Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

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Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

M dicis Daughter A Novel of Marguerite de Valois Winter Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente Margot s in

  • Title: Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois
  • Author: Sophie Perinot
  • ISBN: 9781250072092
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winter, 1564 Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de M dicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns theWinter, 1564 Beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to the court of France, where nothing is what it seems and a wrong word can lead to ruin Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Margot s intimidating mother, Queen Catherine de M dicis, is a powerful force in a country devastated by religious war Among the crafty nobility of the royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her poisonous family.Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot accepts her role as a marriage pawn, even as she is charmed by the powerful, charismatic Duc de Guise Though Margot s heart belongs to Guise, her hand will be offered to Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic looking to seal a tenuous truce But the promised peace is a mirage her mother s schemes are endless, and her brothers plot vengeance in the streets of Paris When Margot s wedding devolves into the bloodshed of the St Bartholomew s Day Massacre, she will be forced to choose between her family and her soul.M dicis Daughter is historical fiction at its finest, weaving a unique coming of age story and a forbidden love with one of the most dramatic and violent events in French history.

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    1. Audra (Unabridged Chick) on said:

      The extent of my knowledge about Marguerite of Valois begins and ends with the sumptuous 1994 film starring Isabelle Adjani, but the drama of her marriage and the days following have stuck in my mind for more than a decade. I've been dying to get my hands on this book since learning of it, as I enjoyed Perinot's debut and was eager for her take on the infamous French royal and her notorious family.I was rewarded with a stellar read, a top ten for 2015, and I have no doubt I'll be haunted by this [...]

    2. Sarah on said:

      When you’re the daughter of Catherine de Médicis, Queen Mother and de facto ruler of France, you do as you’re told. After you’re introduced to court life, you avoid imitating other women’s flirtations, since it’s behavior unbecoming of your status. You acquiesce to potential marriage arrangements, even if it means a union with an unstable Spanish prince, or your unrefined Protestant cousin, Henri of Navarre. You must spurn the advances of the attractive Duc de Guise, even though your [...]

    3. Samantha on said:

      As a reader who enjoys exploring the lives of historical figures who were not always in the limelight, I enjoyed this novel featuring Marguerite de Valois. With a mother like Catherine de Medici it would have been difficult for Marguerite, or Margot as her friends call her, to take center stage. Then there's the fact that she had three brothers who were King of France and the King of Navarre for her husband. This novel takes a close look at the girl who would become a queen twice over through a [...]

    4. Jenny Q on said:

      I loved Sophie Perinot's debut novel, The Sister Queens, and I have been anxiously awaiting the release of her second book. Having read several books about Catherine de Medici, I was familiar with her daughter Margot, but not intimately, and this novel brings one of the unsung heroes of the house of Valois and the Wars of Religion to life. From a sweet, eager, naive child to a teenager warped by her family's ruthless quest for power, a pawn used by her mother and brothers, and then a young woman [...]

    5. The Lit Bitch on said:

      4.5 stars. This is my first novel by Perinot, I know she has written another historical fiction book set in the French court, so clearly this is a period that she loves and that shows in her research. The way that Perinot describes the court makes the reader feel like they are right there, and the historic characters are well written and true to their forms for the period and what history tells us of these characters. She captured the political intrigue so well that I felt like I was right there [...]

    6. Erin on said:

      Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I fell for Sophie Perinot’s work in 2012 when I read The Sister Queens. I was a young reviewer, but I was struck by the novel’s scope and mesmerized by the author’s command of language and prose. It was her debut piece, but it was captivating and I made a mental note to keep an eye out for her next release. Medicis Daughter hit the market more than three years later, but the novel proved well-worth the wait and cemented Perinot’s place [...]

    7. Erika Robuck on said:

      Rising above the chorus of historical drama is Perinot’s epic tale of the fascinating, lascivious, ruthless House of Valois, as told through the eyes of the complicated and intelligent Margaret. Burdened by her unscrupulous family and desperate for meaningful relationships, Margaret is forced to navigate her own path in sixteenth century France. Amid wars of nation and heart, MEDICIS DAUGHTER brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering odds to find the strength and power tha [...]

    8. Angie on said:

      Ever since a high school English Lit teacher introduced me to European royalty during class, I have been smitten with all things Royal. I can't seem to get enough and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read this, particularly as a pre-release. I have to apologize for the late reviewI totally got swept up in busyness and forgot I hadn't reviewed this yet (even though I read it in November). Margot was a great character! With a notorious mother like Catherine de Medicis, you can't help but ha [...]

