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La Reine Margot (The Last Valois #1)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  6,211 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Des « noces vermeilles » de Marguerite de Valois et Henri de Navarre, prélude au massacre des protestants, à la mort de Charles IX baignant dans une rosée de sang, les deux années qui s'écoulent comptent parmi les plus cruelles de l'histoire de France. Guerres civiles de religion, luttes d'influence au sein de la famille royale, complots et assassinats politiques forment l ...more
Poche, 797 pages
Published April 4th 1994 by Garnier Flammarion (first published 1844)
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Manny

If you're one of those people who lick their finger before turning over the page, I strongly recommend that you don't read this book. Particularly if you're on the paranoid side.
Madeline
SO much better than I expected it to be. The book is long, but the story moves at such a fast pace and so much happens that you don't even notice. All the characters are fascinating, and my personal favorite was Catherine d'Medici, who wins the award for Worst Mother-in-Law Ever. I swear, she spends all her time trying to poison just about everybody in the book. She kills one person with poisoned gloves, then fills somebody's lamp with poisoned oil so the vapors smother them, and then she poison ...more
Kelly
By turns highly unlikely and highly hilarious, Dumas' La Reine Margot is a wildly uneven, careening tale that knows perfectly well what it is and wants your gasps, sighs, and unbidden, unstoppable, "Oh no he didn't!"s. Or perhaps I should say "Oh no she didn't!" as the most shocking, ridiculously amazingly evil and awful moments are reserved for the truly unbelievable Satan of the piece, Catherine de Medici. She spends most of the book figuring out new ways to poison, arrest and assassinate anyo ...more
Misfit
It’s 1572 and in an effort to ease tensions between the Catholics and the Huguenots Henry III King of Navarre is married to Marguerite de Valois (Margot). Shortly after the marriage the Huguenots are slaughtered at the order of Charles IX and his mother Catherine de Medicis on Saint Bartholomew’s Day. Catherine is also bent on destroying Henry as her astrologer has foretold that her three sons will die and Henry of Navarre will rule France through the Bourbon line. Margot's dashing lover La Mole ...more
Daniella
Jul 30, 2012 Daniella rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction who aren't too nitpicky.
Apparently, Queen Margot was originally published serially in several newspapers and magazines of the day, and I imagine that it was basically the 19th century French equivalent of a soap opera. It certainly reads like one. But guess how many fucks I give? None! Not a single fuck.

Don't get me wrong--I'm really not the kind of girl who enjoys that sort of thing. Space operas, yes. Soap operas and generally similar things? Not so much. But come on, how can I not love this book? Courtly intrigues!
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Vera
I found this book on a books market and bought it for like 1 euro or so, and it was an euro very well spent. It's about the war between the Catholics and the Hugenots, I think it even tops Three Musketeers in my personal opinion. It has the same amount of adventure and sword fighting, but even more royal intrigues and more humor (note to self: Kotzbombenelement - the word Cocconas is using for like everything he's amazed by)... I would certainly recommend this book to everyone who likes great st ...more
*Giulia*
"Tu hai perduto or ora un caro amico, lo so... Ma guardami, Margot: io non ho forse perduto tutti i miei amici, e per di più mia madre? Tu hai sempre potuto piangere liberamente come fai in questo momento; io, anche nell'ora dei più atroci tormenti, sono sempre stato costretto a sorridere. Tu soffri, ma guardami: io muoio!... Dunque, Margot, ti prego, fatti un po' di coraggio! [...]"
Natalie Rose
Hands-down, my favorite book of all time. Hot sex, political intrigue, beautiful language, battles surrounding religion- and all within the context of true history. It just doesn't get better! I just read it for the fourth time....sigh.
Anna
Everything I need to know about French history, I learned from Dumas :)
Meg
I LOVE the first 3/4 of this book. It's full of action, humor, wit, and a little romance. Also, Queen Margot herself: gorgeous, smart, and clear-headed yet passionate. I love Dumas' use of suspense through implication in this book - as when he describes the events leading up to a poisoning at great length but without ever explicitly saying what is happening until after it's over. Lots of very funny French irony (my favorite bits were dialogue in which the various royal folks were pretending they ...more
Julia Boechat Machado
O Massacre de São Bartolomeu é talvez o mais interessante evento histórico que os brasileiros por algum motivo não aprendem na escola.
Felizmente, quem quer começar a aprender algo pode ler A Rainha Margot.
A época e os personagens sempre me fascinaram - e eu queria que o livro tivesse o triplo do tamanho, para passar mais tempo com eles. Eu passei muito tempo procurando livros sobre Marguerite de Valois, Catherine de Medici, Charles IX, Henri III, Henri IV, François d'Anjou (na época desse livro,
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Bogdi
Dumas, the Rossini of literature, churned out an impressive amount of his time's pop-historical novels. He wrote about most, if not all, time periods this side of year 1000. But boy are they fun! (much like Rossini's silly but terribly convoluted yet always lighthearted operas, his books never let deep thoughts/issues get in the way of proper fun). I got into Dumas when I was very young (the books were all over the place at my parents', my aunt's and my grandparents') and THIS, a battered, cover ...more
Anna
Queen Margot is one of the best novels unparalleled Alexandra Dumas. Courtly intrigues, conspiracies, manslaughters, affairs, love affairs, friendships, headstrong duels and betrayals that's all it is possible to find in the novel. I read the book of couples of years for it but I remember that she made a huge impression on me and became a reason for reaching for other novels of the authorship of Mr Dumas.
Today whereas for me reflection is arising: trashy and shallow tales have a 90% of evaluatio
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Brenda
Aug 30, 2012 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history fans
Shelves: favourites
Out of all the Dumas books I've read (and I think I've read them all) I love this one the most. It is not for the squeamish though as it takes in the horrible night of the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bart... and there is a lot of violence, cruelty, betrayals and intrigue.

