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During the French Revolution, many members of the upper class fell victim to the Guillotine. The Scarlet Pimpernel takes place during this terrifying and exciting period. Percy and Marguerite Blakeney, prominent members of British society, become embroiled in a political intrigue when they are linked with the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a group of Englishmen who rescue the innocent from the hands of the revolutionaries. With this story, Baroness Orczy pioneered the character of the master of disguise.