The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom
Publish date: 2015-06-23
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Goldstone's book looks at the power struggle in France during the lives of Queen Catherine de Medici and her daughter Queen Margeruite (Margot) of Navarre. In part, Goldstone pushes back against the more recent histories that show Catherine has a good politician and her daughter as a slut. The foo...
Wow, what an amazing story! French history is every bit as rivetting as English history (at least at a distance of four hundred years). To be a royal female in Europe at this time you really needed to keep your head. A remarkable story, entertainingly told.
I found this dual biography that sheds light on the fraught relationship between misused, determined power-seeker Catherine de Medici and her equally misused, more idealistic daughter Marguerite fascinating and its tone just right. Rich with historical detail and compelling personalities, it’s as en...