Memoirs And Historical Chronicles Of The Courts Of Europe PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Various

Memoirs And Historical Chronicles Of The Courts Of Europe

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Publication date: November 2010
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Marguerite de Valois was the French contemporary of Queen Elizabeth of England. She was Queen of France and wife of Henri IV. Marguerite was the daughter of the famous Catherine de Medici. An excerpt from the introduction reads, "Catherine was the most fanatical of Catholics, she made this marriage a pretext for welding the two houses; but actually it seems to have been a snare to lure him to Paris, for it was at this precise time that the bloody Massacre of St. Bartholomew's day was ordered. Henry himself escaped--it is said, through the protection of Marguerite, his bride, --but his adherents in the Protestant party were slain by the thousands. A wedded life begun under such sanguinary auspices was not destined to end happily. Indeed, their marriage resembled nothing so much as an armed truce, peaceable, and allowing both to pursue their several paths, and finally dissolved by mutual consent, in 1598, when Queen Marguerite was forty-five. The closing years of her life were spent in strict seclusion, at the Castle of Usson, in Auvergne, and it was at this time that she probably wrote her Memoirs."
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