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Queen Jezebel

(Catherine de Medici #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  779 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The final novel in the classic Catherine de’ Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction.

The aging Catherine de’ Medici and her sickly son King Charles are hoping to end the violence between the feuding Catholics and Huguenots. When Catherine arranges the marriage of her beautiful Catholic daughter Margot to Huguenot king Henry of Navarre, Franc
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 1958)
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
The last in the Catherine de Medici trilogy, it discusses the last year's of her life. The first third to half is a study of the wholesale murder of the Huguenots on St. Bartholomew's Eve. Then it flows into the perverse reign of Henri III. Catherine is a constant controlling presence, pressuring him into action. The last third of the book covers The War of the Henris-the battle between Henri of Navarre, Henri III, and Henri of Guise for France's thrown, and for two, their lives. At this point C ...more
This was as good as I remembered. I do enjoy Jean Plaidy’s historical fiction.
Lígia Bellini
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 about St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, more i think that it was an abominable act! Cath ...more
Tamara Louise Roberts
Queen Jezebel is the final installment of the Catherine de Medici trilogy, which focuses on the final years of her life. The novel starts with Catherine's youngest daughters wedding. Margot aware of her own beauty is forced into a marriage with Henry of Navarre, which is not a suitable mach due to their differences in religion and Margot's love for the handsome Henry de Guise. Catherine who has bigger problems she is losing control over her son Charles the King, therefore it will take all of her ...more
Sue Law
This book covers the last quarter of Catherine de Medici's life, starting with the marriage of her daughter Margot to Henry of Navarre, the event which triggered the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Catherine's attempts to stabilise France after the massacre are compromised by Charles IX's erratic behaviour and France becomes increasingly polarised between Catholics & Huguenots. Relieved when he dies leaving only a daughter, Catherine's hopes rest with her favourite son, Henry III, but the hop ...more
Christine Cazeneuve
I gave this final book in the series a 5 star rating because I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. A great conclusion to the three part book series. I will say this - I am glad Catherine de Medici wasn't my mother! I am also glad that I wasn't her - what effort it took to be her. Her desire for power was her entire life and I got exhausted just reading about it. The series, overall, is crowded with people, however, it never gets too confusing. In my humble opinion, Jean Plaidy, who wrote ...more
This is the final book in the trilogy. As Catherine enters her later years, her plotting and scheming intensify as she is determined to hold on to the legacy of her dynasty, despite her numerous disappointments in her offspring. Her machinations lead to the massacre of the Huguenouts and to further civil war. Catherine is determined to get her favorite son on the throne, but when she does, she finds that even he disappoints her. Her daughter, Margot, is truly the closest thing that she has to a ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to love this so much, I liked the first two but the end was so hurried and anti-climactic (well, so is life too I guess). Wanted a tid bit about what happened to family, who died, when, who became king, blah blah blah. None of that. Sure I can look it up but its more fun when you get to read it in the epilogue....
Phil Syphe
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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’
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
Rebecca Hill
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joshua Pascoe
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I should have read the first two installments of the trilogy, but the story felt stilted and rather boring.
I like historical novels when the author succeeds in bringing the characters and period alive.
However, in this case, by moments, it felt that certain turns of phrase came straight out of a dry biography...
Another thing I found difficult was judging how much time elapses between the different happenings and chapters.
What a difference with 'Tne King's General' by Daphbe Du Maurier ....
Sara W
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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!
Shelly Benson
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catherine goes from being a misunderstood woman & wronged wife to a vicious, conniving, power hungry queen. This book indeed portrays her as a Jezebel!
Great book! It's crazy what she did to keep the sons!
Kristy McRae
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
well written novel about a nasty piece of work. One of history's truly evil rulers. Really don't buy the attempt to make Catherine D'Medici sympathetic.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book of the Catherine de Medici Trilogy. This is better than the second.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lyn Stapleton
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished the last in Jean Plaidy's trilogy on Catherine de Medici. Very insightful books and extremely well written. Enjoyed them very much
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.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best piece of historical romance read recent time's!!
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 one just seemed to drag
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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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