SCARLET BANNERS OF LOVE by Sacha Carnegie

SCARLET BANNERS OF LOVE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another pre-packed, robust-y historical dealing with Polish-Russian-Turkish set-to's of the eighteenth century. Kasia Radienska, toothsome Polish aristocrat, tumbles with her true love, Henryk, a neighboring cavalier, in spite of a family feud. Pledging undying love, the two are brutally separated by a Turkish ambush. Henryk appears to have been fatally wounded, and Kasia is whisked off to a Turkish seraglio. Three years and countless Turkish delights later. Kasia escapes to be picked up by a gang of Cossacks. Then follow wearying days on the chilly steppes, bearing a child (who dies) to one of the Cossacks. A chance encounter with an aging Count, however, eventually brings Kasia to St. Petersburg for a reunion with cousin Catherine the Great. And who should be dutifully awaiting a rendevous with Catherine but-Henryk. After appropriate re-uniting noises, Kasia nobly dispatches Henryk to his nocturnal chores. Polish baloney, highly spiced.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1968
Publisher: Dodd, Mead