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if you are going to read one dumas in your life, this is the one. Great book 2nd in the series of the Henrys after Queen Margot It tells of a noble man who is in love with Diana of Meridor who is loved by the King s huntschief who well, you can see where it gets complicated There is a plot to unseat the King I really loved this book although it would have been easier to keep the characters straight if I knew the history better. @DOWNLOAD PDF ñ Chicot the Jester (The Last Valois, #2) Ò La suite de La reine Margot Situ e entre lef vrieret leao t , l action s ouvre sur le mariage de Saint Luc, ex amant de la reine Margot et favori d Henri III, rappel de Pologne pour succ der Charles IX Chicot, personnage central de la trilogie, d joue avec maestria les conspirations contre le roi qui se succ dent Sur ce fond d intrigues, se d roule l histoire des amours de Diane de M ridor, dame de Montsoreau, et du beau Bussy d Amboise Extrait Le dimanche gras de l ann e , apr s la f te du populaire, et tandis que s teignaient dans les rues les rumeurs de la joyeuse journ e, commen ait une f te splendide dans le magnifique h tel que venait de se faire b tir, de l autre c t de l eau et presque en face du Louvre, cette illustre famille de Montncy qui, alli e la royaut de France, marchait l gale des familles princi res Cette f te particuli re, qui succ dait la f te publique, avait pour but de c l brer les noces de Fran ois d pinay de Saint Luc, grand ami du roi Henri III et l un de ses favoris les plus intimes, avec Jeanne de Coss Brissac, fille du mar chal de France de ce nom Le repas avait eu lieu au Louvre, et le roi, qui avait consenti grand peine au mariage, avait paru au festin avec un visage s v re qui n avait rien d appropri la circonstance Son costume, en outre, paraissait en harmonie avec son visage c tait ce costume marron fonc sous lequel Clouet nous l a montr assistant aux noces de Joyeuse, et cette esp ce de spectre royal, s rieux jusqu la majest , avait glac d effroi tout le monde, et surtout la jeune mari e, qu il regardait fort de travers toutes les fois qu il la regardait Cependant cette attitude sombre du roi, au milieu de la joie de cette f te, ne semblait trange personne car la cause en tait un de ces secrets de c ur que tout le monde c toie avec pr caution, comme ces cueils fleur d eau auxquels on est s r de se briser en les touchant peine le repas termin , le roi s tait lev brusquement, et force avait t aussit t tout le monde, m me ceux qui avouaient tout bas leur d sir de rester table, de suivre l exemple du roi Alors Saint Luc avait jet un long regard sur sa femme, comme pour puiser du courage dans ses yeux, et s approchant du roi Sire, lui dit il, Votre Majest me fera t elle l honneur d accepter les violons que je veux lui donner l h tel de Montncy, ce soir Henri III s tait alors retourn avec un m lange de col re et de chagrin, et, comme Saint Luc, courb devant lui, l implorait avec une voix des plus douces et une mine des plus engageantes Oui, monsieur, avait il r pondu, nous irons, quoique vous ne m ritiez certainement pas cette preuve d amiti de notre part Alors mademoiselle de Brissac, devenue madame de Saint Luc, avait remerci humblement le roi Mais Henri avait tourn le dos sans r pondre ses remerciements Reading a novel by Alexandre Dumas is always a treat it brings back the kind of joy of reading that I experienced as a kid, and it immerses me into the convoluted, but deeply entertaining, world of French history I grew up with Dumas has a way of bringing History alive that nobody can really match even if he sometimes twists real events to make them fit what his imagination prefers This book is massive close to 1000 pages , complex, and in some waysold fashioned than The Three Musket Reading a novel by Alexandre Dumas is always a treat it brings back the kind of joy of reading that I experienced as a kid, and it immerses me into the convoluted, but deeply entertaining, world of French history I grew up with Dumas has a way of bringing History alive that nobody can really match even if he sometimes twists real events to make them fit what his imagination prefers This book is massive close to 1000 pages , complex, and in some waysold fashioned than The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo There are myriads of things happening here which I guess can be a bit disconcerting for some readers and Dumas definitely takes his time installing the story and moving it forward But what a story What fascinating heroes most of them have existed Dumas is not afraid of melodrama, and he knows how to make it work superbly he s also incredibly gifted at describing all the plots that heated up the King s court during the reign of the Valois, and he cleverly uses them to construct a highly suspenseful and elaborate historical saga What s most surprising, maybe, is Dumas wonderful sense of humor and wit, which are especially evident in some of the dialogues and in the character of Chicot, the court jester, a wonderfully charismatic character The last chapters, filled with tragedy, are muchmoving than one would have expected No wonders this novel was one of Dumas greatest successes If I had to pick the book that shaped my childhood, this would be it Oh God, this was such a childhood favorite of mine Political intrigues, tragic lovers I bawled so much at the end that it could have been legitimately labeled hysterics , a deliciously tongue in cheek sense of humor, and plots within plots Still so very good, after all these years Diana, our heroine, is not that interesting, I confess her best