loyal to Poland's monarch.]]

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* ExactWords: ExactWords:
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In "The Napoli Express", Lord Darcy is pretending to be a priest. When an investigator asks if he knows anything about criminology, he says that he has heard the confessions of criminals many times.
** In Kurland's ''A Study In Sorcery'', the Angevin governor of New England guarantees his agents' loyalty with a magically-reinforced oath, by which they swear to be loyal servants to their sovereign and his appointed proxies. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the oath's wording neglects to ''name'' the sovereign to be served, to save having to reconstruct the spell every time a new king takes the throne, which means a Polish spy can take the oath without consequence by staying loyal to Poland's monarch.]]



* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:In Michael Kurland's ''A Study in Sorcery'', an attempt on Lord Darcy's life apparently succeeds, but it's actually a ruse to draw the murderer out of hiding.]]

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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:In In Michael Kurland's ''A Study in Sorcery'', an [[spoiler:an attempt on Lord Darcy's life apparently succeeds, but it's actually a ruse to draw the murderer out of hiding.]]
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