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Queen Margot, or Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
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Jan 07, 2014

it was amazing
Read from March 08 to April 13, 2012 — I own a copy

Nobody can make a mess of life like these royals - deceptions, extreme loyalties, affairs, betrayals, poisonings and murders. No one is totally virtuous, but compared to the insanely evil Queen Catherine it is easy to want victory for Margot and Henry. The undercurrents and plotting for power and the throne move the storyline quickly and pull in a host of fascinating characters. Dumas has a unique way of getting characters out of seemingly impossible scrapes, only to later rip the rug right out from under the reader to leave the unluckily chosen characters to a cruel fate.

While the book alludes to the final conclusion of the crown, it is not completely played out. It did feel finished and most issues resolved, but I really wanted to follow the play-by-play to the end. I guess after 500+ pages it was just time to wrap it up.

If you have noticed the movie is rated R, and are hesitating about reading the book because of that - read it! There is a good deal of religious persecution and violence, but no details to affairs.

One mislead in the book description - Margot may not love her husband, but she does seem to respect him - their unusual relationship is really key to the novel.

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