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Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois Hardcover – December 1, 2015
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"A 16th-century princess, daughter to the sharp-tongued Catherine de Médicis, finds herself facing intrigue and impossible love... Her story is woven together with the run-up to and bloody events of the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, which forces her to make an impossible choice."―Barnes & Noble Reads, "December's Top Picks in Fiction"
"Amid the glamorous intrigues of the 16th-century French court, Marguerite de Valois, the youngest Medici daughter, deftly balances secret escapades and public duties... Perinot matches the rhythm of Margot's life to the political storms: as the battles escalate, so do the perils of love and lust. A riveting page-turner skillfully blending illicit liaisons and political chicanery."―Kirkus Reviews
"Absorbing... an engrossing read."―Publishers Weekly
"Set in Winter of 1564, this page-turner of a historical fiction follows Princess Marguerite de Valois (known as Princess Margot) upon her arrival to the French court, where secrets, suitors, and scheming are all on the menu."―Bustle, "13 of December 2015's Best Books to Go With Your Holiday Cheer"
"An enthralling page-turner which lovers of royalty fiction and strong female leads should enjoy thoroughly."―HNR Magazine
“This is Renaissance France meets Game of Thrones: dark, sumptuous historical fiction that coils religious strife, court intrigue, passionate love, family hatred, and betrayed innocence like a nest of poisonous snakes. Beautiful Princess Margot acts as our guide to the heart of her violent family as she blossoms from naive court pawn to woman of conscience and renown. A highly recommended coming-of-age tale where the princess learns to slay her own dragons!” ―Kate Quinn, national bestselling author of The Lion and the Rose
“The riveting story of a 16thcentury French princess caught in the throes of royal intrigue and religious war. From the arms of the charismatic Duke of Guise to the blood-soaked streets of Paris, Princess Marguerite runs a dangerous gauntlet, taking the reader with her. An absolutely gripping read!” ―Michelle Moran, bestselling author of The Rebel Queen
“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 Princess Marguerite. Burdened by her unscrupulous family and desperate for meaningful relationships, Margot is forced to navigate her own path in sixteenth century France. Amid wars of nation and heart, Médicis Daughter brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering odds to find the strength and power that is her birthright.” ―Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl
“As with her previous novel, Perinot doesn't smooth over the rougher aspects of life for women in this historical era nor does she tone down the drama of the Valois family: there's enough soap opera-y drama to make this fun, but everything is anchored by Marguerite's voice and character...deliciously satisfying."―Unabridged Chick
“A compelling and thoroughly satisfying read sure to ignite interest in the era, Médicis Daughter depicts the pageantry and ugliness of sixteenth century court life in all its gritty glory.”―Writing the Renaissance
“Soaring, fascinating… this book has it all.”―Long and Short Reviews
“An engrossing, and engaging, love story.”―The Readers Hollow
“Rich with intrigue, rivalry and passion, Médicis Daughter is not to be missed.”―Flashlight Commentary
“A page-turner, fast-paced, emotional, passionate, well-written and carefully researched…Romance and history loving teens will find this a satisfying read.” ―School Library Journal on The Sister Queens
“Anyone with a sister will feel something when they read this novel.” ―The Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner on The Sister Queens
“Marguerite and Eleanor are fully-fleshed out characters; they are products of their time and place, which Perinot establishes in fine form…a fine debut.” ―Historical Novel Society on The Sister Queens
“Sophie Perinot's debut tour de force, The Sister Queens, gives the reader a detailed and racy look into the very public and most intimate lives of English and French royalty. . . .This sweeping, compelling novel is a Medieval, double-decker lifestyles of the rich, famous and fascinating.” ―Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boleyn on The Sister Queens
“What Philippa Gregory did for Anne and Mary Boleyn, Perinot has done for Marguerite and Eleanor of Provence. This is, without a doubt, one of the best novels I've read all year!” ―Michelle Moran, national bestselling author of The Second Empress, on The Sister Queens
“If you enjoy a tale of passion, intrigue and sisterly devotion that will keep you turning the pages, then The Sister Queens is a must for your reading list.” ―Anne O'Brien, author of Queen Defiant
“Every page . . . was like a morsel to savor. . . .The Sister Queens is one of the most beautifully written books I have read in a very long time. Absolutely superb!” ―Diane Haeger, author of The Queen's Rival on The Sister Queens
“With lyrical prose, The Sister Queens tells a riveting story of sisterly rivalry and love, of war and betrayal. Marguerite and Eleanor remain united by bonds of love that can not tarnish and that can not break. A beautiful novel.” ―Christy English author of To Be Queen: A Novel Of Eleanor Of Aquitaine on The Sister Queens
“The Sister Queens is a rich and stately medieval tapestry of a novel, with two royal couples weaving intertwined patterns of history and private life. Marguerite and Eleanor are the queens of France and England, yes, but Sophie Perinot reveals the living women behind the glittering pageantry--two young Provençal sisters, fiercely competitive and just as fiercely devoted. Through coronations and childbirth, wars and sieges, triumphs and betrayals, Marguerite's and Eleanor's lives are stitched against the colorful and meticulously-researched background of thirteenth-century Europe--golden queens and steadfast sisters.” ―Elizabeth Loupas, author of The Second Duchess on The Sister Queens
“Sibling rivalry with the highest possible stakes! Sophie Perinot awards two luminaries of medieval royalty their due in a densely woven tapestry of colorful detail.” ―Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages and Royal Pains, on The Sister Queens
About the Author
SOPHIE PERINOT is the author of The Sister Queens. She is a re-invented attorney. With a BA in History and a passion for reading, writing historical fiction seemed a natural second career. An active member of the Historical Novel Society, Sophie has attended all the group's North American Conferences, and served as a speaker on multiple panels. Other speaking engagements include being a presenting author at Baltimore Book Festival. When Sophie is not visiting corners of the past, she lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with her three children, three cats, one dog and one husband.
