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Released to coincide with the new Miramac film starring Isabelle Adjani, this is the classic novel unavailable for over 25 years. Massacres, conspiracies, clandestine trysts, secret alliances, daring escapes, sumptuous feasts, and duels of wit propel the action in this delightful story of French royalty during the 16th century. Advertising with movie.
Paperback, 542 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Miramax Books (first published 1844)
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Jun 26, 2009 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french

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.
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 29, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800
"Vedremo se della regina Margot sarà tanto facile fare una monaca."

"We shall see if they can make Queen Margot into a nun so easily."

Betrayals. Broken hearts. Conspiracies. A marriage sealed by ambition instead of love. Queens with too big a heart and queens with no heart at all. True sentiments that require to be muffled and false ones who aim to look deeper than they are. Poison, swords and blood. Hunting parties where those who chase the game are game themselves. Ambushes in the dark. (Not so
Jul 30, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 06, 2016 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Cari! :3


First: I love Dumas. It's not just one book, even though it's clear to me that The Count of Montecristo is my favourite, but the author. And it rarely happens with classics to me, because I usually read one author's most famous work and then stop. Even if I loved it. I don't know why to be honest, it just happens: Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray. I loved those books, but I haven't picked up anything else by these authors and
Jul 07, 2009 Misfit rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2016 AGamarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Empecé con muchas expectativas a leer "La Reina Margot" y creo que las colmó ampliamente.
La historia narra uno de los temas más recordados en Francia, las Guerras de Religión entre protestantes y católicos.
Reina en Francia Carlos IX quien a su vez es manipulado por su corte, principalmente por su temible madre Catalina de Médicis, quien es la que realmente gobierna; están con él sus ambiciosos hermanos Enrique, Duque de Anjou y Francisco, duque de Alencon. Por otro lado tenemos a los hugonotes o
Set against the backdrop of the ghastly wars of religion, and in particular the infamous St Bartholomew's Day massacre, Alexandre Dumas presents an action-packed plot written with much wit, subtlety and irony.
Jul 30, 2012 Daniella rated it it was amazing
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!
Mar 17, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, fiction
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
Oct 03, 2012 Anna rated it liked it
Everything I need to know about French history, I learned from Dumas :)
Apr 02, 2015 Teryna90 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi, classici, 2015

Ho iniziato questo libro circa un anno fa... ed ahimè se ci ho messo tanto per terminarlo. L'ho interrotto e ripreso innumerevoli volte. Purtroppo non sono riuscita ad instaurare un rapporto d'amore immediato con questo testo come per tutti gli altri testi di Dumas, che a mio avviso è uno dei più grandi scrittori mai esistiti.

Penso che il problema sia stato sostanzialmente uno. Conoscevo già la storia. Essendo un'amante della storia, in particolar modo della storia moderna, conoscevo ogni minimo
Aug 09, 2012 Bogdi rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2014 Vera rated it it was amazing
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
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Nov 02, 2014 *Giulia* rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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! [...]"
Renee M
May 17, 2014 Renee M rated it it was amazing
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.
Natalie Rose
May 11, 2010 Natalie Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
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.
☮ mary

5 sparkling shooting accross the sky stars :)

The intricate plot, the complex characters and the dynamic storytelling are spellbounding !! The unforgettable events which serve as the perfect stage for Margot's fierce determination ...


You have to read this powerful tale of vengence and betrayal amidst the purest form of Loveif you search for a read that will leave you breathless !!
Aug 06, 2016 Cari rated it it was ok
Buddy read with Gio!

This was an overall ok novel but the ending was not satisfying. The reason being that it doesn't really tie loose ends or it doesn't really provide a conclusion to the story. As readers, we are lead to expect a resolution that does not come and the narrator abandons the title main character in favor of a hasty wrap up for some minor characters. The fate of Queen Margot is not really explored and the matter of the prophecy remains a mystery. As endings come, this fell abrupt a
Although this intricately-woven historical novel takes a while to get through (I've been at it for two months) it isn't because of a bog-like style on the part of Dumas – on the contrary, the narrative flows easily – it's simply because it's a long story with numerous episodes. As the reader follows the fates of La Mole, Marguerite de Navarre's dandy lover, his rival-turned-brother Coconnas, the scheming, heinous Catherine de Medici, and the brave and cunning Henri de Navarre, future king of Fra ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 30, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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 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: Whateve
Jul 31, 2013 Speranza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Roman Clodia
Jun 09, 2016 Roman Clodia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favourite Dumas novel but there's something about this translation that doesn't feel quite right. I suspect it's Dumas rather than the translator: there's an elusive tone and register to his prose which just doesn't translate into English in any seamless fashion.

That apart, this is a brilliant story: set in 1572, it concerns itself with the French wars of religion, especially the St Bartholomew's Eve massacre when Catholics slaughted Huguenots (Protestants) on the streets of
Queen Margot is an action-adventure novel by probably the best action-adventure writer, Alexander Dumas. Set in France in 1572, during the height of Catholic-Protestant wars, the story tells of conspiracies, plots, trysts, murders, poisonings and love. The story centers on Marguerite de Valois, sister of the French King Charles IX. Forced to marry a man she doesn't love, she enters into a political marriage that is supposed to bring peace between Catholics and Protestants. Then after all the Cat ...more
Ed Lehman
Apr 28, 2015 Ed Lehman rated it it was amazing
Being a Dumas fan, I don't know how this book escaped my attention. While reading the book, I was constantly referring to other sources to verify the history...and of course, Dumas took liberties...but, wow, what an amazing period. Queen Margot is the sister to the new King Charles (IX), her father and older brother having already died as Kings beforehand. Her mother is the evil Catherine de Medici who will do anything to keep the throne in the House of Valois. Charles IX arranges for his next-i ...more
Apr 03, 2015 kingshearte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2015
Man, nobody (at least not that I’ve read) writes court intrigue like Dumas. So many twists and turns, and although you’re reasonably confident about who’s backstabbing whom at any given time, you’re never sure who’s actually going to come out on top. Up to a point, of course. Henri de Navarre did eventually become king of France, so one could be pretty confident that he wasn’t going to die, despite certain characters’ best efforts. Everyone else, though, was pretty much fair game, and some death ...more
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas.

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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