RUPERT OF HENTZAU
Author : Anthony Hope
A man who has lived in the world, marking how every act, although in itself perhaps light and insignificant,
may become the source of consequences that spread far and wide, and flow for years or centuries, could
scarcely feel secure in reckoning that with the death of the Duke of Strelsau and the restoration of King
Rudolf to liberty and his throne, there would end, for good and all, the troubles born of Black Michael's
daring conspiracy. The stakes had been high, the struggle keen; the edge of passion had been sharpened, and
the seeds of enmity sown. Yet Michael, having struck for the crown, had paid for the blow with his life:
should there not then be an end?
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