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Under the Fleur-de-Lis

H. C. Bailey

Publisher: DigiCat

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In 'Under the Fleur-de-Lis,' H.C. Bailey crafts a riveting novelette that transports readers to an intriguing past filled with danger and nobility. Written in an evocatively succinct style, the story unfolds with an immediacy that is characteristic of the Adventure magazine's offerings, where it first appeared. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century literature, when historical fiction enjoyed widespread popularity, Bailey's narrative captivates with a blend of suspense and period detail. The encounter of Sylvain de St Lo with his would-be assailants establishes a tension that both frames the historical context and ignites interest in the fate of the protagonist under the shadow of the old French monarchy symbol, the fleur-de-lis.

Henry Christopher Bailey, known for his detective fiction featuring the character Reggie Fortune, brings his capacity for tight plotting and deep characterization to this standalone tale. The environment of post-World War I, during which Bailey was writing, no doubt influenced the thematic undercurrents of national identity and honor that permeate the text. Such themes reflect the post-war reassessment of values and the allure of an idealized, chivalrous past that provided an escapist contrast to the contemporary traumas of Bailey's own time.

Replete with a spirit of adventure and historical curiosity, 'Under the Fleur-de-Lis' is undoubtedly recommended for enthusiasts of classic adventure tales and historical fiction aficionados. The novelette promises a quick but immersive journey into a past era, revealing the subtle artistry of Bailey's narrative power. Readers looking for a literary escape will find in Sylvain de St Lo's tale a testament to the bravery and resilience of the human spirit.
Available since: 06/03/2022.
Print length: 28 pages.

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