Le Roi des montagnes

The Le Roi des montagnes ("The king of the mountains") is a French-language novel published in 1857 by Edmond About.[1] A film adaptation starring Lucile Saint-Simon and Claude Rollet was released in 1962.


A young French botanist fresh out of the University is sent to Greece by the National Museum of Natural History to study flora. In search of rare plants, he met two English women, a mother and her daughter, on the road that leads to the Parnitha. All three are abducted by a band of brigands led by Hadgi-Stavros , "the king of the mountains", known for his cruelty . Given the refusal of the old English lady to pay the ransom, the botanist, loving the daughter, try several times to escape.


  1. Angus James Wrenn (1 January 2009). Henry James and the Second Empire. MHRA. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-906540-07-4.
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