MEDICIS DAUGHTER A NOVEL OF MARGUERITE DE VALOIS

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M Dicis Daughter

Author : Sophie Perinot
ISBN : 9781466883482
Genre : Fiction
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It's the winter of 1564 and the beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to her mother's household, where her true education begins in earnest. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Queen Catherine is an intimidating and unmoving presence in France, even as her country recovers from the first of many devastating religious wars. Among the crafty nobility of Queen Catherine's royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her manipulative family. Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot embraces her role as a pawn to be married off to the most convenient bidder. Despite her loyalty, Margot finds herself charmed by the powerful and charismatic Duc de Guise and falls for him even as she is promised to another. Finally setting aside her happiness for duty, Margot leaves the man she loves for Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic. Yet Queen Catherine's schemes are endless, and Margot's brother plots vengeance in the streets of Paris. Forced to choose between her family and what's right, Margot at last finds the strength within herself to forge her own destiny. Médicis 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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The Rival Queens

Author : Nancy Goldstone
ISBN : 9780297868644
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Set in Renaissance France at the magnificent court of the Valois kings, The Rival Queens is the history of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm. Catherine de' Medici, the infamous queen mother of France, was a consummate pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for thirty years. Her youngest daughter Marguerite, the glamorous 'Queen Margot', was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control. When Catherine forces the Catholic Marguerite to marry her Protestant cousin Henry of Navarre against her will, and then uses her opulent Parisian wedding as a means of luring his Huguenot followers to their deaths, she creates not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family. Rich in historical detail and vivid prose, Nancy Goldstone's narrative unfolds as a thrilling historical epic. Treacherous court politics, poisonings, international espionage and adultery form the background to a story whose fascinating array of characters include such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Nostradamus. From Catherine's early struggles with her husband's exquisite mistress, Diane de Poitiers, and her exultant rise to power, through Marguerite's poignant sacrifice of love and happiness to save her husband's life, and ultimately to the political awakening that leads to a threat to her very survival, The Rival Queens is a dangerous tale of love, betrayal, ambition and the true nature of courage, the echoes of which still resonate.
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Die Florentinische Prinzessin

Author : Christopher W. Gortner
ISBN : 9783641071417
Genre : Fiction
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Opulent, packend, unvergesslich: das faszinierende Porträt der Caterina de Medici Mit gerade mal acht Jahren wird Caterina de Medici im Zuge der republikanischen Unruhen zur Geisel genommen und gefangen gehalten, als junges Mädchen wird sie Heinrich dem II. versprochen und nach Frankreich, in eine ihr feindlich gesinnte, fremde Umgebung, geschickt. Am französischen Hof ist sie dann jahrelang den Demütigungen der Liebhaberin ihres Mannes ausgesetzt. Doch Caterina lässt sich nicht einschüchtern, und sie konzentriert all ihre Energien auf ein Ziel: den Thron für ihre Söhne zu sichern. Auch wenn dies bedeutet, ihre eigenen Ideale und die Leidenschaft ihres Herzens zu opfern ...
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Die Zweite Herzogin

Author : Elizabeth Loupas
ISBN : 9783644445413
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«Man sagt, er habe sie umgebracht ...» Diese Warnung erhält die junge Barbara von Habsburg am Vorabend ihrer Hochzeit mit Alfonso d’Este. Der dunkle Herzog steht im Verdacht, seine erste Frau, die bildschöne Lucrezia Borgia, vergiftet zu haben. Ob dasselbe Schicksal auch ihr bestimmt ist? Inmitten von Verschwörungen, Intrigen und Bündnissen am Hofe nimmt Barbara ihr Schicksal selbst in die Hand ... Liebe, Neid und Intrigen am Hofe von Ferrara: ein berauschendes Sittengemälde der italienischen Renaissance.
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Die Bibliothek Des Monsieur Proust

Author : Anka Muhlstein
ISBN : 9783458733621
Genre : Fiction
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In Prousts Werk lesen alle: Bedienstete und ihre Herrschaft, Kinder und Eltern, Künstler, Ärzte, Gesellschaftsmenschen. Aber auch Proust selbst war ein großer Leser, stand im Ruf, alles gelesen und nichts davon vergessen zu haben. In seiner »Suche auf der verlorenen Zeit« werden Schriftsteller und Literatur auf vielfältige Weise Teil dieses großen Romans, wird die Literatur gewissermaßen zu einem Hauptprotagonisten. Proust definiert seine Figuren über ihre Lektüren und ihren literarischen Geschmack: »Um seine Figuren zu charakterisieren, drückt Proust ihnen ein Buch in die Hand«, schreibt Anka Muhlstein. Anka Muhlstein zeigt in ihrem kleinen Proust-Buch die zentrale Bedeutung von Literatur für Leben und Werk von Marcel Proust auf und entschlüsselt auf unterhaltsame Art Anspielungen, Motive, Zitate, Handlungs- und Charakterzüge. Entstanden ist so eine fundierte Einführung in Prousts großen Roman und zugleich ein amüsantes Vademecum für jeden, der Bücher liebt.
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Der Schwur Der K Nigin

