Médicis Daughter

Médicis Daughter

A Novel of Marguerite De Valois

Book - 2015
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"Winter, 1564. Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot's intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de Médicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war. Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family. Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise. Though Margot's heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce. But the promised peace is a mirage: her mother's schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris. When Margot's wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul. Médicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming-of-age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250072092
Branch Call Number: F PERIN-S
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 21, 2017

The story gives us an intricate account of Princess Margot and the battle between religions and its prospective regions. It is an inspiring account of the power of a woman in a harsh patriarchal society. At times I felt the story too into "who will I love?" Albeit a story about marriage and rights to hierarchy a little goes a long way. All in all an interesting account of the times.

BWellsJean Feb 10, 2016

Exceptionally well written, this historical novel leads the reader into the court of Queen Catherine de Medicis, with all the feeling of what it might be like to be a young woman caught up in the times of arranged royal marriages. Woven around historical figures and events including the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, this work of fiction is true to the times and emotionally moving.


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