These Old Shades

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Set in the Georgian period, about 20 years before the Regency, These Old Shades is considered to be the book that launched Heyer's career. It features two of Heyer's most memorable characters: Justin Alastair, the Duke of Avon, and Leonie, whom he rescues from a life of ignomy and comes to love and marry. The Duke is known for his coldness of manner, his remarkable omniscience, and his debauched lifestyle. Late one evening, he is accosted by a young person dressed in ragged boy's clothing running away from a brutal rustic guardian. The Duke buys "Leon" and makes the child his page. "Leon" is in fact Leonie, and she serves the Duke with deep devotion. When he uncovers the true story of her birth, he wreaks an unforgettable revenge on her sinister father in a chilling scene of public humiliation. PRAISE FOR GEORGETTE HEYER: "Our Georgette Heyer display of the Sourcebooks reprints has been a huge success, not only to those early fans like myself, but to many new readers who appreciate her style and wit." Nancy Olson, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC "Reading Georgette Heyer is the next best thing to reading Jane Austen." Publishers Weekly "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to." Katie Fforde "Absolute monarch of the Regency romance." Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Georgette Heyer wrote over fifty novels, including Regency romances, mysteries, and historical fiction. She was known as the Queen of Regency romance, and was legendary for her research, historical accuracy, and her extraordinary plots and characterizations.

Table of Contents

His Grace of Avon Buys a Soulp. 1
Introducing the Comte de Saint-Virep. 13
Which Tells of a Debt Unpaidp. 27
His Grace of Avon Becomes Further Acquainted with his Pagep. 33
His Grace of Avon Visits Versaillesp. 49
His Grace of Avon Refuses to Sell his Pagep. 65
Satan and Priest at Onep. 79
Hugh Davenant is Amazedp. 93
Léon and Léoniep. 103
Lady Fanny's Virtue is Outragedp. 113
Mr Marling's Heart is Wonp. 129
His Grace of Avon's Wardp. 135
The Education of Léoniep. 143
The Appearance on the Scene of Lord Rupert Alastairp. 151
Lord Rupert Makes the Acquaintance of Léoniep. 163
The Coming of the Comte de Saint-Virep. 173
Of a Capture, a Chase, and Confusionp. 179
The Indignation of Mr Manversp. 189
Lord Rupert Wins the Second Trickp. 201
His Grace of Avon Takes Command of the Gamep. 217
The Discomfiture of the Comte de Saint-Virep. 227
The Arrival of Another Player in the Gamep. 241
Mr Marling Allows Himself to be Persuadedp. 251
Hugh Davenant is Agreeably Surprisedp. 263
Léie Curtsies to the Polite Worldp. 275
The Presentation of Léonie
The Hand of Madame de Verchoureuxp. 307
The Comte de Saint-Vire Discovers an Ace in his Handp. 321
The Disappearance of Léoniep. 329
His Grace of Avon Trumps the Comte's Acep. 341
His Grace of Avon Wins Allp. 359
His Grace of Avon Astonishes Everyone for the Last Timep. 369
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