    9. Melisende d'Outremer on said:

      Having read Dumas' "la reine margot", I was looking forward to Sophie's interpretation of marguerite de Valois, and I was not disappointed. It is a remarkably fluent story of Margueriets life from her debut at the French Court until her marriage and the massacre on St Bartholomew's Day.Much has been said of Marguerite, especially in relation to her mother, Catherine de Medici, but here Sophie casts her in a more favourable light. The story flows and held my interest from start to finish.

    10. Julianne Douglas on said:

      It’s about time! Time to give the Tudors some competition. Time to show that the history of sixteenth century France is just as, if not more, gripping than that of Henry’s and Elizabeth’s England. Time to bring to vivid life the historical players who stalked the halls of the Louvre and Fontainebleau pursuing goals as grandiose, hatching plots as intricate, and delighting in loves as passionate as those of any of Henry’s wives or Elizabeth’s courtiers.In MÉDICIS DAUGHTER (St. Martin [...]

    11. Melinda on said:

      A well penned glimpse into the machinations of court life through Margot's point of view.Margot is a pawn, used for power and political gain in the court of her brother. You understand her predicament along with emotions as she blossoms from adolescence to marriage.Meticulously researched granting readers access to the life and times of the 16th century. Minute descriptions vividly depict the backstage and public schemes of court, first person narration adds to the level of intimacy presented.Hi [...]

    12. Elena on said:

      Pretty cover! I am seriously excited for this book, but december 2015?! :(

    13. Thomas J. on said:

      Warning:  Some spoilers for the plot follow.Thanks to the great folks over at NetGalley, I recently had the chance to read Sophie Perinot's newest historical novel, Medicis Daughter, which chronicles the life and loves of Marguerite of Valois, the daughter of Catherine de Medicis who, through an advantageous marriage, would ultimately become (for a time) Queen of France.  The novel, however, focuses mainly on the time before her fateful marriage to Henri, the King of Navarre, a noted Prote [...]

    14. Heather on said:

      If you have read novels on the life of Catherine de Medici the events in Medicis Daughter will not be new to you, however the first person perspective of Marguerite, Catherine’s daughter, should be a refreshing take on it. The novel only covers an approximate 10 years of Marguerite’s life, from her relative obscurity away from court until just past her marriage to Henry of Navarre. I actually appreciated this fact because even though Marguerite had an interesting life even after this time pe [...]

    15. Shannon on said:

      4 StarsThank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Médicis Daughter will be released on December 1, 2015, and I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical fiction. Especially anyone interested in the Valois dynasty or Catherine de Medici.This novel follows the young and beautiful Princess Marguerite, or Margot to her close friends and family, as she makes her way to the court of her brother King Charles IX in 1564. She quickly learns the [...]

    16. Sheree on said:

      I love historical fiction and France's history in particular is rich, vivid and endlessly fascinating. I've read a few novels focused on the formidable Catherine de Medici but this was my first look at the early life of her daughter Marguerite and my first Sophie Perinot novel. Definitely a positive experience.The story is told from the first person perspective of Marguerite (Margo) and her relationships with her Valois family are front and centre. Mother Catherine de Medici, brothers King Charl [...]

    17. Lígia Bellini on said:

      I always find fascinating to read about Catherine de Médicis and her family. Catherine was indeed the "Madame La Serpente". Her "reign" (because, she always manipulated King Charles) was full of schemes, libertinages and murderers. Margot was one of Catherine's puppets, to use and achieve whatever she thought was the best for her and Anjou. The reading is very interesting! I think the writer, was true to the history about the Valois. I just think that she made Margot, looks more like an "innoce [...]

    18. Ann on said:

      4.5 An engrossing, enjoyable historical novel of 16th century France telling the story of Margot, Queen Catherine de Medici's daughter. This novel refreshed and increased my knowledge of how evil royalty could be when their power was at stake; how female princesses were mainly assets to be bartered and traded and seemed to exist for little other reason; and I think most importantly how again religion plays such a role in world conflicts, i.e. the strife between French Catholics and French protes [...]

    19. Elysium on said:

      3,5 starsThe book started really slow and I was thinking about quitting but at halfway through it changed when things started to happen. I’m glad I kept reading because the latter part was really good.We follow Margot from her childhood when she joins the court of her brother Charles IX to St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. During that time, she learns to get less innocent and learn to stand up to herself.My biggest problem, especially at the start, was Margot. I didn’t like her and she was j [...]

