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Goldstone documents the turbulent mother-daughter relationship between Catherine de' Medici and Marguerite de Valois to explore the court politics, assassinations, espionage and betrayals that shaped their time.
Títol:The Rival Queens: Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom
Autors:Nancy Goldstone (Autor)
Informació:Little, Brown and Company (2015), 448 pages
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Review: So this did end up getting 3.5 of 5 stars from me (in one of my Goodreads updates, I mentioned how it was starting to feel like a 3.5 of 5 stars read). I did enjoy reading this book and learning about these two powerful women, but, while reading, I felt like Goldstone was singularly focus in on their tumultuous relationship. The Rival Queens would have gotten 4-5 stars if this didn’t bother me as much. As I mentioned, I did enjoy reading this. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
I quite enjoyed this.
This is light in tone, extremely engaging and fairly humorous.
Since I know a bit about Catherine de Medici I'm aware that all of the info isn't entirely accepted history but the author is also open when this is case in some areas.
I would label this s fairly thorough biography of Queen Margaret with a focus on the relationship with her mother.
The author clearly sides with Margaret and I think she somewhat presents Catherine inherently worst light and Margaret in her most idealized.
None the less this was fun, fun, fun.
Also the details on the other players at court are helpful.
I do wish the author had focused a bit more on Navarre and Henry IV of France's parents.
I understand that this period is complex, complicated and intense.
Frankly the Spanish Monarchy needed to be fleshed out a bit as well.
These kingdoms heavily are intertwined and its hard to understand just how ruinous this period was for France without taking into account it's general behavior prior to the death of Henry II, Catherine's husband and Margaret's father.
Also there was a weird reference to someone looking like a 'negress' a term I'm not aware of being in familiar use at this time period. In the 1500's 'Black' and 'white' people didn't really exist.
That's the first enslaved people's of the Jamestown in 1619 are listed as 'Angolans' and not 'Black', 'negro' or otherwise.
So I'm unsure of what term was translated from french, I presume, to lead the author to define it that way. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Slow read but thoroughly researched! ( )
  Campbe72 | Mar 8, 2020 |
Arrrrrrrrrrg! This was so difficult to read....

If you thought Henry VIII, Bloody Mary Tudor & Mary Scots whack-jobs.... The French under Catherine de Medici were worse...

De Medici was a vicious controlling sociopathic piece of work & how her children, once in power, went along w/ her was amazing. She was two-faced & duplicitous lying to & ruthlessly using everyone to keep herself & then her favorite son, Henri III in power.

She was the authoress of the Saint Bartholomew Day Massacre and instrumental in continuing the religious dissension between the Catholics throughout the succeeding years of her sons' reigns.

The treatment of her two youngest children Francois de Alencon & Margot de Valois was nothing less than abusive. Although, both Francios & Margot fought back brilliantly, with exception to those times when they succumbed to their mother's duplicity.

What I got out of the book is Catherine de Medici was the only reason that mother & daughter were "rivals".

Catherine de Medici was fat, ugly, graceless, without ethics, & had no power of her own; therefore resorted to using emotional blackmail to gain power over her children, which did not work w/ Margot.

Margot, was well read, intelligent, guileless, & beautiful and possessed a greater understanding of peace & justice.

The book was over flowing w/ historical happenings, that could well have been shortened in their telling.

One thing that stood out, was the author's comment about Elizabeth I keeping Mary Queen of Scots prisoner. The author made it sound as Elizabeth I did so out of pure spite... omitting that Mary Scots was continually plotting to overthrow Elizabeth I via murderous plots & claiming herself Queen of England.....

The writing was tedious but I finished the book because I wanted to know what happened to Margot of Valois. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Apr 21, 2019 |
Fascinating read. Nancy Goldstone did an excellent job of clarifying the different characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Margo who was an awesome example of female strength and compassion long before women's lib was even a thought.
  Kelly.Dodd | Nov 21, 2018 |
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