Dive into the drama of the royal court, and meet one of France’s most devious villains.
”Marguerite de Valois” is the fast-paced first entry in Alexandre Dumas’ ”Valois Romances” series. At its center is Marguerite, daughter of the deceased Henry II, and potential peacemaker between the country’s catholics and protestants. But little does she know that her mother, Catherine de Medici, is secretly stoking religious violence for her own evil ends.
The story boasts all the ingredients of the best court dramas: murders, intrigues, conspiracies, escapades, and duels. And a lot of poison. Especially recommended for fans of Hillary Mantel’s ”Wolf Hall” series. Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870) was a hugely popular 19th Century French writer. Born of mixed French and Haitian heritage, Dumas first rose to prominence in Paris as a playwright, but later gained international fame with his historical fiction. Often co-authored with other writers, these stories wove together swashbuckling adventure, romance, and real events from France’s past. Among the best known are ”The Three Musketeers”, and its sequels ”Twenty Years After”, and ”Le Vicomte de Bragelonne: Ten Years Later”. Set across four decades, this trilogy follows the rise of the dashing D’Artagnan—from hot-headed soldier to trusted captain under Louis XIV. Dumas’ other novels include ”The Count of Monte Cristo” and ”The Black Tulip”. His works have been adapted into more than 200 movies, including The Man in the Iron Mask starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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