This book has got it all, it's dark and sexy and retains your interest throughout. If you prefer visuals I would recommend you watch the movie: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Reine... Whateve
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Speranza
I give up on this at sixty-something percent. The rating might have been different, had I read it some 15 years ago. But then again, I tried reading 'The Count of Monte Christo' and 'Vocomte de Bragelonne' back then and couldn't get through. So maybe Dumas is just not my cup of tea.
If I compare literature to visual or performing arts, some novels are theatre, some are movies and others are cartoons. This book was the latter - one dimensional; based solely on direct speech, adventure, gossip and
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Kamelia
Ten years ago I saw an old book with yellow pages covered in dust on the top shelf of the library at home. The title reminded me of few frames of nudity and violence that I had seen in a movie trailer some time ago. Out of curiosity I started reading the novel completely unaware of what I was about to experience. There isn't a year that goes by without recalling the events that took place in Paris in the night of 24th August, 1572. The story is dynamic, enchanting but also realistic, I dare say. ...more
Gianna
I read The Three Musketeers in 5th grade for the first time and have been re-reading periodically since then. There is no doubt that Dumas is a master of well-written historical fiction, permeated by intrigue and memorable characters. Queen Margot doesn't fall short of these expectations. Whether historically accurate or not, the portrayal of Catherine de Medici, a controversial figure to say the least, is dramatic. Who can forget her blood-stained fingers or the cold machinations? Ambition and ...more
Lupurk
Dumas è sempre una conferma. Questo libro avevo già tentato di leggerlo anni fa, senza successo, forse un po' annoiata dalla parte storica. Ora invece l'ho ripreso e letto con piacere. Dumas è un asso nell'escogitare trame degne della miglior telenovela, lasciando il lettore in qualche modo in sospeso fino alla fine, anche quando non c'è più nulla da svelare.
April
Dumas is always a fun writer; his books contain sword fights, friends, enemies , Kings, Queens and Princes. Tis one ups the ante a bit by including historical characters, lots of poisenings and double-crossers. There is even double-crossings of the double crossers only to be double-crossed again. Very fun book
Renee M
My favorite Dumas. This book has everything. History, Adventure, Intrigue, Romance, Religion, Battles, Poison, Incest, Pathos, Humor... EVERYTHING!
Catherine D'Medici is the scariest, creepiest, most terrifying villainess. But she is absolutely fabulous to read.
Laura
Dec 21, 2014 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Dumas fans
Recommended to Laura by: Misfit
The first book of the trilogy on the Valois. Now I must read La Dame de Monsereau and Les Quarante-cinq. I don't understand how L"Academie Francaise didn't recognize Dumas pere work, only of his son with La Dame de Camelies.
Artsfols
This book somewhat reminds me of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, another master plotter of intrique, double dealing and corruption. However, Dumas has the added virtue of staying on track.
John Caviglia

Awesome Dumas!

But Ignore the edition of record. I just read the four hundred and eighty some pages of Part I. Review to follow Part II. Don't hold your breath :)
Leyre
My teenager self loved this book so much: history, political intrigue and a woman protagonist (for a change). Plus, Dumas is nothing if not entertaining to read <3
Hollie
I looooooooved this book. Read it at least 3 times when I was a kid.
I never got bored of it.
Really touching story. I would read it again and again.
Peter
I needed a break from English Lit for a while, so I began a classic Dumas novel I have never read before: MARGUERITE DE VALOIS a/k/a QUEEN MARGOT. Wow. After several chapters, I can safely say that this makes THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO look like LITTLE WOMEN! Set before, during & after the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572) in which thousands of French Protestants (the Hugenots) were killed at the order of their Catholic king, Charles IX and his evil mother, Catherine de Medici, who isn't ...more
Calyre
Mordi!

...Ne savez-vous point que vous êtes mon soleil pendant le jour et mon étoile pendant la nuit?

- Trippe del papa! Hurla Coconnas en tirant son épée; mais échauffez-vous donc, monsieur de la Mole!
- Non pas, s'il vous plaît, non pas; car tandis que nous nous échaufferons, le souper lui refroidira, lui.

- Mais à quelle heure dois-je revenir?
- Gand fous ententrez-le doguesin.
- Comment, le doguesin? demanda Coconnas.
- Foui, le doguesin: pum! pum!...
- Ah! le tocsin?
- Oui, c'être cela que che tisai
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Chloe
La Reine Margot nous conte l'Histoire de France, lors du règne de Charles IX, fils de Catherine de Médicis, frère de Marguerite de Valois (dit Margot) qui épouse Henri de Navarre (futur Henri IV). L'action se concentre exclusivement sur les intrigues politiques et l'opposition entre les chrétiens et les protestants. Nous voyons donc toute l'énergie que met la Reine Mère à comploter contre Henri de Navarre afin qu'il ne monte pas sur le trône, mais également la malice de cet homme afin d'échapper ...more
Lark
Okay - I have the same issues with this book that I have with all historical fiction: Where did you get your material ? Did you use first hand sources that liked or disliked the persons ? Did you rely on newspaper/gossip ? Where is your bibliography ? Prove to me that you know the feelings of each historical personage well enough to devise whole long-term motivations and personal conversations....

Having read a short history of French royalty of the time, I noted the gaping hole of HenryIV's incr
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Tori
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Alexandre Dumas, père (French for "father", akin to Senior in English), born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French writer, best known for his numerous historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his no
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