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Des « noces vermeilles » de Marguerite de Valois et Henri de Navarre, prélude au massacre des protestants, à la mort de Charles IX baignant dans une rosée de sang, les deux années qui s'écoulent comptent parmi les plus cruelles de l'histoire de France. Guerres civiles de religion, luttes d'influence au sein de la famille royale, complots et assassinats politiques forment lDes « noces vermeilles » de Marguerite de Valois et Henri de Navarre, prélude au massacre des protestants, à la mort de Charles IX baignant dans une rosée de sang, les deux années qui s'écoulent comptent parmi les plus cruelles de l'histoire de France. Guerres civiles de religion, luttes d'influence au sein de la famille royale, complots et assassinats politiques forment la trame sombre sur laquelle se détache la figure de Margot. Beauté incomparable, dame galante, cette fille de France est aussi une femme de lettres doublée d'une redoutable politique ; Marguerite est avant tout une Valois, fille de roi, sœur de roi, femme de roi. Et le brave La Mole, ce jeune gentilhomme protestant réfugié dans l'alcôve royale pour échapper à ses assassins la nuit de la Saint-Barthélemy, sait que l'amour qu'il voue à cette perle le précipitera au cœur d'intrigues de pouvoir où la vie d'un homme n'a guère de poids....

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Marguerite de Valois Reviews

  • Manny
    2019-02-26 04:49

    If you're one of those people who lick their finger before turning over the page, I strongly recommend that you don't read this book. Particularly if you're on the paranoid side.

  • Madeline
    2019-03-22 06:38

    SO much better than I expected it to be. The book is long, but the story moves at such a fast pace and so much happens that you don't even notice. All the characters are fascinating, and my personal favorite was Catherine d'Medici, who wins the award for Worst Mother-in-Law Ever. I swear, she spends all her time trying to poison just about everybody in the book. She kills one person with poisoned gloves, then fills somebody's lamp with poisoned oil so the vapors smother them, and then she poisons the pages of a book. It's evil and amazing.The only reason this book doesn't get five stars is simple: NO SEX! (yes, I am trashy. Get over it.)Dumas has no problem describing the St. Bartholomew's Massacre, the gross symptoms of Catherine's poisons, and lengthy torture sessions, but he refuses to tell us anything about what goes on in the secret house where Margot and her friend meet their boyfriends. These people were going at it like coked-up rabbits for the entire book, but based on Dumas's descriptions, the farthest anyone ever got was a kiss on the forehead. Luckily, there happens to be a French movie based on the book, and although it takes serious liberties with Dumas's plot, it's rated R, and for a very good reason. Read Queen Margot, then see the movie version if, like me, you have a dirty mind and a weakness for smut.

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-03-08 07:05

    "Vedremo se della regina Margot sarà tanto facile fare una monaca.""We shall see if they can make Queen Margot into a nun so easily."Betrayals. Broken hearts. Conspiracies. A marriage sealed by ambition instead of love. Queens with too big a heart and queens with no heart at all. True sentiments that require to be muffled and false ones who aim to look deeper than they are. Poison, swords and blood. Hunting parties where those who chase the game are game themselves. Ambushes in the dark. (Not so) secret lovers. Sacrifice, freedom, improbable alliances. A friendship that laugh in the face of Death.Dumas is a master story-teller. But since this is all I am able to write, I'm clearly not a master reviewer. I apologize- but I have the you will forgive me once you pick up La reine Margot (in English also known as Queen Margot) and read it: you'll be too engrossed in the story to take heed of the inadequacy of my words. (I hope.)

  • Kelly
    2019-03-02 12:53

    By turns highly unlikely and highly hilarious, Dumas' La Reine Margot is a wildly uneven, careening tale that knows perfectly well what it is and wants your gasps, sighs, and unbidden, unstoppable, "Oh no he didn't!"s. Or perhaps I should say "Oh no she didn't!" as the most shocking, ridiculously amazingly evil and awful moments are reserved for the truly unbelievable Satan of the piece, Catherine de Medici. She spends most of the book figuring out new ways to poison, arrest and assassinate anyone she doesn't like, or who pisses her off just by living- or even just anyone she can use for a momentary whim. She kills people with poison on gloves, in smoke from a lamp, with lip balm on their mistress' lips, with arsenic soaked treatises on sports, and oh yes, with poisoned apples. She sends people to murder others in their beds, has people tortured so she can cut off their heads and use it for auguring, and opens trap doors to send people plunging to their deaths in the dungeons. There's really no mildly irritating Catherine de Medici. She will kill you for wearing clashing socks. Oh sure, there's some sort of prophecy regarding Henry of Navarre about there, but I'm pretty sure that's not the point. Not sure if Dumas is indulging in some xenophobia there, but I wouldn't be surprised. She's referred to as "the Florentine," as much as she's referred to by name. No Frenchman could ever be so evil....! And yet. The majority of the Frenchmen in the book suck, too. (It should also be noted that Dumas took a whole lot of liberties with history, particularly with the characters and relationship of Henry and Marguerite. Catherine is as evil as legend would paint her, though she never quite lived up to that in reality. Lots of little other details, but all in the name of story.) The back of the book tells me one of the massacring, Catholics is supposed to be the hero- I don't get that. Except maybe if making out with his dead best friend's severed head is supposed to redeem him. (Oh yeah, that happened.) I think I liked about two people all through the book. Well, and the loving to hate Catherine too. There was that.In the end it became a bit of an unexpected slog to get through because I kept losing interest in the paper thin characters and the repeated terrible ideas that passed for plots, and the often motivation-less changes of loyalty. But then there would be a great scene or one of Catherine's amazing assassination attempts, and I'd be drawn back in. I just wish the interludes between these had been remotely as interesting. I'd have ripped through this in hours.