Author : Christopher W. Gortner
ISBN : 9783641099817
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Als Prinzessin lernte sie ihre große Liebe kennen. Muss sie sich als Königin zwischen ihrem Herzen und der Krone Spaniens entscheiden? Spanien, Mitte des 15. Jahrhunderts: Alte Fehden spalten die Königreiche Kastilien und Aragon. Prinzessin Isabella lebt am Hofe ihres Halbbruders Enrique, dem König von Kastilien. Nach einer Tragödie wird sie mit nur siebzehn Jahren zur Erbin des Throns. Nun muss sie über Nacht lernen, als souveräne Herrscherin zu agieren und sich gegen ihre politischen Feinde durchzusetzen. Denn nicht nur der Kampf um die Krone droht ein blutiger zu werden, sondern auch der um ihre große Liebe – den charismatischen Prinzen des verfeindeten Königreiches Aragon.
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The Valois Trilogy Queen Margot Chicot De Jester The Forty Five Guardsmen

Author : Alexandre Dumas
ISBN : 9788026851202
Genre : Fiction
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This carefully crafted ebook: “THE VALOIS TRILOGY: Queen Margot, Chicot de Jester & The Forty-Five Guardsmen” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Valois Trilogy covers the historical context of French Wars of Religion, during the Valois dynasty. The trilogy contains novels Marguerite de Valois (The Reine Margot), Chicot de Jester (La Dame de Monsoreau) and The Forty-Five Guardsmen. Marguerite de Valois or La Reine Margot is a historical novel set in Paris in August 1572 during the reign of Charles IX. The novel's protagonist is Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of the deceased Henry II and the infamous scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici. Chicot de Jester or La Dame de Monsoreau is concerned with fraternal royal strife at the court of Henri III. Tragically caught between the millstones of history are the gallant Count de Bussy and the woman he adores, la Dame de Monsoreau. The action takes place between February and September 1578, six years after the massacre of St. Bartholomew with which La Reine Margot begins. The Forty-Five Guardsmen is the third and final novel of the trilogy of Valois. The action takes place between 1585 and 1586, thirteen years after the massacre of St. Bartholomew. Having succeeded his brother Charles IX, Henry III reigned for ten years without being able to calm the political and religious agitation that delivers the kingdom to factions. Alexandre Dumas, père (1802-1870) was a French writer whose works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. His most famous works are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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Die Glasbl Serin Von Murano

Author : Marina Fiorato
ISBN : 9783644404717
Genre : Fiction
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Ein dunkles Geheimnis. Ein Herz aus Glas. Eine Liebe, die Jahrhunderte überdauert. Venezianisches Glas: kostbar wie Gold. Um das Geheimnis seiner Herstellung zu wahren, verbannte der Rat der Stadt die Glasbläser auf die streng abgeschirmte Insel Murano. Als Corradino Manin, der berühmteste der Glaskünstler, 1661 einen Fluchtversuch wagt, bringt er nicht nur sich selbst in Gefahr, sondern auch die, die er liebt. Fast vierhundert Jahre später stößt die junge Leonora Manin auf das Erbe ihrer Familie. Sie ahnt nicht, wie eng die Vergangenheit mit ihrer eigenen Zukunft verknüpft ist, wie sehr ihr eigenes Glück von Corradinos Schicksal abhängt ...
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Memoirs And Historical Chronicles Of The Courts Of Europe Memoirs Of Marguerite De Valois Queen Of France Wife Of Henri Iv Of Madame De Pompadour Of The Court Of Louis Xv And Of Catherine De Medici Queen Of France Wife Of Henri Ii

Author : Pierre de Bourdeille Brantôme
ISBN : 9781465537225
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The Secret Memoirs of Henry of Navarre's famous queen possess a value which the passage of time seems but to heighten. Emanating as they undoubtedly do from one of the chief actors in a momentous crisis in French history, and in the religious history of Europe as well, their importance as first-hand documents can hardly be overestimated. While the interest which attaches to their intimate discussions of people and manners of the day will appeal to the reader at the outset. Marguerite de Valois was the French contemporary of Queen Elizabeth of England, and their careers furnish several curious points of parallel. Marguerite was the daughter of the famous Catherine de Médicis, and was given in marriage by her scheming mother to Henry of Navarre, whose ascendant Bourbon star threatened to eclipse (as afterwards it did) the waning house of Valois. Catherine had four sons, three of whom successively mounted the throne of France, but all were childless. Although the king of the petty state of Navarre was a Protestant, and Catherine was the most fanatical of Catholics, she made this marriage a pretext for welding the two houses; but actually it seems to have been a snare to lure him to Paris, for it was at this precise time that the bloody Massacre of St. Bartholomew's day was ordered. Henry himself escaped--it is said, through the protection of Marguerite, his bride,--but his adherents in the Protestant party were slain by the thousands. A wedded life begun under such sanguinary auspices was not destined to end happily. Indeed, their marriage resembled nothing so much as an armed truce, peaceable, and allowing both to pursue their several paths, and finally dissolved by mutual consent, in 1598, when Queen Marguerite was forty-five. The closing years of her life were spent in strict seclusion, at the Castle of Usson, in Auvergne, and it was at this time that she probably wrote her Memoirs. In the original, the Memoirs are written in a clear vigorous French, and in epistolary form. Their first editor divided them into three sections, or books. As a whole they cover the secret history of the Court of France from the years 1565 to 1582--seventeen years of extraordinary interest, comprising, as they do, the Massacre of St. Bartholomew, already referred to, the formation of the famous League, the Peace of Sens, and the bitter religious persecutions which were at last ended by the Edict of Nantes issued after Henry of Navarre became Henry IV. of France. Besides the political bearing of the letters, they give a picturesque account of Court life at the end of the 16th century, the fashions and manners of the time, piquant descriptions, and amusing gossip, such as only a witty woman--as Marguerite certainly was--could inject into such subjects. The letters, indeed, abound in sprightly anecdote and small-talk, which yet have their value in lightening up the whole situation.
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