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La Reine Margot (The Last Valois #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  9,662 Ratings  ·  275 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 1845)
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Tiffany Clean? Of course it's clean! What are you expecting to read? A Dumasian style Fifty Shades of Grey?

As is the case with many books (and classics),…more
Clean? Of course it's clean! What are you expecting to read? A Dumasian style Fifty Shades of Grey?

As is the case with many books (and classics), there are so many themes in just one book. This monster of a book definitely makes the reader go through the times that the book is set in. For example, the Wars of Religion. There are explicit scenes of Catholic and Protestant violence. There's a lot of Catherine de Medici... if that doesn't warn you, I don't know what will.(less)
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Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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
Simona Bartolotta
"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
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
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.
Est-ce que c'est une mode, lorsqu'on est un personnage féminin de la littérature du XIXème, de se promener dans des calèches avec des têtes décapitées sur les genoux ? Je me le demande.

Je ne vais pas noter ça, parce que ce serait injuste. Je suis visiblement passée à côté de ce livre, ou alors ce n'est pas du tout ma tasse de thé. Mais c'était ma pire lecture de l'année. Un mois et demi à le finir, j'ai persévéré, mais je ne sais pas pourquoi.

Si j'étais enthousiaste, aux premières pages, à l'i
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2016 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
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Reread 2017- Still an amazing story. I can't believe that in the age of George RR Martin, this novel hasn't awakened more interest. There's just so much blood and intrigue!
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

Being a huge fan of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, made this one all the more disappointing as it suffers horribly in comparison. It’s hard to imagine that he wrote them only one year apart as the writing style is drastically different. I found this one to be a slog with forgettable characters that never fully grasped the reader’s attention. My trusted reviewer friends make this one sound so promising but at 300 pages in, I’m crying “Uncle”.

Michael Finocchiaro
I read this one hoping to find another series as engaging as the d'Artagnon romances but even if I enjoyed this story, its characters did not engage my imagination as much d'Artagnon, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (or Dantès from Monte Cristo). This story is the beginning of a cycle based on the life of Henry IV. Margot who starts out as a haughty bitch eventually mellows out and gets a bit more real - that is essentially the plot. It is interesting and in that Dumas cliff-hanger way exciting but m ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
The first few pages filled me with literary foreboding. Lots of confusing names declaimed at length. The book promised dull worthiness from turgid word to florid phrase. On page 22 of my edition the King of Navarre and his new wife the sister of the king France agree that while they will always have different lovers they will always be allies. From then on I was treated to riotous carnival of oh no she did not just do that with a lot of he did the dastardly scoundrel, I never. It is beyond stupi ...more
This is an example of why some books are considered classics. It could have been written at any time, there is nothing to date it or make it seem plodding and musty. Wraps you up in the story.
May 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
I picked this book up from the library a few years ago and was so impressed with it that I later bought a copy at my local bookstore. Of course, I did receive strange looks from the store clerk, but that was most likely because she was jealous that I had such an amazing book and she didn't know a good book if it hit her in the face. The way she was going on about Alexandre Dumas and the people that read his work...

I am a huge Dumas fan. Always have been since I was a young child and I was introd
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
An Badagadze
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ხომ არსებობს წიგნები, ბავშვობაში წასაკითხი, ყმაწვილობაში, ისე რომ მოგწონს, იმაზე კარგი და სერიოზული ნაწარმოები არც არაფერი რომ გგონია. ასე მიყვარდა მე დედოფალი მარგო, ქალი რომ იყო, თავის სიყვარულის გამო, მერე მოგვიანებით იზაბელ აჯანის სახემ რომ ჩაანაცვლა ჩემს წარმოდგენაში და ისტორიის სიყვარულის გამოც. ხოდა ვკითხულობდი ამ წიგნს ყოველ წელს და იმ ბავშვობის სიყვარულის გამო იქნება ჩემი favorite-ბის თაროზე, თორემ ახლა ვერც და არც წავიკითხავ ალბათ და ვერც და აღარც მომეწონება ისე, როგორც სხვა ნაწარმოებე ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
3,5 stars.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything I need to know about French history, I learned from Dumas :)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Roseb612 by: 1001
Dumase už jsem nečetla věky, vlastně ho ani nemám moc ráda - Tři mušketýry jsem nikdy nedočetla (a to jsme měli doma to krásné velkoformátové vydání od Albatrosu) a jediné, co se mi od něj opravdu líbilo, byl Hrabě Monte Christo (toho jsem četla několikrát a teď mám zálusk na tu bornovskou edici).

Královna Margot je první díl trilogie Poslední Valois (nebo také Hugenoti) a byť se v první polovině věnuje Bartolomějské noci a jejím dozvukům, tak ve finále je to klasický Dumas - dvorní intriky, zámě
May 24, 2014 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 02, 2014 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! [...]"
Natalie Rose
May 11, 2010 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.
update, 11 June 2017: just saw the movie! I'll keep my review of it under a spoiler cut, to keep this review more focussed on the book.

(view spoiler)
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cine, historia
"Enrique, haciendo un violento esfuerzo y dominando todos sus temores, cogió el pergamino de manos del rey. Luego dirigió a Catalina y a Francisco una mirada llena de altivez que quería decir: «Tened cuidado; soy vuestro señor.»

Catalina comprendió lo que quería decir con aquella mirada.

—No, no, jamás —dijo—. ¡jamás mi familia se someterá a una dinastía extranjera; jamás reinará en Francia un Borbón mientras exista un Valois!"
Romance, political intrigue, humour, swashbuckling action - all masterfully put/held together by Dumas. 4 Star really, but looooong (and only book #1!). I realise this was the style in the mid-19th century cos readers loved to chug along reading a few chapters at a time and not caring if it never ended - but my 20th/21st century @ss is marking this down to 3 Star.
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This note regards Alexandre Dumas, père, the father of Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). For the son, see Alexandre Dumas fils.

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 h
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