  • Marita
    2019-02-26 07:54

    Set against the backdrop of the ghastly wars of religion, and in particular the infamous St Bartholomew's Day massacre, Alexandre Dumas presents an action-packed plot written with much wit, subtlety and irony.

  • Camille
    2019-02-25 08:05

    Est-ce que c'est une mode, lorsqu'on est un personnage féminin de la littérature du XIXème, de se promener dans des calèches avec des têtes décapitées sur les genoux ? Je me le demande. Je ne vais pas noter ça, parce que ce serait injuste. Je suis visiblement passée à côté de ce livre, ou alors ce n'est pas du tout ma tasse de thé. Mais c'était ma pire lecture de l'année. Un mois et demi à le finir, j'ai persévéré, mais je ne sais pas pourquoi. Si j'étais enthousiaste, aux premières pages, à l'idée de me manger un bon, gros, gras roman historique classique et franchouillard, avec au programme des duels de cape et d'épée, de l'amour, des gens qui se cachent derrière des tapisseries, des poupées de cire, des parfums empoisonnés, des livres empoisonnés, et pourquoi pas des gâteaux au yaourt empoisonnés, j'en avais ma claque au bout de cent pages, tellement on m'avait déjà gavée de duels de cape et d'épée, d'amour, de gens qui se cachent derrière des tapisseries, de poupées de cire, de parfums empoisonnés, de livres empoisonnés, et quasiment de gâteaux au yaourt empoisonnés. Encore, je n'ai pas parlé d'étalons fougueux. Je n'ai jamais vu l'adaptation cinématographique, j'ai toujours voulu attendre de lire le livre d'abord. Je m'attendais à de belles fresques, épiques, des descriptions en justesse des principaux acteurs de la Saint Barthélémy. Il y avait une poignée de personnages historiques peints à gros traits, tout blancs ou tout noirs, qui s'avancent tous maladroitement vers leur destin. Finalement, seule la description de l'amitié entre la Mole et (mais comment il s'appelle ce type, j'ai déjà oublié) m'a touchée. Flop.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-11 08:43

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  • AGamarra
    2019-03-01 12:36

    Empecé con muchas expectativas a leer "La Reina Margot" y creo que las colmó ampliamente.La historia narra uno de los temas más recordados en Francia, las Guerras de Religión entre protestantes y católicos.Reina en Francia Carlos IX quien a su vez es manipulado por su corte, principalmente por su temible madre Catalina de Médicis, quien es la que realmente gobierna; están con él sus ambiciosos hermanos Enrique, Duque de Anjou y Francisco, duque de Alencon. Por otro lado tenemos a los hugonotes o protestantes, cuyo líder natural es Enrique de Navarra, secundado por un almirante, un caballero De Mouy y el valiente conde Bonifacio de la Mole.Margarita, quien da título a la obra, es la esposa de Enrique de Navarra, casada con él por orden de su madre Catalina de Médicis con la intención de reconciliar a dos facciones de Francia. Ambos no se aman y cada uno tiene su propio amante como se verá en la novela, pero como en la historia real, se apoyan para acceder algún día al trono de Francia.Es una novela que aunque pocas veces se hace tediosa por la gran cantidad de páginas tiene un argumento extraordinario, opacado en mi parecer en parte por la semejanza y poca profundidad de sus personajes (como es común en Dumas) y por la gran cantidad de licencias históricas que se permite aquí como nunca. Esto de aquí para mí, que me gusta tanto la historia, fue un pequeño conflicto. Si yo no hubiese sabido nada de los personajes reales no hubiese dudado en ponerle las 5 estrellas, como fue en el caso de los Tres Mosqueteros, cuyos personajes son irreales, pero sabiendo que casi todos existieron y ver muchas veces la realidad deformada es como un desengaño, pero vamos, si la historia que cuenta fuera de personajes todos imaginados pues realmente me ha encantado.Aunque muchas cosas en forma y fondo creo comparte con "Los tres mosqueteros" se puede destacar algunos asuntos que me gustaron como la profundidad de las relaciones amorosas (aunque nuevamente la descripción romántica es muy pero muy débil), los increíbles juegos de la corte francesa (que aunque en "Los tres Mosqueteros" también es un conjunto de engaños bien urdidos pero aquí considero es aún más diabólicos los planes) y la enorme cantidad de personajes que maneja esta historia.Se puede decir que en esta novela hay de todo, amores, odios, traiciones, presagios, desengaños y un largo etcétera. Me sorprendió sí la cantidad de oráculos y presagios a lo largo de la obra (me gusta mucho eso a pesar que yo soy el más escéptico de los escépticos en cuanto a esas cuestiones, porque encuentro más patéticos los desenlaces o más "heroicos" como en el mismo "Rojo y Negro") y también la crueldad en algunos episodios que hacen tanto contraste con la amistad sincera y hasta inocente de La Mole y su amigo Aníbal de Coconnas (o Coconasso).Insisto con lo mismo, que si me quitasen la idea que la historia verdadera fue diferente o que los personajes hayan existido pondría probablemente más arriba esta obra, pero de todas maneras creo (no estoy muy seguro) que es mejor que "Los tres Mosqueteros", de lo que no dudo ni un poco es que recomiendo altamente esta novela, puede aburrir por momentos pero la trama es soberbia.

