A Prince of the Captivity

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A Prince of the Captivity
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AuthorJohn Buchan
PublisherHodder & Stoughton[1]
Publication date
Media typePrint

A Prince of the Captivity is a 1933 novel by the Scottish author John Buchan.


The hero of the novel is Adam Melfort, who marries young to a beautiful but mindless socialite who cannot return his love for her. When she forges her wealthy uncle's signature on a cheque, he takes the blame to save her family's name, and is jailed, losing his army commission in the process. He allows her to divorce him so that she can remarry someone of more similar mind. Released from gaol during World War I, he is recruited as an undercover agent behind enemy lines in Belgium, and later leads an expedition to Greenland to rescue a wealthy American millionaire explorer whose own expedition has met disaster.[2][3][4]


The Greenland expedition episode in the novel was inspired by German scientist Alfred Wegener's fatal 1930 expedition.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "British Library Item details". primocat.bl.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ "A Prince of the Captivity". goodreads.com. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  3. ^ Jones, Sylvia. "A Prince of the Captivity". johnbuchansociety.co.uk. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ Buchan, John (2001). A Prince of the Captivity - Page 74 - Google Books Result. ISBN 9781842327869. Retrieved 25 November 2013.

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