Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois

By Sophie Perinot

It's the wintry weather of 1564 and the attractive younger Princess Margot is summoned to her mother's family, the place her real schooling starts in earnest. identified throughout Europe as Madame l. a. Serpente, Queen Catherine is an intimidating and unmoving presence in France, whilst her state recovers from the 1st of many devastating spiritual wars. one of the artful the Aristocracy of Queen Catherine's royal court docket, Margot learns the fascinating and unstated ideas she needs to stay by way of to delight her manipulative family.

desirous to be an obedient daughter, Margot embraces her position as a pawn to be married off to the best bidder. regardless of her loyalty, Margot unearths herself charmed by means of the robust and charismatic Duc de Guise and falls for him whilst she is promised to a different. eventually atmosphere apart her happiness for responsibility, Margot leaves the fellow she loves for Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot chief and a infamous heretic. but Queen Catherine's schemes are never-ending, and Margot's brother plots vengeance within the streets of Paris. compelled to choose from her kin and what's correct, Margot ultimately unearths the power inside of herself to forge her personal destiny.

Médicis Daughter is historic fiction at its most interesting, weaving a special coming-of-age tale and a forbidden love with some of the most dramatic and violent occasions in French history.

concerning the Author
SOPHIE PERINOT is the writer of The Sister Queens. She is a re-invented legal professional. With a BA in heritage and a fondness for interpreting, writing old fiction appeared a normal moment occupation. An energetic member of the ancient Novel Society, Sophie has attended the entire group's North American meetings, and served as a speaker on a number of panels. different conversing engagements comprise being a proposing writer at Baltimore e-book competition. whilst Sophie isn't vacationing corners of the previous, she lives in nice Falls, Virginia, along with her 3 young ones, 3 cats, one puppy and one husband.

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You are going to forgive Dom Sébastien’s insult? ” Charles’ voice betrays interest. mom needs to listen it, for she jumps in. “It isn't just your sister who was once insulted—” Charles holds up a hand—a infrequent incidence. My hopes upward thrust. If i will be able to be heard, i've got a few probability, a minimum of. “Why? ” he asks, me searchingly. “Because I care extra for the Holy Church than for myself. My marriage to Henri de Bourbon will be an anathema to our religion, Charles. If I marry the King of Portugal, then the good Catholic powers stand jointly undivided and unsullied. ” He waves a hand dismissively. “I am extra attracted to the peace and prosperity of my nation. ” i need to tread conscientiously. I swallow, afraid i'll anger him through repeating what i've got heard from Henri and Henriette. yet he needs to definitely have heard an identical from others, so I press on. “On that ranking too you have to hesitate to wed me to Navarre. the assumption is unpopular together with your topics, rather these in Paris. They see our cousin as an enemy to the crown and a part of a sect that has been too liberally taken care of. ” “Why may still the evaluations of universal males intimidate His Majesty? ” mom asks. “He is familiar with what's most sensible for them. ” Charles nods. I stand at the fringe of failure, yet it's not that i am prepared to renounce. now not while my complete destiny hangs within the stability. Pragmatic arguments aren't relocating Charles, yet there's one other plea i will be able to make: that of a sister. Advancing to my brother’s chair, I kneel. having a look into his eyes, I say, “Charles, as my King, you've got each correct to rule over me as you do your humans. yet as a type and loving brother, will you now not think of my wants? I beseech you to provide me the King of Portugal for my husband. ” “Dom Sébastien isn't the just one to find his emotions en retard. ” Mother’s tone is sardonic. “In this you are making a fine looking pair. He didn't such as you for a spouse yet is now wanting to have you ever simply because Pius the 5th tells him so. You had no wish to marry him, but now you beg in your knees to have him. Who, i'm wondering, has steered you? may perhaps or not it's a duc, no longer a pope? ” Does mom actually imagine Henri counsels me, or does she in simple terms are looking to persuade Charles he does? She has advised the King that my marriage to Navarre may help to counterbalance the impact of the home of Lorraine. If Charles sees the hand of Guise in my plea, my destiny is sealed. “No, Madame! ’Tis my judgment of right and wrong that instructs me. my very own and no other’s. ” mom supplies a dry snort, as though she doubts i've got a judgment of right and wrong. Anger approximately blinds me. “Madame, i'm an exceptional Catholic! you have got each reason to understand that. whilst your different enfants stated their prayers in French, i used to be fullyyt trustworthy to the Church of Rome. Nor have I strayed considering. How can it shock you that the concept of being yoked in marriage with a infamous heretic is abhorrent to me? ” “Margot! don't converse of your cousin in any such manner,” mom admonishes. “How should still I communicate of him, then? was once he required to abjure as a part of the peace? If he was once, i have never heard it. ” i do know that i'm doing myself no solid by means of wasting my mood, yet i'm powerless to prevent.

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