  • Giovanna
    2019-03-05 10:43

    Buddy read with Cari! :33.5First: I love Dumas. It's not just one book, even though it's clear to me that The Count of Montecristo is my favourite, but the author. And it rarely happens with classics to me, because I usually read one author's most famous work and then stop. Even if I loved it. I don't know why to be honest, it just happens: Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, Oscar Wilde and The Picture of Dorian Gray. I loved those books, but I haven't picked up anything else by these authors and truthfully, I don't plan to, not in the near future. With Dumas it's different. I read The Count of Montecristo first and then picked up The three musketeers, Twenty years later, The Black Tulip and even Robin Hood. I had planned to read Queen Margot too, and bought it almost two years ago (either for Christmas or my 18th birthday, can't remember now), but then lost the will to. It might be because of my disappointment with The Viscount of Bragelonne, who knows. That said, now that I've read it...I've got mixed feelings. I loved the first half, for all its scheming, but the second half fell a bit flat, especially towards the end. To be honest I had thought that the book would have ended with Henry IV on the throne, but it doesn't, and because of that it felt unfinished to me. Like the storyline, its arc, wasn't complete. The first half of the book was wonderful. I liked that Margot and Caterina were the two main characters of this show. The were like puppeteers, pulling at the others' strings in order to accomplish their goals. And I'm a sucker for politics and conspiracies (especially when poison is involved), so there was no way I wouldn't have enjoyed the first part. Plus I loved that the male characters were pawns in their schemes. The second half of the book lost its charm a bit in my opinion. It wasn't bad, not at all, but it was a bit dispersive and chaotic, in terms of plot and characters. The story worked more when it was focused on a few characters, but here we saw less and less of Margot and Caterina themselves. It wasn't as compelling as the first 300 pages were. The ending didn't satisfy me either, probably because I expected the book to end with Henry IV on the throne, but it didn't. In my head that was the ending. In spite of this Queen Margot is a solid book. It's nowhere near the best Dumas (read The Count of Montecristo first, always) but it's still a good book. I'd recommend it to people who have already read something by Dumas, but I'd say that it's not the right book to start reading Dumas.

  • Misfit
    2019-03-17 11:02

    It’s 1572 and in an effort to ease tensions between the Catholics and the Huguenots Henry III King of Navarre is married to Marguerite de Valois (Margot). Shortly after the marriage the Huguenots are slaughtered at the order of Charles IX and his mother Catherine de Medicis on Saint Bartholomew’s Day. Catherine is also bent on destroying Henry as her astrologer has foretold that her three sons will die and Henry of Navarre will rule France through the Bourbon line. Margot's dashing lover La Mole and his compatriot Coconnas are our two heroes and their fates weave in and out of the lives of the French Court.Outside of that, this is really too difficult of a storyline to describe unless I wanted to write a book report and give it all away, and you know I don’t do that. In typical Dumas fashion and flair La Reine Margot overflows with treachery, intrigue, hidden staircases and doors, poison, murder plots, gallant heroes and best of all – Catherine de Medici is the most deliciously over the top villainess I have come across in a long time. What fun! Despite a very difficult start trying to grasp the political complexities and characters, by the halfway mark I was rocking along and had a hard time keeping my nose out of it. While I loved it to bits, just be warned if you are new to Dumas this is probably not the book for you - the first few chapters will frustrate you so much you'll never want to try him again. I'd try The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers first. The Oxford Classics addition has a very helpful forward and character notes in the back - but be careful reading too much or you'll pick up a nasty spoiler or two.

