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Wren, Percival Christopher: Beau Sabreur. V1. 30 Nov 2008
Percival Christopher Wren (1875–1941) was a British writer, mostly of adventure fiction. He is remembered best for Beau Geste, a much-filmed book of 1924 involving the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, and its sequels, Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal.
Born in Devonshire England in 1885, Percival Christopher Wren was a collateral descendant of the famous British 17th century architect Sir Christopher Wren. His literary influences included Frederick Marryat, R. M. Ballantyne, G. A. Henty, and H. Rider Haggard. After graduated with an MA from Oxford, Percival travelled the world for five years before joining the British Calvary. From there, he went on to join the French Foreign Legion, worked in India for the Bombay government for 10 years. World events saw him returning to active service during WWI with the India Army in East Africa, after which he settled and married in London in 1917. He lived out the remainder of his life in England concentrating on his literary career.
Wren immortalized the French Foreign Legion in Beau Geste and many other novels of high adventure and romance. Beau Sabreur is the sequel to Beau Geste. Contents: Part One: Failure; The Making of a Beau Sabreur; Part Two: Success; The Making of a Monarch.
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