friend Jeanne is about twenty timesexciting and awesome , but the rest If I had to pick the book that shaped my childhood, this would be it Oh God, this was such a childhood favorite of mine Political intrigues, tragic lovers I bawled so much at the end that it could have been legitimately labeled hysterics , a deliciously tongue in cheek sense of humor, and plots within plots Still so very good, after all these years Diana, our heroine, is not that interesting, I confess her best friend Jeanne is about twenty timesexciting and awesome , but the rest the pragmatic, irreverent Chicot, who genuinely loves his weak King, Henri III a fascinating character in his own right , the various Guises, the villanous Duke d Anjou, the irrepresible and crushworthy St Luc and Jeanne, the gluttonous monk friend of Chicot, the sinister Monsoreau, and of course, the hot tempered, proud, and passionate Bussy, Diana s lover and my ultimate childhood crush I shudder to think how Dumas influenced my real life preferences in men In fact, I am probably going to go reread it right now Overall, this was a very enjoyable read In some ways I liked itthan La Reine Margot, while at other times it was a bit tedious For being the namesake of the book, I find Diane s charcter to be a little underdeveloped The scenes with Chicot and Gorenflot are quite amusing and provide comic relief throughout the story.I read the original French version available at gutenberg.org. When I was younger, I remember watching a French TV series La Dame de Monsoreau It was, like any other French TV series from the 1970 s humph However, the book is so muchricher in details, that it beats the TV series on the whole scale Dumas and his co worker had a very vivid imagination when it comes to the two main characters The noble, courageous and chevaleresque comte de Bussy differs very much from his historic representation And Diane de Meridor Monsoreau is, let s face it, v When I was younger, I remember watching a French TV series La Dame de Monsoreau It was, like any other French TV series from the 1970 s humph However, the book is so muchricher in details, that it beats the TV series on the whole scale Dumas and his co worker had a very vivid imagination when it comes to the two main characters The noble, courageous and chevaleresque comte de Bussy differs very much from his historic representation And Diane de Meridor Monsoreau is, let s face it, very fade I was really drawn to the character of the jester, Chicot, and to that of Gorenflot Chicot,funny,cynnical,noble,philosophical, protective and compassionate what is not to like in him And Gorenflot, the debauched monk, who likes nothing better than a good meal He reminds me of certain personnae from Francois Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel I highly recommend La Dame de Monsoreau to anyone who likes romance, political intrigues, mysteries, humour and a tad of philosophy One too many intriques for me, I m afraid I know that s what Dumas does best, but when the scheming overtakes the characters, I m out I did like this version of Henry III, though, and might have hung in there longer if he played a larger part throughout the first 1 3 of the book. A sequel of sorts to La Reine Margot, this is another classic romantic adventure set against the political in fighting between Henri III and his brother Duc d Anjou, as well as the religious wars that raged in C16th France, spearheaded here by the dashing Henri de Guise, Le Balafr.Structurally, this is very similar to Margot we have two young and handsome men, and a fraught love triangle between the heroic Bussy d Amboise, Diana de Monsoreau and her villainous husband With duels and imprisonm A sequel of sorts to La Reine Margot, this is another classic romantic adventure set against the political in fighting between Henri III and his brother Duc d Anjou, as well as the religious wars that raged in C16th France, spearheaded here by the dashing Henri de Guise, Le Balafr.Structurally, this is very similar to Margot we have two young and handsome men, and a fraught love triangle between the heroic Bussy d Amboise, Diana de Monsoreau and her villainous husband With duels and imprisonment, last minute escapes and disguises, conspiracies and betrayals, this is fast paced and entertaining reading Dumas is an expert at the cliff hanging chapter end and employs the technique consistently to keep the pages flying Readers unsure about the politics of C16th France may need to do a bit of Googling to get the politics and personages straight, especially as Dumas draws so closely on real history The drawback, of course, is that we know who s going to die and when view spoiler The assassination of Bussy d Amboise is a particularly fine set piece as he fights off twenty men, killing about fourteen of them before being overcome himself partly through the perfidy of d Anjou The disappearance of Diana at the end is odd, but is perhaps an indication of her relative unimportance in the book other that as a figure for Bussy s idealising love hide spoiler So this doesn t quite have the sublime drama of Margot, or the political complexity of the later Musketeers books, but Dumas marshals the tropes and figures of romantic adventure very well Some day fall in my hands this novel and only a little late i knew that is the continuation of La Reina Margot,it is mainly located in Paris in 1578.Awesome novel of adventures, intriges,murders ,history, and as a subplot a imposible and tragic love between La Dama de Monserau and Bussy Dambroise who in the end is ambushed and killed.Is followed by the novel Los Cuarenta y Cinco