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Queen Jezebel: A Catherine de' Medici Novel (Catherine de Medici #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  535 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Back in print after twenty years, the final novel in the classic Catherine de’ Medici trilogy (that includes Madame Serpent and The Italian Woman) from the bestselling grande dame of historical fiction.The aging Catherine de’ Medici has arranged the marriage of her beautiful Catholic daughter Margot to Huguenot King Henry of Navarre. Margot, still in love with Henry de Gui ...more
ebook, 464 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 1954)
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Lígia Bellini
I always think that read about history is fascinating! It always makes me wonder, how is possible to humans, searching for power and wealth, do whatever they want, not caring if their acts will bring suffering for people. And history is, almost all the time, about that. One wanting more power than another, one thinking that his/her believes are true and the other, not. It's so crazy and so sad! And more i read aboutSt. Bartholomew's Day massacre,more i think that it was an abominable act! Cather ...more
Dulce Nevarez
Esta novela es de las mejores que he leído, Catalina de Mèdicis intenta frenar la tensión ente católicos y hugonotes casando a Margot con Enrique de Borbón y Margot acepta al ver como Enrique de Guisa se casó con otra mujer por presión de su familia, con lo que comienza su fama de mujer hermosa y licenciosa aunque instruida, gran amiga de poetas y artistas. Sin embargo pasarán a la historia como las "bodas de sangre" al iniciar espantosos días de asesinatos entre civiles, con la única excusa de ...more
Phil Syphe
Like Book Two in the Catherine de Medici trilogy, this final instalment features many more characters and follows events in their lives. Thus, in a sense it’s better to have more variation, but I still prefer Book One – “Madame Serpent” – for its more limited yet more engrossing themes. Catherine is even less to the fore in this third novel than in the previous one. She’s more like the central character, rather than the main one.

Catherine only cares for her third-oldest son, who becomes France’
Rebecca Hill
The brilliant future that Catherine de Medici envisioned for her favorite son is about to collapse. A pampered fop, he is unable to rule the country he fought to gain control of for so long. He is under the control of his favorites and they are bent on destroying the country to gain what they want, power and wealth.

Catherine is unable to stop her son, as her illness progresses and age catches up with her. She does what she can to even out the power distribution in the country, but all factions s

The novel Queen Jezebel by Jean Plaidy recounts the details of Catherine de Medici's later life. This is the third and final book of her life. Of the three novels, this is the most turbulent. It depicts her incredibly shrewdness, calculating mind, and mistrust of everyone around her, including her sons. Determined to end the hostility between the Catholics and Huguenots, Catherine arranges a political marriage between her Catholic daughter Margot and the Huguenot King Henry of Navarre. But this
I've always enjoyed reading Jean Plaidy's novels. This one was no exception. I do have to say that the history of France is less appealing to me than that of England but I did enjoy this take on Catherine d'Medici. I think if you read only this novel and not the other two in the trilogy, especially the first one, you would find her to be a very cold and terrifying woman. But by putting her whole story together she makes you not so muvh like her but you certainly do pity her.
Wonderful- the story about Catherine de Medici who was the wife of Henry 2 of France and her sons ruled after him. After Frances 2, then Charles 9th, then Henry 3rd. Henry 3rd was gay and surrounded by pretty men. He spent lots of money on clothes and parties. He was hated. The duke of Guise was the most popular opponent and was the prince of Paris. Henry 3rd had Henry of guise assassinated.I want to read more books about the french kings that followed Henry 3rd.
Bonnie Luckey
This read much more like a novel than a historical book, which I'm sure was the author's intent. I wasn't thrilled with the book but it did spark my interest in reading more about Catherine de Medici. What an evil, meddling person (according to this book). The interwoven and cruel history of European royals never ceases to amaze me!
Sara W
This was the best book of the trilogy. There was a lot of action and drama which the first two books (especially the first one) lacked. The book ends with the death of Catherine de Medici (I don't consider this a spoiler - a trilogy written about one historical person will probably end with the death of that person), but that kind of leaves certain events unresolved, so I've jumped straight into Evergreen Gallant (about Henri of Navarre). There is some overlap between the trilogy and the Navarre ...more
3.5 stars

This is the third book in Jean Plaidy's series on Catherine de Medici. At the start of this one, her third son, Charles is the King of France, and her daughter Margot is getting married to Henry, the King of Navarre, against her wishes.

I'm not sure I liked this one as much as the first two, but it got more interesting as I got further into it. It's also difficult with these royal families and keeping straight who everyone is (and I tend to go months or years between books in a series, s
Joshua Pascoe
I haven't even read the other two books in this trilogy, but I think this book stands alone as a good read. I thought that Plaidy really had a feel for the period and the people involved, especially Catherine herself; described so effectively she genuinely gave me the creeps....Queen Jezebel has completely changed my outlook on French history as a whole, and now I want to learn more about Catherine and her family. Written back in the 50's, I don't think this book has aged at all, and manages to ...more
Great book! It's crazy what she did to keep the sons!
This one just seemed to drag
History is a funny thing, it repeats itself no matter what. We may not have the "Royals" but we do have overpaid and useless government officials.
I love Jean Plaidy and have read so many of her books. I was really looking forward to this book coming out but was sadly disappointed. The read was slow and I couldn't wait to be done with it.
Kristy McRae
I've been a long-time fan of Jean Plaidy (Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, et al). This one was a slow starter, but once I got into it, it was fascinating.
Gevera Bert
I couldn't finish it. It was stilted and boring. I read the old version; perhaps the "reissue" has been updated, but as it stands I wouldn't recommend it.
Shelly Benson
Catherine goes from being a misunderstood woman & wronged wife to a vicious, conniving, power hungry queen. This book indeed portrays her as a Jezebel!
Jean Plaidy is just always a good idea. But now I want to take Modern Europe I in the spring...missing my Euro fill!
This is the third book of the Catherine de Medici Trilogy. This is better than the second.
Another awesome book by master of history and romance!!
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Catherine de Medici (3 books)
  • Madame Serpent (Catherine de Medici, #1)
  • The Italian Woman (Catherine de Medici, #2)
The Lady in the Tower (Queens of England, #4) Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga, #5) Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII (Tudor Saga, #2-4) The Rose Without a Thorn (Queens of England, #11) To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1)

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