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Queen Margot | [Alexandre Dumas]

Queen Margot

The last years of King Charles IX's reign in France were dominated by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Queen Margot begins in 1572 with the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to Henri de Navarre. Marguerite is King Charles' sister and the daughter of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, all firm Catholics. Henri de Navarre is a Protestant who later will become the beloved King Henri IV. Several important political events have led up to this marriage including the mysterious murder of Henri de Navarre's mother, cleverly plotted by Catherine de Medici. The wedding brings noblemen from all over the world to Paris resulting in the notorious Saint Bartholomew Massacre, where thousands of Protestants are killed. In this inventive and compelling novel, Dumas brings an extraordinary period of history vividly to life with much excitement and romance. The lively prose and wonderfully constructed plot tell of court intrigues and forbidden love, of beautiful queens, duchesses, and noblemen, suspense, conspiracies, betrayals, assassinations, superstitions, poisonings, and sumptuous feasts. With well-known historical figures as main characters in a dangerous and breathtaking game for power, Queen Margot tells of conspiracies, clandestine trysts, and daring escapes. There is the infamous Catherine de Medici, deliciously evil, constantly plotting and poisoning; Le Mole, a dashing and irresistable young Protestant who becomes Marguerite's lover; the noble Coconnos who provides a great source of comic relief; and at the center of all this intrigue are the good-hearted Marguerite and Henri who are perfect political allies with complicated and fascinating love lives.
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The last years of King Charles IX's reign in France were dominated by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Queen Margot begins in 1572 with the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to Henri de Navarre. Marguerite is King Charles' sister and the daughter of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, all firm Catholics. Henri de Navarre is a Protestant who later will become the beloved King Henri IV.
Several important political events have led up to this marriage including the mysterious murder of Henri de Navarre's mother, cleverly plotted by Catherine de Medici. The wedding brings noblemen from all over the world to Paris resulting in the notorious Saint Bartholomew Massacre, where thousands of Protestants are killed.
In this inventive and compelling novel, Dumas brings an extraordinary period of history vividly to life with much excitement and romance. The lively prose and wonderfully constructed plot tell of court intrigues and forbidden love, of beautiful queens, duchesses, and noblemen, suspense, conspiracies, betrayals, assassinations, superstitions, poisonings, and sumptuous feasts.
With well-known historical figures as main characters in a dangerous and breathtaking game for power, Queen Margot tells of conspiracies, clandestine trysts, and daring escapes. There is the infamous Catherine de Medici, deliciously evil, constantly plotting and poisoning; Le Mole, a dashing and irresistable young Protestant who becomes Marguerite's lover; the noble Coconnos who provides a great source of comic relief; and at the center of all this intrigue are the good-hearted Marguerite and Henri who are perfect political allies with complicated and fascinating love lives.

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    Faith Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-31-08
    Faith Santa Fe, NM, United States 05-31-08 Member Since 2005
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    "An engrossing read..."

    I selected this book because it was "on sale," thinking it would be low risk if I didn't like it. I loved it! The story is engrossing, the narrator excellent. My only gripe is with the sound quality -- there seems to be a lot of background noise/feedback.

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    James Abraham Boston, MA 05-01-13
    James Abraham Boston, MA 05-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A fascinating history -- and Dumas as well"

    Le bon roi Henri is the most beloved king in France's history. Catherine de Medici is one of the most despised (rightly or wrongly) figures of the Renaissance, the archetype schemer and poisoner. La reine Margot became one of the fairy tale princesses of French history. All because of this book. It's a great story, a true story, mostly, and Dumas is the greatest storyteller in history. Unfortunately, the gallant style is not Robert Whitfield's (Simon Vance's) forte, but he still does a passable job. It's worth the money/credit. I would bet that you listen to this more than once in your life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Not Dumas' best"

    but still a compelling romance full of political intrigue.

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    Linda Jay, NY, USA 08-10-08
    Linda Jay, NY, USA 08-10-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautifully read, but not up to Dumas standard"

    Somehow, I keep getting bogged down. The story drags, although this IS Dumas, and the reader is excellent. The prose is elaborately wordy, which might read better on paper than as a listen. But if one gets bored in listening to the description of a major battle and desperate rescue, there is a problem...

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    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-10-13
    Geoffrey Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 11-10-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Pre-Musketeer Joy!"

    I absolutely loved this book. Fast paced swashbuckling adventure, brotherly love and Bromance, Romantic intrigue with beautiful women, and the murderous machinations of Catherine de Medicis! Lust and vengeance at every turn!
    What's not to like?
    The two Heros are very much in the style of the later humorous and wonderful Musketeers of the 'D'Artagnan' series by Dumas. Those readers, like me, who've craved for similar stories of honour and adventure and the goodness of men against evil, will thoroughly enjoy this book and it's brilliant narrator, Robert Whitfield.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen E. Baron Stanhope, NJ United States 03-01-08
    Kathleen E. Baron Stanhope, NJ United States 03-01-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Queen Margot (Unabridged)"

    This wasn't the best book for me. It's written in "old fashioned" style, so while I find the subject fascinating, I couldn't get past the verbose prose. Someone who likes reading period books in period style would like this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 10-01-12
    Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2008

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "The last French Kings of Valois and their Mum."

    Catherine de Medici, mother of Charles of France must vie with Livia, the wife of the Emporer Augustus of Rome (as described in 'I Claudius' by Robert Graves) as the nastiest, most evil woman in European history.

    I was reminded too of Eco's 'Name of the Rose' in the attempt to poison Henry that ended with Catherine's murder of her son. I think I could find many other gems of plot that have been developed by later authors in the construction of other authors' subsequent novels.

    With great humour Dumas presents us a Grand Melodrama.Though I do not know this, it was possibly published in serial form in the newspapers of his day.

    This story written in 1845 is set in the late 1500's. Religious massacres and gross betrayal, contrived by Catherine, follows the diplomatic marriage of her daughter, Margot to the Huguenot King Henry of Navarre. Having lulled the Huguenots to drop their guard the Saint Bartholomew Massacre of the Huguenots begins.

    Read so very well by 'Robert Whitfield', I found this Audio far more enjoyable than my reading of the hardcopy and the movie made in the 1990's.

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    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 04-18-12
    Nou Midlothian, TX, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011

    As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.

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    "Dumas is funny as always."
    What made the experience of listening to Queen Margot the most enjoyable?

    It's interesting to see another point of view. I read the story of Catherine de' Medici where her story was told from her point of view. This story is told from her daughter's point of view and is awesome. This book really made me wonder about familial relationships today. Are these relationships as conniving and deceitful still? This book was a great listen.


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    Nancy Brigantine, NJ, United States 09-29-08
    Nancy Brigantine, NJ, United States 09-29-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't bother."

    This was very disappointing. Frivilous plot, feeble characters, unsatisfying and vague ending. Seems like Dumas, whose work I love, was so bored with it himself he decided to just abruptly end it and move on.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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