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Marguerite De Valois

✒ Author
📖 Pages998
⏰ Reading time 34 hours
💡 Originally published1845
🌏 Original language French
📌 Type Novels
📌 Genres Love, Historical, Adventure, Prose
📌 Sections Love history , Historical novel , Love story , Adventure novel

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PART I1
CHAPTER I. MONSIEUR DE GUISE'S LATIN1
CHAPTER II. THE QUEEN OF AVARRE'S BEDCHAMBER23
CHAPTER III. THE POET-KING43
CHAPTER IV. THE EVENING OF THE 24TH OF AUGUST, 157264
CHAPTER V. OF THE LOUVRE IN PARTICULAR, AND OF VIRTUE IN GENERAL79
CHAPTER VI. THE DEBT PAID95
CHAPTER VII. THE NIGHT OF THE 24TH OF AUGUST, 1572114
CHAPTER VIII. THE MASSACRE140
CHAPTER IX. THE MURDERERS158
CHAPTER X. DEATH, MASS, OR THE BASTILLE182
CHAPTER XI. THE HAWTHORN OF THE CEMETERY OF THE INNOCENTS204
CHAPTER XII. MUTUAL CONFIDENCES222
CHAPTER XIII. HOW THERE ARE KEYS WHICH OPEN DOORS THEY ARE NOT MEANT FOR234
CHAPTER XIV. THE SECOND MARRIAGE NIGHT252
CHAPTER XV. WHAT WOMAN WILLS, GOD WILLS267
CHAPTER XVI. A DEAD ENEMY'S BODY ALWAYS SMELLS SWEET291
CHAPTER XVII. MAÎTRE AMBROISE PARÉ'S CONFRÈRE312
CHAPTER XVIII. THE GHOSTS325
CHAPTER XIX. THE ABODE OF MAÎTRE RÉNÉ, PERFUMER TO THE QUEEN MOTHER342
CHAPTER XX. THE BLACK HENS361
CHAPTER XXI. MADAME DE SAUVE'S APARTMENT372
CHAPTER XXII. "SIRE, YOU SHALL BE KING"388
CHAPTER XXIII. A NEW CONVERT398
CHAPTER XXIV. THE RUE TIZON AND THE RUE CLOCHE PERCÉE419
CHAPTER XXV. THE CHERRY-COLORED CLOAK439
CHAPTER XXVI. MARGARITA456
CHAPTER XXVII. THE HAND OF GOD467
CHAPTER XXVIII. THE LETTER FROM ROME477
CHAPTER XXIX. THE DEPARTURE487
CHAPTER XXX. MAUREVEL497
CHAPTER XXXI. THE HUNT505
PART II519
CHAPTER XXXII. FRATERNITY519
CHAPTER XXXIII. THE GRATITUDE OF KING CHARLES IX532
CHAPTER XXXIV. MAN PROPOSES BUT GOD DISPOSES544
CHAPTER XXXV. A NIGHT OF KINGS562
CHAPTER XXXVI. THE ANAGRAM576
CHAPTER XXXVII. THE RETURN TO THE LOUVRE586
CHAPTER XXXVIII. THE GIRDLE OF THE QUEEN MOTHER604
CHAPTER XXXIX. PROJECTS OF REVENGE619
CHAPTER XL. THE ATRIDES640
CHAPTER XLI. THE HOROSCOPE658
CHAPTER XLII. CONFIDENCES670
CHAPTER XLIII. THE AMBASSADORS688
CHAPTER XLIV. ORESTES AND PYLADES698
CHAPTER XLV. ORTHON713
CHAPTER XLVI. THE INN OF LA BELLE ÉTOILE732
CHAPTER XLVII. DE MOUY DE SAINT PHALE748
CHAPTER XLVIII. TWO HEADS FOR ONE CROWN760
CHAPTER XLIX. THE TREATISE ON HUNTING779
CHAPTER L. HAWKING792
CHAPTER LI. THE PAVILION OF FRANÇOIS I807
CHAPTER LII. THE EXAMINATION820
CHAPTER LIII. ACTÉON837
CHAPTER LIV. THE FOREST OF VINCENNES848
CHAPTER LV. THE FIGURE OF WAX860
CHAPTER LVI. THE INVISIBLE BUCKLERS879
CHAPTER LVII. THE JUDGES890
CHAPTER LVIII. THE TORTURE OF THE BOOT906
CHAPTER LIX. THE CHAPEL921
CHAPTER LX. THE PLACE SAINT JEAN EN GRÈVE929
CHAPTER LXI. THE HEADSMAN'S TOWER938
CHAPTER LXII. THE SWEAT OF BLOOD953
CHAPTER LXIII. THE DONJON OF THE PRISON OF VINCENNES961
CHAPTER LXIV. THE REGENCY969
CHAPTER LXV. THE KING IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE KING!976
CHAPTER LXVI. EPILOGUE985

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PART I

CHAPTER I. MONSIEUR DE GUISE'S LATIN

On Monday, the 18th of August, 1572, there was a splendid festival at the Louvre.
The ordinarily gloomy windows of the ancient royal residence were brilliantly lighted, and the squares and streets adjacent, usually so solitary after Saint Germain l'Auxerrois had struck the hour of nine, were crowded with people, although it was past midnight.
The vast, threatening, eager, turbulent throng resembled, in the darkness, a black and tumbling sea, each billow of which makes a roaring breaker; this sea, flowing through the Rue des Fossés Saint Germain and the Rue de l'Astruce and covering the quay, surged against the base of the walls of the Louvre, and, in its refluent tide, against the Hôtel de Bourbon, which faced it on the other side.
In spite of the royal festival, and perhaps even because of the royal festival, there was something threatening in the appearance of the people, for no doubt was felt that this imposing ceremony which called them there as spectators, was only the prelude to another in which they would participate a week later as invited guests and amuse themselves with all their hearts.
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