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The Rival Queens: Catherine de Medici, her daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom

Nancy Goldstone

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France, c 1500 to c 1600, Biography: historical, political & military, Prose: non-fiction, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

The extraordinary lives of two formidable 16th-century queens: Marguerite de Valois and her mother Catherine de' Medici.

'A gripping tale of royal feuds and divided kingdoms' - AMANDA FOREMAN

Set in Renaissance France at the magnificent court of the Valois kings, THE RIVAL QUEENS is the history of two remarkable women, a mother and daughter driven into opposition by a terrible betrayal that threatened to destroy the realm.

Catherine de' Medici, the infamous queen mother of France, was a consummate pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for 30 years. Her youngest daughter Marguerite, the glamorous 'Queen Margot', was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor fully control.

When Catherine forces the Catholic Marguerite to marry her Protestant cousin Henry of Navarre she creates not only savage conflict within France but also a potent rival within her own family. Treacherous court politics, poisonings, international espionage and adultery form the background to a story whose fascinating array of characters include such celebrated figures as Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Nostradamus.

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Nancy Goldstone

Nancy Goldstone is the author of FOUR QUEENS, JOANNA, THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, THE RIVAL QUEENS and DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN. She lives in New York.

Visit her website for more information: www.nancygoldstone.com.

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