The Mad King

The Mad King

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by Edgar Rice Burroughs
     
 

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The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The Mad King is a Ruritanian romance by "Tarzan" creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, originally published in two parts as "The Mad King" and "Barney Custer of Beatrice" in All-Story Weekly, in 1914 and 1915, respectively.

The story is Burrough's version of the then popular Ruritanian romance exemplified by Anthony Hope's The

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The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

The Mad King is a Ruritanian romance by "Tarzan" creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, originally published in two parts as "The Mad King" and "Barney Custer of Beatrice" in All-Story Weekly, in 1914 and 1915, respectively.

The story is Burrough's version of the then popular Ruritanian romance exemplified by Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau. Set in Europe immediately before and during World War I, Burroughs' story differs from the Hope books in a number of details, though sharing much of their basic plot.

The main difference between this story and Hope's two books is the portrayal of the rightful king as an actual antagonist to Barney, especially in the second part of the book, where he is as much a villain as Prince Peter and the Austrians. The other significant difference is the fact that the protagonist lives happily ever after with his princess, unlike the far more tragic ending of the "Zenda" series. Also, in The Mad King, Prince Peter is a clear villain, unlike Hope's more nuanced Duke Michael, who apparently is popular with the commoners. In Burroughs's story the role of the common people's hero is taken by a secondary character, Prince Von Der Tann; Prince Peter is universally reviled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419171123
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/20/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 - March 19, 1950) was an American writer best known for his creations of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.

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Mad King 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. The Mad King [c.1926]. 188p. **1/2 Adventure through misadventure. The story is set in pre-WWI Eastern Europe, in the small kingdom of Lutha, which borders Austria and Serbia. The kingdom has been ruled for the recent ten years by a Regent. The young king, known to his countrymen as “the Mad King,” has been locked away unseen all these years, but has recently escaped. A young American enters Lutha to visit his mother’s homeland and is immediately recognized as the young king based solely upon the description in a flyer nailed to every flat surface in the kingdom – a flyer which hints that capture of the “mad king” may be alive or dead. Barney Custer of Nebraska is thrust into the intrigue surrounding the missing king, the Regent seeking to be crowned king, and the coming Austrian-Serbian war. The plot roughly follows the much earlier and oft-filmed tale, The Prisoner of Zenda [1894]. The writing style is typical of the time – no flowery prose -- the strapping, virtuous main character is developed, the others to a much lesser extent. Plots, counter-plots, sword-play, heroes, villains, a car chase [!], and the true king’s betrothed as a love-interest. Easy to read, plot always moving – appears to have originally been a magazine serial as were many of Boroughs’ works. Probably won’t make you laugh or cry, but worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago