History Literature / ThePrisonerOfZenda

13th Jul '16 4:59:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Rudolf, and this trait is associated with the royal family of Ruritania.
9th Jul '16 12:01:27 PM Divra
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* RedBaron: Prince Michael, Duke of Strelsau, is very rarely referred to by any other name than "Black Michael".
30th May '16 11:41:37 AM Solle
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A modern reader might sympathize with Black Michael (the King's brother, kidnapper, and attempted usurper of the throne) because the King is introduced as a somewhat irresponsible and flippant individual, and because some quarters of the population prefer Michael to Rudolf. In the book itself, however, Michael is portrayed as cowardly and treacherous, while his supporters among the people are mostly dismissed as being of a "largely criminal" class and King Rudolf is stated to be preferred by other parts of the populace.

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A modern reader might sympathize When Rudolf is forced to keep up the pretense for longer than a simple coronation, he finds himself having to deal with Duke Black Michael (the Michael: the King's brother, kidnapper, and attempted usurper of the throne) because throne. He also becomes acquainted with Flavia, the King is introduced as a somewhat irresponsible and flippant individual, and because some quarters of King's beautiful young cousin... who suddenly finds herself more attracted to the population prefer Michael to Rudolf. In the book itself, however, Michael is portrayed as cowardly and treacherous, while his supporters among the people are mostly dismissed as being of a "largely criminal" class and King Rudolf is stated to be preferred by other parts of the populace.
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30th May '16 11:38:57 AM Solle
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''The Prisoner of Zenda'' is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. The king of the fictional country of {{Ruritania}} is abducted on the eve of his coronation, and the hero, an [[MightyWhitey English gentleman]] on holiday who fortuitously resembles the monarch, is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an attempt to save the situation.

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''The Prisoner of Zenda'' is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. The king of the fictional country of {{Ruritania}} is abducted on the eve of his coronation, and the hero, an [[MightyWhitey English gentleman]] on holiday who fortuitously resembles the monarch, monarch due to being his distant cousin, is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an attempt to save the situation.
28th Apr '16 8:20:08 AM Specialist290
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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyll (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history.

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* UnbuiltTrope: Despite being the trope namer for tiny, fictional backwaters Hope's Ruritania is apparently at least a middling sized, reasonably modern (by late 19th century standards) kingdom. Zenda itself has a handsome modern chateau built around the medieval castle, the capital city of Streslau is described by Rassendyll (a Londoner no less) as a "great city" and the narrative even notes the kingdom has played important roles in European history. It's essentially the [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic Austro-Hungarian Empire]] with the serial numbers filed off.
22nd Apr '16 7:18:47 PM Divra
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* {{Ruritania}}

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* {{Ruritania}}{{Ruritania}}: The TropeNamer, with a few splashes of UnbuiltTrope (See Unbuilt Trope below)
15th Feb '16 10:42:59 PM PaulA
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* HighDiveEscape: Former TropeNamer: Rupert dives into the moat to escape from Zenda, though Rudolf pursues him into the forest. Rupert's final escape comes when he steals a horse from a passing peasant girl.

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* HighDiveEscape: Former TropeNamer: Rupert dives into the moat to escape from Zenda, though Rudolf pursues him into the forest. Rupert's final escape comes when he steals a horse from a passing peasant girl.



* {{Ruritania}}: The TropeNamer.

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* {{Ruritania}}: The TropeNamer.{{Ruritania}}
15th Feb '16 10:41:09 PM PaulA
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* AffablyEvil, EnigmaticMinion, ReliableTraitor, MagnificentBastard and TheStarscream: All good descriptors of Rupert of Hentzau.

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* AffablyEvil, EnigmaticMinion, ReliableTraitor, MagnificentBastard and TheStarscream: All good descriptors of AffablyEvil: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* EnigmaticMinion: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* MagnificentBastard: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* ReliableTraitor: Rupert of Hentzau.


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* TheStarscream: Rupert of Hentzau.
15th Feb '16 11:42:48 AM jamespolk
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The 1937 Ronald Colman [[Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda film version]] is generally considered to be the best of the cinematic versions and one of the best [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbucklers]] ever made, though it changes some details, as in introducing Hentzau near the beginning and making Flavia a blonde. It launched the career of DavidNiven (von Tarlenheim) and proved that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Hentzau) could play a convincing villain.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: The 1937 Ronald Colman Creator/RonaldColman [[Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda film version]] is generally considered to be the best of the cinematic versions and one of the best [[{{Swashbuckler}} swashbucklers]] ever made, though it changes some details, as in introducing Hentzau near the beginning and making Flavia a blonde. It launched the career of DavidNiven Creator/DavidNiven (von Tarlenheim) and proved that Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Hentzau) could play a convincing villain.
25th Nov '15 4:38:34 PM Divra
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would be enough to sate his ambition (it wasn't).

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* AristocratsAreEvil: Michael is a double subversion. He is an aristocrat (Duke of Strelsau and a Prince, if not in line to the throne because his parents' marriage was morganatic). He subverts it by being an evil Duke, since Dukes tend to be good. He then subverts that when it's pointed out that his father specifically gave him a freshy freshly created duchy (which is ruled from the capital city, no less) in the hopes that being the second-most powerful noble in the kingdom would be enough to sate his ambition (it wasn't).
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