Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Princess in Distress

A Princess in Distress is #90 in the Bantam series and was published in September 1978. It is the story of Princess Mariska, whose husband was injured by a terrorist bomb on their wedding day and is now confined to a wheelchair. He forces Mariska to spy on Lord Arkley as war clouds are forming over Europe in 1905. How Lord Arkley saves her from her abusive husband and they find love is the plot of this romance by Barbara Cartland!

Francis Marshall paints a scene of our hero rescuing the heroine from her wheelchair bound husband. Note the pistol and the sheerness of her lingerie! The orange lamps brighten up a somber background, too.

Europe was bracing for war during this time with the European countries allying themselves with and against each other. The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria began the chain of events that began WW1.

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