If you are looking for classical books focused on the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens and The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Emma Orczy both first that criteria wonderfully. Both books contain great heroic acts of sacrifice and bravery.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens’s Main Characters are Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, Doctor Manette, and Lucie Manette. Charles Darnay is a French Aristocrat, Sydney Carton a drunken man with no goal, Doctor Manette is a former Bastille prisoner and the father of the wonderful Lucie Manette. Lucie Manette used to be thought of as an orphan, but surprisingly she meets her father later on in a garret.
Charles Darnay was accused of treason against the English, and his friend Mr. Stryver pleads for him. It was all useless until the drunk Sydney Carton helps out because of Lucie Manette. Before all of this happened, a sad girl Lucie Manette was in the orphanhood, not knowing her parents. Later on, people find her father in a garret, who was extremely sick. She cared for him and treated for him as much as possible, so because of her intense love, he became well again. Later, the storming of the french prison the Bastille happened, and Charles Darnay’s friend gets put into prison. Darnay at that time was in England, but as soon has he heard the news that his friend got arrested, he departed for France. He faced many unexpected problems on the way back and was in great danger…
The Scarlet Pimpernel is another great book, and its main characters are Percy Blakeney, Lady Blakeney, and Chauvelin. A couple other Characters are Armand St. Just and Sir Andrew. Percy Blakeney is the seemingly dumb and stupid person who married the smartest woman in France, Marguerite Blakeney. Chauvelin is a French Government Official who has been trying to capture the Scarlet Pimpernel who has always outwitted him. The Scarlet Pimpernel is daring, smart, witty, brave, and had always kept his word. He is a mysterious Englishman who is wanted by the French. Armand St. Just is the Brother of Marguerite Blakeney, and Sir Andrew is the Follower and Friend of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Throughout the book, The Scarlet Pimpernel tries to save his friends who are in Paris and in danger of getting put on the block and getting killed by the guillotine. The guillotine was a machine which dropped a heavy blade on a person, it would kill them instantly. Marguerite is blackmailed and is forced to give Chauvelin info on where the Scarlet Pimpernel would be. Chauvelin later finds out where the Scarlet Pimpernel was, and goes to chase him. Later Marguerite finds out too and goes to warn the Scarlet Pimpernel about Chauvelin and the impending danger. What happens after this can only be found out when you read the book!
These two books are both great, but I think that I like The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emma Orczy better. I like the mysteries and the outwitting that happens in this book, and it is pretty fast paced and very interesting throughout the whole story. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, is also a great book but is slower paced and even though there are times where much courage is shown, it is not that often.
I recommend both of these books to anyone who just wants some books to read and knows about the French Revolution, or for those who want to read about the French Revolution and learn. Overall, my favorite book out of the two of there is The Scarlet Pimpernel.