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First published in 1867, Under Two Flags tells the story of young Bertie Cecil, star horseman, pride of the Queen's guards, and heir to the Royallieu fortune.
Bertie is forced to flee England when he accepts the blame for a scandal that threatens the honour of his mistress and the reputation of his younger brother.
Faking his death, Cecil heads to Algeria, where he enlists anonymously in the French Foreign Legion and serves under the French flag.
When Cecil is forced to make a choice between the two flags of England and France, a terrible sacrifice will have to be made, which will lead to tragedy.
Under the pen name of Ouida, English author Marie Louise de la Ramée (1839-1908) wrote many popular novels in the 1870s and 80s. During her career, Ouida wrote more than 40 novels, children's books and collections of short stories and essays. Eccentric and ostentatious (she loved purple writing paper and Lord Byron), scorned by many male writers, but beloved by female readers, Ramée and her signature works became something of a talisman for forward-thinking women the world over.