  • Renee M
    2019-03-08 09:49

    My favorite Dumas. This book has everything. History, Adventure, Intrigue, Romance, Religion, Battles, Poison, Incest, Pathos, Humor... EVERYTHING!Catherine D'Medici is the scariest, creepiest, most terrifying villainess. But she is absolutely fabulous to read.Reread 2017- Still an amazing story. I can't believe that in the age of George RR Martin, this novel hasn't awakened more interest. There's just so much blood and intrigue!

  • Cher
    2019-02-22 07:47

    1.5 stars - I didn't like it. Being a huge fan of Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, made this one all the more disappointing as it suffers horribly in comparison. It’s hard to imagine that he wrote them only one year apart as the writing style is drastically different. I found this one to be a slog with forgettable characters that never fully grasped the reader’s attention. My trusted reviewer friends make this one sound so promising but at 300 pages in, I’m crying “Uncle”. -------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: Women are never so strong as after their defeat.First Sentence: On Monday the 18th of August 1572, there was a grand fate at the Louvre.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2019-03-16 05:53

    I read this one hoping to find another series as engaging as the d'Artagnon romances but even if I enjoyed this story, its characters did not engage my imagination as much d'Artagnon, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (or Dantès from Monte Cristo). This story is the beginning of a cycle based on the life of Henry IV. Margot who starts out as a haughty bitch eventually mellows out and gets a bit more real - that is essentially the plot. It is interesting and in that Dumas cliff-hanger way exciting but most of it was ghost-written and I found it overall a weaker novel than the other ones I mentioned. I guess it is more for the hardcore Dumas fan than for the neophyte.

  • James
    2019-03-08 05:44

    The first few pages filled me with literary foreboding. Lots of confusing names declaimed at length. The book promised dull worthiness from turgid word to florid phrase. On page 22 of my edition the King of Navarre and his new wife the sister of the king France agree that while they will always have different lovers they will always be allies. From then on I was treated to riotous carnival of oh no she did not just do that with a lot of he did the dastardly scoundrel, I never. It is beyond stupid and enjoyable. It also served as the basis of a brilliant film. Gosh I enjoyed this one.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-20 10:37

    This is an example of why some books are considered classics. It could have been written at any time, there is nothing to date it or make it seem plodding and musty. Wraps you up in the story.

  • Daniella
    2019-03-09 12:35

    Apparently, Queen Margot was originally published serially in several newspapers and magazines of the day, and I imagine that it was basically the 19th century French equivalent of a soap opera. It certainly reads like one. But guess how many fucks I give? None! Not a single fuck.Don't get me wrong--I'm really not the kind of girl who enjoys that sort of thing. Space operas, yes. Soap operas and generally similar things? Not so much. But come on, how can I not love this book? Courtly intrigues! Dastardly plots! Clandestine love affairs! Poisonings and assassinations and duels, oh my! Queen Margot is a fast-paced, high-spirited, romping adventure revolving around the 16th century French court.Let's not kid ourselves, though. Obviously dear Alexandre took liberties with history and blurred the line between fact and fiction. But again, the number of fucks I give is holding steady at zero. After all, I didn't snatch this book off the shelf at the library because I thought it would be a comprehensive and historically accurate account of the life and times of Marguerite de Valois. If that was what I wanted, I'm sure there's no shortage of texts available to me. But no, I chose this book because it combines so many of my favorite things: history, batshit royals, intrigue, daring heroics, and swashbuckling adventure. (Oh, and a pretty epic bromance, but I didn't know that until later. Bonus!*) I figured it would keep me entertained during the long hours at the hideously boring and uneventful job I was working at the time, and I was not disappointed.So, here's the thing: if you like historical fiction, you'll probably like this book. And if you like The Three Musketeers and other similar type stories, then you'll probably especially like this book. Just don't go into it expecting it to be anything other than what it is. Queen Margot is a fun, ridiculous, over-the-top adventure story that doesn't take itself too seriously, and if you can appreciate it as such, then you will, I hope, enjoy reading it as much as I did.*Your mileage may vary. As another reviewer points out, there is a pretty squicktastic moment toward the end.

  • Tiffany
    2019-03-06 07:02

    I picked this book up from the library a few years ago and was so impressed with it that I later bought a copy at my local bookstore. Of course, I did receive strange looks from the store clerk, but that was most likely because she was jealous that I had such an amazing book and she didn't know a good book if it hit her in the face. The way she was going on about Alexandre Dumas and the people that read his work...I am a huge Dumas fan. Always have been since I was a young child and I was introduced to his Three Musketeers. However, this book is amongst a large list of books that most of the world outside of France don't know too much about. My family never knew that Alexandre Dumas ever wrote anything outside of The Three Musketeers, and it is really thanks to a French friend of mine that hales from France that I ever found out about this book in the first place.Queen Margot is a book that is set in the turbulent French Wars of Religion (or at the very start of it), and has main characters that are either very likeable or you take an intense hatred to. Personally, I loved Dumas's version of Charles IX and of Margot. I especially loved the heroes of the story which included Henri of Navarre (the future Henri IV), and though Henri of Navarre typically receives praise by modern historians and academics, in this book he is portrayed as being more human, more loveable... more, I don't know, vulnerable.I've decided since picking up the English version to go ahead and order the French. It arrived... surprise surprise, a month later as the local bookshop had to order it from a publisher in Paris, but the original French seemed to be more spectacular and full of emotion than the English.It isn't that I thought this edition was lacklustre in any sense. As a matter of fact, whoever did the translating, did a brilliant job at introducing this classic to English readers. However, I am the sort that loves a book in its original language, and if I can read in the original language, then I am going to go to all the trouble of getting a book in that original language.I am certainly looking forward to reading the sequel to this book. Though, does anyone know if Oxford World Classics published their own translation of this book series yet?

