The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom

By Nancy Goldstone

The riveting actual tale of mother-and-daughter queens Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois, whose wildly divergent personalities and turbulent dating replaced the form in their tempestuous and hazardous century.

Set in extraordinary Renaissance France, this is often the tale of 2 awesome ladies, a mom and daughter pushed into competition via a negative betrayal that threatened to smash the realm.

Catherine de' Medici used to be a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who ruled the throne for thirty years. Her youngest daughter Marguerite, the glamorous "Queen Margot," was once a passionate loose spirit, the one adversary whom her mom may perhaps neither intimidate nor control.

When Catherine forces the Catholic Marguerite to marry her Protestant cousin Henry of Navarre opposed to her will, after which makes use of her opulent Parisian marriage ceremony as a method of luring his fans to their deaths, she creates not just savage clash inside France but in addition a effective rival inside her personal family.

Rich intimately and brilliant prose, Goldstone's narrative unfolds as an exciting historic epic. Treacherous courtroom politics, poisonings, inter-national espionage, and adultery shape the heritage to a narrative that comes with such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Nostradamus. The Rival Queens is a deadly story of affection, betrayal, ambition, and the genuine nature of braveness, the echoes of which nonetheless resonate.

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Destiny (or, extra thoroughly, vengeance) intervened whilst, at the night of November 1, 1575, All Saints’ Day, Guast used to be stumbled on murdered in his city condo in Paris. through sunlight, the main points of the crime have been renowned. in line with the Parisian chronicler Pierre de L’Estoile, who recorded the development in his diary, Guast were mendacity in mattress interpreting while a small band of intruders led via a masked guy burst into his rooms. Taken without notice, the sufferer reached for the weapon he sometimes stored hidden by way of the part of the mattress yet in his haste mistakenly got here up with just a pillow.

The following “The King and the Queen my mother”: Ibid. , ninety eight. the following “There used to be now a normal alarm”: Ibid. the following “They saw that”: Ibid. , ninety nine. the following “The significant a part of the the Aristocracy of the realm”: Holt, The Duke of Anjou and the Politique fight throughout the Wars of faith, fifty one. right here “I used to be in tears the full night”: Memoirs of Marguerite de Valois, ninety nine. the following “Meanwhile my husband”: Ibid. the following “He prevailed at the King”: Ibid. , 102. right here “Accordingly, they proceeded to the house”: Ibid. , 104. the following “to enhance just a only a few persons”: Holt, The Duke of Anjou and the Politique fight through the Wars of faith, fifty three.

It was once Dad opposed to mother. Charles even started to name the admiral mon père. It took it slow, although, for Catherine, who was once motive on persuading a reluctant Jeanne d’Albret to approve the engagement of her son to Marguerite (and so hinder him from pursuing Elizabeth I), to appreciate this. in the beginning Catherine thought of Coligny an best friend. She believed that she had acquired his aid for her plan through bribing him, in particular as he had no longer come cost effectively. The admiral walked clear of his stopover at to courtroom with an outright money bequest of 1 hundred thousand livres in his pocket.

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By no means ahead of had she been so just about worry; by no means had she such want of all of her abilities; by no means had she felt so alive. to come back on to the royal court docket and the stifling dominion of her brother the king—particularly after Henri’s connivance with Don John—was anathema. She went as a substitute to her fortified château at l. a. Fère. quickly after she arrived she used to be joined via François, who had additionally came across the ambience in Paris, the place Catherine and Henri had in recent times back, insufferable. for 2 months brother and sister remained jointly.

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