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LORD TONY’S WIFE, by Baroness Orczy is the 5th book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. It was first published in 1917. The year is 1780 and Pierre Adet, a young French peasant, is incensed at the unfair treatment of the localMoreLORD TONY’S WIFE, by Baroness Orczy is the 5th book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. It was first published in 1917. The year is 1780 and Pierre Adet, a young French peasant, is incensed at the unfair treatment of the local peasantry, who are no more better off than slaves to the local aristo. His brother-in-law is about to be hanged for poaching two pigeons from the woods belonging to the Duc de Kernogan in Nantes and this proves the final straw. After months of planning Pierre leads a mob against the Duc against the advice of his father. Before the mob have had the chance to storm the Chateau, they come across the Ducs daughter Yvonne returning home and attack her carriage. Shortly afterwards the Ducs private army arrive and dispatch the mob. Adet is seriously injured and seeks refuge from a local priest before fleeing Nantes and the death sentence which has been passed on him. Determined that someone must pay for the incident, the Duc de Kernogan ensures that Pierres father is hanged for his sons crime. By the time Pierre finds out it is too late and he is driven to seek revenge against the Duc and his daughter. Its now 1793 and Adet is living in England under the alias of Martin-Roget. He has spent the intervening years educating himself and with the aid of an introductory letter, obtained by blackmailing the Bishop of Brest, has ingratiated himself into English society -- to the extent that he has gained the favour of the Duc de Kernogan (who is now living near Bath) and is Yvonnes favoured suitor. Needless to say, both Yvonne and her father are ignorant of Martin-Rogets true identity and are unaware that he is seeking revenge.