  • Meg
    2019-03-07 11:51

    I LOVE the first 3/4 of this book. It's full of action, humor, wit, and a little romance. Also, Queen Margot herself: gorgeous, smart, and clear-headed yet passionate. I love Dumas' use of suspense through implication in this book - as when he describes the events leading up to a poisoning at great length but without ever explicitly saying what is happening until after it's over. Lots of very funny French irony (my favorite bits were dialogue in which the various royal folks were pretending they didn't know their spouses were cheating on them - which they didn't actually care about because it was an arranged marriage - yet pretending that of course they WOULD care if they knew about it.)There is a fair amount of gore in the book, especially in the last 1/4, but luckily I was reading it in French so the words just didn't quite affect me in the same way (I didn't exactly study the specialized vocabulary of 16th century massacre, so at several points I was like "What on earth is a... never mind, I'm just as glad not to know."). As for the ending, I can't really blame the author, since - let's be real - no story about the royalty of France has a happy ending. (view spoiler)[Note to my partner: If I die a tragic death protecting your honor, please make me a solemn vow that you will NOT preserve my head and keep it with you in a silken pouch. (hide spoiler)]Moral of the story: Don't be the King of France. Or Queen of France. Or King or Queen of anything near France. Or lover of the King/Queen. Also, and this is key: **Don't have Catherine de Medicis for a mother, a mother-in-law, a boss, and/or an enemy.**

  • An Badagadze
    2019-02-27 12:40

    ხომ არსებობს წიგნები, ბავშვობაში წასაკითხი, ყმაწვილობაში, ისე რომ მოგწონს, იმაზე კარგი და სერიოზული ნაწარმოები არც არაფერი რომ გგონია. ასე მიყვარდა მე დედოფალი მარგო, ქალი რომ იყო, თავის სიყვარულის გამო, მერე მოგვიანებით იზაბელ აჯანის სახემ რომ ჩაანაცვლა ჩემს წარმოდგენაში და ისტორიის სიყვარულის გამოც. ხოდა ვკითხულობდი ამ წიგნს ყოველ წელს და იმ ბავშვობის სიყვარულის გამო იქნება ჩემი favorite-ბის თაროზე, თორემ ახლა ვერც და არც წავიკითხავ ალბათ და ვერც და აღარც მომეწონება ისე, როგორც სხვა ნაწარმოებები მომწონს, მოგვიანებით წაკითხული და ვერ დასავიწყებელი, ხუთვარსკვლავიანები. ეს დამავიწყდა, მაგრამ მისი სიყვარული არ, არც ის პარიზი რომ შემაყვარა, რაღაცნაირად. ზოგი ადამიანივით დამავიწყდა, ცხოვრებაში რომ მოდიან, მერე მიდიან და მარტო ცოდნას ტოვებენ, რომ რაღაცას ნიშნავდნენ ოდესღაც ჩვენთვის. ეს ადამიანებიც, წიგნებიც, ფილმებიც საბოლოოდ ქმნის იმას რაც ვართ, ოღონდ ჩვენ ვერც ვხვდებით ხშირად როგორ და კონკრეტულად რას ცვლიან. მგონი სხვაგან წავედი...

  • AnaΣtaΣia
    2019-03-05 07:00

    3,5 stars.

  • Anna
    2019-03-15 12:47

    Everything I need to know about French history, I learned from Dumas :)

