The Emperor's Candlesticks

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The Emperor's Candlesticks
Emperorscandlesticks1899.jpg
1899 1st edition
Author Baroness Orczy
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Adventure, Historical novel
Publisher C. Arthur Pearson
Publication date
1899
Media type Print (Hardback)
ISBN NA

The Emperor's Candlesticks is a historical novel by Baroness Orczy. Written soon after the birth of her son John, it is her first book as an author rather than translator and was a commercial failure. As in the Scarlet Pimpernel, the theme is international intrigue, but this time the setting is pre-World War One Europe and Russia rather than Revolutionary France.

Plot introduction[edit]

When a group of Russian anarchists kidnap a Russian prince in Vienna there are repercussions. On learning that the Cardinal d'Orsay has agreed to convey some hollow candlesticks from the Emperor to the Princess Marionoff in St Petersburg, two spies both see the possibility of using them to convey messages safely into Russia.

One is an eager young idealist involved in the plot against the prince, the other is Madame Demidoff, a beautiful agent of the Tsar.

When the candlesticks go missing at the border, the two engage in a race to get them back, both realizing that their very lives could depend on the retrieval.

Adaptations[edit]

Two film adaptations were made: