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W&N Biography / History HB July £20.00 320pp 978 0 297 86863 7 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 86864 4

‘Goldstone rewrites history with all the drama and pace of a good thriller’ – Good Book Guide

NANCY GOLDSTONE Queen Margot: Power and Passion at the Valois Court

Exciting biography of a formidable sixteenthcentury queen, Marguerite de Valois: Queen Margot. In an insightful and fascinating narrative, Nancy Goldstone explores one of the unsung heroines of the Renaissance, Queen Margot. Forced to marry her cousin, King Henry III of Navarre, in 1572 to create harmony between her Catholic family and the Protestant Huguenots, Margot unwittingly played a part in the schemes of her mother, Catherine de Medici. Six days after the wedding, the Huguenot wedding party and many other prominent Catholics were slaughtered in the St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris. Margot played a pivotal role in events that shaped sixteenth-century France, and asserted herself politically and personally at her own risk – at one point even being imprisoned after a coup d'état where she seized power over Agen. Hers is a dangerous story of love, betrayal, ambition, unbreakable family ties and the true nature of courage. Nancy Goldstone studied history at Cornell University and is the author of Four Queens, Joanna, and The Maid and the Queen.

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Non-Fiction/History • July 2014