  • Roseb612
    2019-03-10 06:01

    Dumase už jsem nečetla věky, vlastně ho ani nemám moc ráda - Tři mušketýry jsem nikdy nedočetla (a to jsme měli doma to krásné velkoformátové vydání od Albatrosu) a jediné, co se mi od něj opravdu líbilo, byl Hrabě Monte Christo (toho jsem četla několikrát a teď mám zálusk na tu bornovskou edici).Královna Margot je první díl trilogie Poslední Valois (nebo také Hugenoti) a byť se v první polovině věnuje Bartolomějské noci a jejím dozvukům, tak ve finále je to klasický Dumas - dvorní intriky, záměny postav, romantická láska, hrdinná smrt pro čest atd. Vzhledem k tomu, že autor si s psychologií postav příliš nerozumí, tak je to z větší části jen výčet událostí pospojovaných do složité sítě, ale bohužel nic víc. Když to srovnám třeba s Dickensem (ať zůstanu u časově příhodných autorů), tak to je nebe a dudy - a paradoxně jsem dřív měla raději Dumase než Dickense, ale dnes je to přesně naopak.Jedna z knih, u nichž zařazení na 1001 list příliš nechápu - její přečtení neurazí, ale také nijak nenadchne - takže za průměrné tři hvězdičky. To si raději dám znovu toho Monte Christa.Kontext: Nějakou dobu jsem 1001 dost zanedbávala, tak s tím musím trošku pohnout - takže po jedné dočtené knize z listu hned další. A taky se chci podívat na film, kdysi jsem ho viděla a nebylo to špatné.První věta: "Píše se pondělí osmnáctého srpna roku tisíc pět set sedmdesát dva."Poslední věta: "Jindřich Navarrský si vzdychl a zmizel ve tmě."

  • Teryna90
    2019-03-06 10:44

    Ho iniziato questo libro circa un anno fa... ed ahimè se ci ho messo tanto per terminarlo. L'ho interrotto e ripreso innumerevoli volte. Purtroppo non sono riuscita ad instaurare un rapporto d'amore immediato con questo testo come per tutti gli altri testi di Dumas, che a mio avviso è uno dei più grandi scrittori mai esistiti.Penso che il problema sia stato sostanzialmente uno. Conoscevo già la storia. Essendo un'amante della storia, in particolar modo della storia moderna, conoscevo ogni minimo dettaglio della salita al potere di Enrico, marito di Margherita. Conoscevo la triste sorte legata all'amante di lei, e ciò ha reso anche la parte romantica meno intrigante. Purtroppo non sono riuscita ad apprezzare questo testo. La prima metà del libro era abbastanza interessante, i vari intrighi, le varie manipolazioni ed avvelenamenti della regina madre Caterina mi hanno tenuta incollata al libro per un po'... ma poi successivamente ho iniziato a provare una certa noia per tutti i personaggi.Mi dispiace Dumas, sul serio... perché ho dovuto saltare alcune pagine e leggere rapidamente alcuni capitoli pur di giungere alla fine e terminare questo libro, che non potevo non terminare. Un libro di Dumas non terminato è come lasciare bruciare lo zucchero più del dovuto, ottenendo come effetto un caramello bruciato. -.- Okay è un po' tardi quindi non so più che diavolo scrivo, so solo che mi dispiace terribilmente. Avrei voluto amare questo libro ma non è andata così. Comunque nonostante tutto non posso fare a meno di dare 3.5 stelle a questo libro perché so perfettamente che l'unico motivo per cui non l'ho amato è legato a me ed alla conoscenza dei fatti. Lo stile di Dumas come sempre è sorprendente, le vicende narrate in maniera accattivante, gli intrighi resi ancor più piccanti, le parti romanzate sempre strepitose, le lotte sempre mozzafiato. Beh che dire... stiamo parlando comunque di Alexandre Dumas. Un nome. Una garanzia. In questo testo egli riesce ad amalgamare perfettamente la finzione alla storiografia e lui è uno dei pochi nella storia della letteratura in grado di eccedere in questo.

  • Bogdi
    2019-03-24 09:52

    Dumas, the Rossini of literature, churned out an impressive amount of his time's pop-historical novels. He wrote about most, if not all, time periods this side of year 1000. But boy are they fun! (much like Rossini's silly but terribly convoluted yet always lighthearted operas, his books never let deep thoughts/issues get in the way of proper fun). I got into Dumas when I was very young (the books were all over the place at my parents', my aunt's and my grandparents') and THIS, a battered, cover-less copy from the '40s, was the raciest book of them all! Haha. Oh, the implied sex. One time I skipped first period just so I could re-read a particularly saucy bit and then lied to my teacher about it without even an ounce or remorse. Couldn't let 4th grade grammar get in the way of late 16th century frolics. I must've read it 10-15 times, and I'm not the type who re-reads obsessively. Yes, although set during and after the gruesome events of St. Bartholomew's Night, this manages to be the most fun book of my childhood. What with all the sex, it managed to get me interested in Early Modern and Medieval history the was I, Claudius got me into Ancient history.

  • Vera
    2019-03-18 12:57

    I found this book on a books market and bought it for like 1 euro or so, and it was an euro very well spent. It's about the war between the Catholics and the Hugenots, I think it even tops Three Musketeers in my personal opinion. It has the same amount of adventure and sword fighting, but even more royal intrigues and more humor (note to self: Kotzbombenelement - the word Cocconas is using for like everything he's amazed by)... I would certainly recommend this book to everyone who likes great stories!