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This story focuses on Marguerite de Valois, the daughter of Catherine de Medicis, a famous queen known for her de Medicis ties and a fierce mother who strove to protect her sons' heritages. Margot, as she was commonly called among her friends and family, was one of her daughters, who was in love with a man but forced to marry another to suit her family's dark plans.
If you like to read about dysfunctional families, this novel is your surest bet. You will have a king who is manipulated by his mother, the Queen Catherine. Then you have his brother, Henri of Anjou, who detests the fact that he was not first born, but he is Catherine's favorite son. Then you have a beautiful and intelligent daughter, Margot, who was the favorites of her brothers till she started using her head when her family started plotting their evil schemes against the heretics, the Huguenots, who are considered heretics by the Valois who are Catholics. Margot's wedding to Henri of Navarre ended up being a blood bath famously known as the St. Bartholomew's Massacre. The entire novel hints towards a dark day, but as the reader reads, (and if she is ignorant like I was), one would feel the main character's building panic as she realizes that even she was not exempt from her family's violence. In the treacherous days, she was forced to grow up and make up her own mind.
Perinot is an excellent writer. She weaves the back story so deftly that one cannot help but be in awe of the descriptions of the lavish lifestyle of the French royalty. Then one becomes attached to Margot as she travels from childhood to adulthood and finding what she truly believes in as she stands in the middle of a plot she didn't quite understood till it was almost too late for her husband.
If you love historical fiction, you will definitely enjoy this book. Perinot has brought forth a character that I have never heard of and now, I am intrigued with. This is a book one cannot miss reading.
The story is told to us through Marguerite (Margot) de Valois who we first meet as a young girl who has been summoned to the court of her brother King Charles IX. She quickly learns that it’s not all she thought it would be. As with most royal children Margot is used as a pawn in a struggle for power – power that her mother and the king crave. Her mother, Queen Catherine de Medicis, rules Margot with an iron fist making sure she knows that her only duty in life is to do what she’s told especially in regards to a royal marriage. Margot knows she must do her duty to her family and marry Henri of Navarre, leader of the Huguenots and a heretic, but her heart belongs to the Duc de Guise. Margot could never predict the events that will come about from her wedding. While she is depending on the peace that is promised from this marriage her mother and brother have very different ideas. Ultimately Margot has to choose between her family and what she believes is right as France erupts in the St. Bartholomew’s Massacre.
Medicis Daughter has all the elements of fantastic historical fiction – court intrigue, family politics, love, and betrayals. I loved it! I’ve read a bit about Catherine de Medicis but never about Marguerite and I was fascinated by her story. Despite being brought up to always follow orders and being used as a pawn she still had a conscious which drove her to do what she thought best. While I felt sorry for her throughout much of the novel I ultimately admired her for her strength of character.
Well researched and rich in historical detail Medicis Daughter is sure to please any historical fiction fan and it’s one of my favorites of the year. Highly recommended!
Although Margaret de Valois has been much maligned throughout history, I liked how her motivations were presented and it helped to understand some of the hard choices Margaret had to make to survive in the tumultuous French and Italian courts.
Everything about this story appealed to me - the era, the political climate, and the religious difficulties facing France and the French people. This fictional account of her life was well rendered and magically delivered. Definitely recommended!
Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.