Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda, written in 1894 became a very popular success in his time. It inspired two other novels set in the fictional German-ish country of Ruritania, Rupert of Hentzau: From the Memoirs of Fritz Von Tarlenheim, written in 1895, but not published until 1898, and The Heart of Princess Osra, published in 1896. Only Rupert of Hentau is a true sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda. It brings the story to it's needed conclusion. The Heart of Princess Osra is a charming, almost fairy tale-like story, suitable for children, about the sister of King Rudolph Elphberg, the Third, ancestor to Rudolph Elphberg, the Fifth of the present time, whose indescretions resulted in the Rassendylls of England being distant cousins. However, none of that is mentioned in the story. It is mostly about Princess Osra and her numerous suitors, which eventually leads her to her one true love. It is a fun and entertaining read, but lacks the heroic adventures and brilliant plot of the other two books in the trilogy.
Though Hope was extremely prolific, he is really considered a lesser writer, and known only for these first two books. However, thanks to the efforts of Project Gutenberg and their affiliates, many of his books are now digitized and available to the public for free. I plan to read more of his writings. My copy of The Prisoner of Zenda is in book form, but it, of course, is also available as an eBook at Project Gutenberg. The sequels, however, I did read on my Kindle. When you click on my reviews, you can reach the download page at Project Gutenberg by clicking the title.
Though all three books supposedly were available with images, the only one that actually does have images (at least as of this writing) is The Heart of Princess Osra. And there are quite a few! I have included them on this page. The artist is H.C. Edwards. Incidentally, the table of contents lacks one of the images, that found on page 66, and the image from page 101 is missing. Enjoy these great books.