  • *Giulia*
    2019-03-22 07:48

    "Tu hai perduto or ora un caro amico, lo so... Ma guardami, Margot: io non ho forse perduto tutti i miei amici, e per di più mia madre? Tu hai sempre potuto piangere liberamente come fai in questo momento; io, anche nell'ora dei più atroci tormenti, sono sempre stato costretto a sorridere. Tu soffri, ma guardami: io muoio!... Dunque, Margot, ti prego, fatti un po' di coraggio! [...]"

  • Natalie Rose
    2019-03-20 08:45

    Hands-down, my favorite book of all time. Hot sex, political intrigue, beautiful language, battles surrounding religion- and all within the context of true history. It just doesn't get better! I just read it for the fourth time....sigh.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-08 11:37

    update, 11 June 2017: just saw the movie! I'll keep my review of it under a spoiler cut, to keep this review more focussed on the book.(view spoiler)[so the movie is very much a Darkier and Edgier adaptation of the novel, and while these kinds of adaptations can be hit or miss, on the whole I enjoyed it a lot. I think for sure Chéreau got some things wrong, which include:-the characterization of Marguerite unwilling to be married to Henri and unwilling to be queen of Navarre... I actually liked that in the book, she was unapologetically ambitious. I mean, you'd expect it of Catherine de Medici's daughter... but I don't know whether Chéreau was wrong about it, or Dumas, as the latter certainly didn't care a whit about historical accuracy! It's just that as a result, Marguerite is more of a typical romantic drama movie heroine. However, I can also see why Chéreau does it, because there is clear development in Marguerite after St. Bartholomew, whereas in the book (as I criticized in my original review), Marguerite never really develops as a character. So while it changes an aspect of Margot I'd always liked, I can respect that choice, plus it works within his interpretation of the novel/the history.-(view spoiler)[poor Mme de Sauve... she gets killed off both in the book and in the movie, when in real life she lived to a ripe mature age (well, for the times)! Can this lady get a break? I think Chéreau, like me, wanted Henri de Navarre to fall just a little bit in love with Margot and make the stakes even higher, but unlike me, Chéreau didn't come to the same conclusion that, in actuality, Dumas was right not to go that route because it reduces Henri's later refusal to do anything for La Mole as motivated by spousal jealousy, instead of his being embroiled himself in political machinations, as they all are, which was Dumas' point. In the book, because Charlotte survives until the very last, Henri doesn't really care much for Margot, so it makes their relationship more balanced and based on pragmatism and mutual ambition, which I now think makes much more sense, so I didn't like Chéreau's change. Yet, I can see that Chéreau wanted to make a more human drama, with emotions running high through the entire thing, so in that way he succeeded. But it still feels a bit unnecessary. (hide spoiler)]-La Mole and Coconnas' friendship is so much more downplayed in the adaptation, and that's a shame because it was such a big thing in the book. (view spoiler)[As a result, their executions at the end of the movie feel hollow (heightened by the fact that Chéreau kills them off-screen), when in the book it was the most emotional moment of the entire thing, 729 pages and all. (hide spoiler)]-Also, I know why de Mouy wasn't in this adaptation (he's such a minor character it wouldn't have been worth it), but de Mouyyyyyy, I felt your absence! -Lastly, the first meeting between Margot and La Mole seemed wildly out of character for Margot, but maybe that's from my bias of the book... the movie has the same problem as the book in that it never convinces us why Margot and La Mole are in love with each other, although in the movie Vincent Perez plays La Mole and Isabelle Adjani plays Margot, so the reason "because Vincent Perez is hot and Isabella Adjani is beautiful" is probably good enough....emphasis being on "probably"....A really good criticism Roger Ebert writes in his review is that there's little to no introduction of any of the characters, so if you haven't read the book or don't know French history, you might have an incredibly difficult time figuring out who all the characters are and how they're related to each other. For one thing, they never mention Henriette is the Duchesse de Nevers (and only vaguely hint at her relationship with Coconnas), so I could understand to someone who has no context that they'd just view Henriette as this random best friend character who may or may not have a crush on Coconnas. If I'd seen the movie before I'd read the source material, I feel like I would've spent much of the movie being very confused. (Actually, reading his review I'm wondering whether Ebert was aware at the time of writing that the movie was based on a book, because his last line is, ""Queen Margot" is like elaborate illustrations for a book we haven't read," which, well.....)Now onto what I think the movie did right:-I vastly prefer the portrayal of Charles IX (whom Jean-Hugues Anglade plays with perfect pitch) in the movie than in the book. To be frank, while reading the book, I stumbled upon a French comic book (B-D) at the library about Charles IX and was very surprised to read that Charles IX actually has a reputation as someone who was very fragile, both mentally and physically, prone to rages and overly influenced by his mother, because Dumas writes him as more calculated and as someone who, more often than not, knows what he's doing. The result is sort of muddled, and I couldn't really sympathize with him as a character because he never seemed too vulnerable, even with all the attempts to humanize him. In the movie, however, Chéreau and Anglade succeed in showing a Charles IX who is entirely unfit to be a king, and yet, you can't help but feel pity for him at the same time.