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Queen Margot, or Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas
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May 24, 2009

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Brilliant historical fiction!

Set during the religious civil wars that wracked France, Dumas has woven an intricate plot of intrigue, love, politics and religious tension around actual historical characters and events. Catherine de Medici, dowager Queen of France, is portrayed as the consummate villain, plotting to kill Henry of Navarre to ensure that he does not take the throne from her sons. Despite this, you still manage to feel sympathy for her as her sole motive is to ensure that her sons keep their birthright as kings of France.

Margot, Catherine's daughter, in a loveless marriage with Henry, takes as a lover, Boniface de la Mole and their love affair plays out against the backdrop of religious and political intrigue.

Great read especially if you have some inkling of the history of the period.

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