- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (December 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250072093
- ISBN-13: 978-1250072092
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.5 inches
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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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Here is a little bit of back round information before I get into the description of the novel, which will help the reader understand the political theater of the time. Marguerite and the rest of the Valois family were STRICT Catholics. This made her marriage to the Protestant King Henri Bourbon very taboo among the members of her own family, and many nobles of the court of France. Tensions were running high so her marriage was supposed to bring about a peace between the Catholics and the Protestants, and end the Wars of Religion in France.
This novel opens to a young Marguerite and her first experiences at the court of her brother King Charles. Her story progresses with her doomed friendship/romance with the Duc de Guise who was a staunch Catholic, and her eventual forced/arranged marriage to the Protestant King of Navarre Henri Bourbon. What really captured me was Marguerites moral compass and her actions after her marriage to Henri Bourbon. Even though she was a Catholic and initially disliked the King of Navarre and thought him a heretic, she still protected him and several of his friends during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. She personally went to her brother King Charles and begged for the life of her husband knowing that this would alienate her from her friends and family. Marguerite was not blood thirsty like the rest of her family, and certainly was disgusted by the actions of both her brother's, her mother, and those of the Duc de Guise. She condemned the actions of her family, and refused to be a pawn for her mother from that point forward. Marguerite de Valois could have turned her back on her husband, and it would have even benefitted her to be rid of him. Yet, she stood by his side and saved his life, which I think speaks volumes about her character.
I encourage anyone to read this who is looking for a strong female character, who did what was right back when women had no say in anything.