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Stanley John Weyman Biography

(1855–1928), The House of the Wolf, A Gentleman of France, The Red Cockade

British novelist, born in Shropshire, educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He read for the Bar but abandoned the legal profession in 1891. Having published stories in periodicals he began a successful literary career with The House of the Wolf (1890), which was followed by over twenty successful historical romances, often with French settings, such as A Gentleman of France (1893); The Red Cockade (1895); Under the Red Robe (1896); Count Hannibal (1901), a fictitious account of the Massacre of St Bartholomew; and Chippinge (1906), set in Victorian England at the time of the Reform Bill. He continued to write until the end of his life, although his reputation suffered a decline in later years.

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