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Fortune's Fool

At first he had protested against the extravagance of the entertainment. But his protests had been laughed aside with good-humoured scorn. His hostess knew a gentleman when she saw one, he was assured, and knew how a gentleman should be entertained. Unsuspicious of the designs upon him, he never dreamed that the heavy debt he was incurring was one of the coils employed by this cunning huntress in which to bind him. -from "Chapter 1: The Hostess of the Paul's Head" Often spoken of in the same breath as Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas, Rafael Sabatini wrote thrilling tales of swashbuckling derring-do that were tremendous bestsellers in his day and have delighted generations of readers since. This 1922 novel, set in Reformation-era England, follows the misfortunes and misadventures of Randal Holles, a former soldier adrift without a war to fight... though the one threatening to erupt with Holland may be his grim salvation. Replete with intrigue, kidnapping, regicide, and...

Издательство: "Книга по Требованию" (2005)

ISBN: 9781596056091

Rafael Sabatini

Rafael Sabatini (April 29, 1875 - February 13, 1950) was an Italian/British writer of novels of romance and adventure.


Rafael Sabatini was born in Jesi, Italy to an English mother and Italian father. His parents were opera singers who became teachers.

At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, living with his grandfather in England, attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he returned to England to live permanently, he was the master of five languages. He quickly added a sixth language — English — to his linguistic collection. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English."

After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. In 1905 he married Ruth Goad Dixon, the daughter of a Liverpool merchant. It took Sabatini roughly a quarter of a century of hard work before he attained success with "Scaramouche" in 1921. This brilliant novel of the French Revolution became an international best-seller. It was followed by the equally successful "Captain Blood" in 1922. All of his earlier books were rushed into reprints, the most popular of which was "The Sea Hawk" from 1915. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. While he perhaps didn't achieve the mammoth success of "Scaramouche" and "Captain Blood", nonetheless Sabatini still maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. The public knew that in picking up a Sabatini book, they could always count upon a good read, and his following was loyal and extensive.

His only son, Rafael-Angelo (nicknamed Binkie), was killed in a car crash on April 1, 1927.In 1931, he and his wife Ruth divorced. Later that year he moved from London to Hay-on-Wye. In 1935 he married the sculptor Christine Goad, his former sister-in-law.They suffered a further tragedy when Christine's son, Lancelot, flew over their house the day he received his RAF wings. The plane went out of control and crashed in flames before their eyes.

By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. He died February 13, 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland. On his head stone his wife had written, "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad," the first line of his best-known work, Scaramouche.

He is best known for his world-wide bestsellers:
*"The Sea Hawk" (1915), a tale of the Spanish Armada and the pirates of the Barbary Coast;
*"Scaramouche" (1921), a tale of the French Revolution in which a fugitive hides out in a commedia dell'arte troupe;
*"Captain Blood" (1922), in which the title character is admiral of a fleet of pirate ships (Sabatini also wrote two sequels); and
* "Bellarion the Fortunate" (1926), about a cunning young man who finds himself immersed in the politics of fifteenth-century Italy.The first three of these books have been made into notable films in the sound era -- in 1940, 1952, and 1935, respectively. However, the silent films of his novels, less well known, are also notable. His second novel was made into a famous "lost" film, "Bardelys the Magnificent", directed in 1926 by King Vidor with John Gilbert in the lead, and long viewable only in a fragment excerpted in Vidor's silent comedy "Show People". A few intact reels have recently been discovered in Europe. Two silent adaptations of Sabatini novels which do survive intact are Rex Ingram's "Scaramouche" (1923) starring Ramon Novarro, and "The Sea Hawk" (1924) directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Milton Sills. This is actually a more faithful adaptation than the 1940 remake with Errol Flynn. A 1924 silent version of "Captain Blood", starring J. Warren Kerrigan, is partly lost, surviving only in an incomplete copy in the Library of Congress.

In all, he produced thirty one novels, eight short story collections, six nonfiction books, numerous uncollected short stories, and a play.




* "Scaramouche" (1921)
* "Scaramouche the Kingmaker" (1931)

Captain Blood

* "Captain Blood" (1922) (also known as "Captain Blood His Odyssey")
* "Captain Blood Returns "(also known as "The Chronicles of Captain Blood ",1931)
* "The Fortunes of Captain Blood "(1936) (N.B. "Captain Blood Returns" and "The Fortunes of Captain Blood" are not sequels, but collections of short stories set entirely within the timeframe of the original novel.)


* "The Lovers of Yvonne" (also known as "The Suitors of Yvonne ",1902)
* "The Tavern Knight" (1904)
* "Bardelys the Magnificent" (1905)
* "The Trampling of the Lilies" (1906)
* "Love-At-Arms: Being a narrative excerpted from the chronicles of Urbino during the dominion of the High and Mighty Messer Guidobaldo da Montefeltro" (1907)
* "The Shame of Motley" (1908)
* "St. Martin's Summer" (1909)
* "Mistress Wilding" (also known as "Anthony Wilding ",1910)
* "The Lion's Skin" (1911)
* "The Strolling Saint" (1913)
* "The Gates of Doom" (1914)
* "The Sea Hawk" (1915)
* "The Snare" (1917)
* "Fortune's Fool" (1923)
* "The Carolinian" (1924)
* "Bellarion the Fortunate" (1926)
* "The Hounds of God" (1928)
* "The Romantic Prince" (1929)
* "The King's Minion" (also known as "The Minion ",1930)
* "The Black Swan" (1932)
* "The Stalking Horse" (1933)
* "Venetian Masque" (1934)
* "Chivalry" (1935)
* "Scaramis" (1936')
* "The Lost King' (1937)
* "The Sword of Islam" (1939)
* "The Marquis of Carabas" (also known as "Master-At-Arms ",1940)
* "Columbus" (1941)
* "King In Prussia" (also known as "The Birth of Mischief ",1944)
* "The Gamester" (1949)
* "Saga of the sea" (1953)
* "The Treasure Ship" (2004)


* "The Justice of the Duke "(1912)
* "The Banner of the Bull "(1915)
* "The Nuptials of Corbal "(1927)
* "The Reaping "(1929)
* "Turbulent Tales "(1946)
*" Sinner, Saint And Jester: A Trilogy in Romantic Adventure (omnibus, 1954)
* "In the Shadow of the Guillotine" (Omnibus comprising "Scaramouche", "The Marquis of Carabas" and "The Lost King ",1955)
* "A Fair Head of Angling Stories "(1989)
* "The Fortunes of Casanova and Other Stories " (1994, stories originally published 1907-21 & 1934)
*" The Outlaws of Falkensteig "(2000, stories originally published 1900-2)
* "The Camisade: And Other Stories of the French Revolution "(2001, stories originally published 1900-16)


* "The Tyrant: An Episode in the Career of Cesare Borgia, a Play in Four Acts "(1925)

Anthologies edited

* "A Century of Sea Stories "(1935)
* "A Century of Historical Stories "(1936)

Non fiction

* "The Life of Cesare Borgia "(1912)
* "Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition "(1913)
* "The Historical Nights' Entertainment "(1917)
* "Heroic Lives "(1934)


Sabatini's epitaph, on his gravestone in Adelboden, is the first line from "Scaramouche":

External links

* [ Rafael]
*gutenberg author|id=Rafael_Sabatini|name=Rafael Sabatini
* [ Works by Rafael Sabatini] at [ Project Gutenberg of Australia]
* [ Works by Rafael Sabatini] at Internet Archive. Scanned, illustrated original editions.
* [ Rafael Sabatini Dustjacket Gallery]
* [ Sabatini Timeline] , a chronology of events in Sabatini's works

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