    20. Marci on said:

      A fabulous novel full of political intrigue, scandal, and romance. I am a great fan of Valois France, and this book had me at hello! Chock full of courtly intrigue, scandalous affairs, and religious strife, I could not put this down . This author pays great attention to historical details and descriptions, making these characters come to life! And the ending I need more Valois France!! Great author, great book!! I highly recommend any book by Sophie Perinot!!

    21. Margaret Sankey on said:

      Average historical novel about Marguerite de Valois and the Wars of Religion in France, with the author gambling entirely on your tolerance for having major events narrated in the first person by an angry, self-indulgent teenager.

    22. Gretchen on said:

      Best book I have read all year! I know it's only February but it's going to take something epic to topple this book from its pedestal. How are there not more novels about this family? About this time period?

    23. Colleen Turner on said:

      Find my full review at aliteraryvacation.As much as I love history and historical fiction, my knowledge of French history is just dreadful. It's not that I don't enjoy it, I actually find it quite fascinating, I just haven't read very much about it. Because of this I know only the very basics about the most infamous figures, including Catherine de Medicis, and so was eager to see what delicious new information I would learn within the pages of Medicis Daughter. I am so happy to report that Medic [...]

    24. Jennifer on said:

      I really enjoyed this novel. Having recently read the non-fiction book "The Rival Queens" by Nancy Goldstone I was able to enjoy this novel even more as all the key players were fresh in my mind and I was truly able to appreciate the author's decisions behind certain character portrayals. Nothing stood out as being overly embellished for the reader. The author did a good job of adhering to the historical record as much as possible without sacrificing her story. It was a very well-written novel.H [...]

    25. Irene on said:

      Oh wow, this book has managed to capture my attention! I was truly excited to read this book, since I love the tv show Reign. The Valois were such an interesting family, especially with Catherine as its head. What I liked most about this book was the character development. Sophie Perinot truly let the beautiful Marguerite evolve from a girl into a woman. It was very well written. You could see how much influence Catherine as her mother had on her personality. La Serpente, whose character was als [...]

    26. Kathleen Kelly on said:

      Medici's Daughter Renaissance France was a time in history known as the rebirth of culture, including art, literature, and music. Medici's Daughter takes place during this rebirth. The Valois family included King Henry II of France Catherine de' Medici, Margaret was the sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III of France, and Queen Elizabeth of Spain . In this novel, though, King Henry II and King Francis II are already deceased and Charles IX is king but rules under his mother's thum [...]

    27. Marcie on said:

      A few years ago, I read The Sister Queens by Sophie Perinot and I really liked it. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read her latest novel, Medicis Daughter. And let's face it--The Medicis are great fodder for storytelling anyway. I am happy to report that once again Perinot brings her 'A' game. She transports you back in time to France during the 1500's to a country full of religious turmoil. Princess Margot has been brought up to basically be a pawn in her family's political board g [...]

    28. Michelle (True Book Addict) on said:

      I first learned of Marguerite de Valois (Princess Margot) upon watching the 1994 French film, La Reine Margot. The subject matter and her character fascinated me and ever since I've been intrigued to learn more about her. When I was given the opportunity to read and review Medicis Daughter, I couldn't wait to say yes.Perinot is a talented historical author. She takes characters already known to us and makes them even more real. Princess Margot's mother, Catherine de Medici, a woman both maligned [...]

    29. Ruth Chatlien on said:

      I knew about Henri of Navarre, Catherine de Médicis, and the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of Huguenots from my work as a history textbook editor, but somehow I'd never learned much about Marguerite of Valois, the protagonist of Médicis Daughter. Although a princess, Margot (as she is often called in Sophie Perinot's novel) finds her life is dominated by others. She is a pawn in more ways than one. First, due to the political maneuvering of her mother (who may be only queen mother in name but [...]

    30. Carol Palmer on said:

      A few years ago I read an historical novel about Catherine de Medici. It ended with the death of Henry II, so, I found this novel was great to pick up the story of the Valois family. Marguerite de Valois was the seventh child and third daughter of Henry II and Catherine de Medici. This book starts right before she joins the Royal Court at age 11. She starts out as a very naïve girl, but soon grows into a woman who can play the game of politics almost as well as her mother. Since she is royalty [...]

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