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Continuing the journey through Ruritania, but jumping back a century and a half to the days of Rudolf III (of whom one hears briefly in Zenda) and his sister Osra. From this book we learn:

- men are like lemmings;
- Henry the Lion was a dangerous nutter even by Ruritanian standards;
- everybody is somebody else's cousin.

The book is based on a premise, namely, everyone falls in love with Princess Osra, that becomes rather tiresome, but I continue to have a massive crush on the Bishop of Modenstein.
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I thought I had read everything that Norman Hunter ever wrote by the time I was 10. But no! Here is some more! It's set in the same 'verse as The Dribblesome Teapots (and, apparently, as Professor Branestawm, since he is referenced as living in England) and is more of the same comedy Ruritanian shenanigans. One rather cringes, now, at the procession of 'oriental potentates' with silly names. (Everybody has a silly name, of course, but...) Apart from that, good fun.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/9948222
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Re-read, because it's awesome - though, as always, I am thrown by the narrator not being Rudolf Rassendyll (not that I have anything against Fritz; it's just confusing). And I blush to admit it, but the end still makes me cry. A bit. Next up: The Heart of Princess Osra. I wonder whether anyone's reprinted that recently?

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