The Rival Queens

The Rival Queens

Nancy Goldstone Hardcover, 434 pages; 2015
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The Rival Queens opens with a spellbinding evocation of a remarkable moment in history: the grand 1572 Parisian wedding of the lovely Princess Marguerite - Catholic daughter of Catherine de' Medici and Henry II of France - to the Protestant king of Navarre, Henry du Bourbon. Forced into the marriage by her indomitable mother - and in love with another man - "Margot" made a reluctant bride, and her union with the leader of the Huguenot party caused much unrest in the French capital. A few days after the elaborate wedding, thousands of the Huguenot wedding guests were murdered in a bloody episode that later became known as the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre. This fascinating and action-packed dual biography sheds light on the lives and motivations of two courageous and intelligent Renaissance women: the ambitious and calculating Catherine and her passionate and independent daughter Margot. Though well researched and factually sound, the thoroughly readable historical narrative contains enough adultery, espionage, political machinations, attempted murders, and family drama for a soap opera! After just a few pages, you're sure to be hooked by the turbulent mother-daughter relationship that changed the course of history. (AG)

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