-Pascal Greggory also gives a great turn as the Duc d'Anjou, and there's not much else to say about it other than I'm glad Chéreau wrote him in to have a much bigger part. At the same time, the part of the Duc d'Alençon is so much reduced (because Chéreau gives Alençon's conniving characterization from the book mainly to Anjou) that if you hadn't read the book, you'd probably forget who he is. -I can see why the Cannes jury gave Virna Lisi the prize for Best Actress over Isabella Adjani that year at the Cannes Film Festival. Adjani is good at portraying unbridled passion, but Lisi's performance requires much more nuance and control, and she does it brilliantly. Whereas in the book I was often exasperated with Catherine (as you can read in my original review below), in the movie I ended up feeling bad for her. Anyone who can make me feel for Catherine de Medici has to be a good actress!-La Mole is a brooding romantic hero in the movie, whereas in the book he had shades of that but he was definitely a dandy. I like the movie version much more and can fully admit it's because of my modern sensibilities here. -(view spoiler)[I forgot to mention in my original review, but I despised the plot twist that meant La Mole and Coconnas end up getting executed, instead of escaping at the last minute. It made no sense that the executioner would spare Coconnas but not La Mole from torture, especially since the executioner knew how close Coconnas and La Mole were. I am pleased that this part is gone from the movie entirely. (hide spoiler)]Writing all of this, I begin to realize that in the hands of lesser actors, this movie adaptation really would've fallen apart, but it's got such great performances in it (Daniel Auteuil felt a bit miscast but I still liked him) that it manages to keep it together. Since I have the context of the novel, it didn't feel like random characters interacting on screen with a convoluted plot no one can quite figure out, although for sure I can see how it could be seen that way to someone who doesn't have that context. So this is one of those movies where you really need to have read the original source material to understand what's happening, but the movie itself isn't a straight-forward adaptation of the book either. (hide spoiler)]I have the 1994 movie but haven't seen it yet, and decided to check this book out on a whim, not really sure whether I'd actually manage to finish it. Well, I have!! and I can't believe that a year ago, I was just getting back into my French studies after a three-year hiatus, and now, I've finished a 729-page book entirely in French. Onto an actual review. If you're learning French, this is a great book to get you onto the longer stuff, because there is never a dull moment. Every single time I opened this book I was like, "that did NOT just happen!!" There's a lot of court intrigue. Catherine de Médicis was bonnnnnnkers!! (Or at least, the way she's portrayed in fiction.) To be honest I got exasperated with her. She really hates Henry of Navarre and keeps wanting to poison him, and I just kept thinking, he's not dying, lady! Get over it!This is a really strong 3.5 stars. The reason it doesn't quite make it to four is because of the characterization which is lacking rather a lot. There doesn't seem to be much reason for La Mole and Marguerite to love one another other than because the plot demands it. I also felt that for a book this long, I should be able to say more about Marguerite, La Mole, Henry de Navarre, et al. that I couldn't have said in the first 200 pages. They're pretty flat characters for the most part. My favorite characters, in fact, are Coconnas and de Mouy. I hated Coconnas for a good chunk of the beginning, but by the end I felt he was a wonderfully drawn, rich character. (view spoiler)[The fact that he insisted throughout the book that he would never die for love, but then ended up dying for friendship... dude..... dude..... that got me right in the heart. (hide spoiler)] de Mouy is actually barely in this book, but he's so badass I loved every time he showed up. I don't know if this is essential reading, but it was a fun historical romp and I'm really pleased that I managed to finish it. It gave me confidence to read more in French. When I first started the book, I would look up every word I didn't know, or try to write them down and look them up later, but I discovered the best way (for me, at least) was to read the book as if it was in English, and only look up words if I truly did not understand what was happening or if there was a word that kept showing up. I relied on context for everything else. This is the strategy I'm going to take now, because before then nothing else worked. But this book definitely makes me want to read more Dumas!

  • Sauron
    2019-02-23 09:41

    "Enrique, haciendo un violento esfuerzo y dominando todos sus temores, cogió el pergamino de manos del rey. Luego dirigió a Catalina y a Francisco una mirada llena de altivez que quería decir: «Tened cuidado; soy vuestro señor.»Catalina comprendió lo que quería decir con aquella mirada.—No, no, jamás —dijo—. ¡jamás mi familia se someterá a una dinastía extranjera; jamás reinará en Francia un Borbón mientras exista un Valois!"

  • Darren
    2019-03-15 04:37

    Romance, political intrigue, humour, swashbuckling action - all masterfully put/held together by Dumas. 4 Star really, but looooong (and only book #1!). I realise this was the style in the mid-19th century cos readers loved to chug along reading a few chapters at a time and not caring if it never ended - but my 20th/21st century @ss is marking this down to 3 Star.