First edition cover
|Author||George MacDonald Fraser|
|Cover artist||Arthur Barbosa|
|Publisher||Barrie & Jenkins|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PZ4.F8418 Fp PR6056.R287|
|Followed by||Flash for Freedom!|
Royal Flash is set during the Revolutions of 1848. The story features Lola Montez and Otto von Bismarck as major characters, and fictionalises elements of the Schleswig-Holstein Question, 1843, 1847 and 1848. It is set in the fictional Duchy of Strackenz, making it the only Flashman novel to be set in a fictitious location.
Other characters include:
- Prince Edward
- Lillie Langtry
- Ludwig I of Bavaria
- John Gully
- Nicholas Ward
- Lord Conyngham
- Richard Wagner
- Franz Liszt
- Oscar Wilde
- Henry Irving
- Karl Marx
- Lord Palmerston
- Viscount Peel
- Jefferson Davis
The book is loosely based on the plot of The Prisoner of Zenda. Flashman explains that this is because the story was plagiarised from him by its author, Anthony Hope. In a letter, Fraser wrote that during his researches into an earlier Flashman book he had discovered that in real life Bismarck and Lola Montez had been in London at the same time. He added that it had been too good an opportunity to miss.
- Letter from George MacDonald Fraser in the Glenn Christodoulou Collection
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