Marguerite de Valois, 14 May 1553 – 27 March 1615) was Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century. A royal princess of France by birth, she was the last of the House of... More > Valois.
She was the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici and the sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. She was queen twice for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who finally became King Henry IV of France.
Margaret was famous for her beauty and sense of style She was also a gifted poet and writer, notable for both her own scandalous behavior and for revealing that of others. Margaret took many lovers both during her marriage and after her annulment. When imprisoned by her brother Henry III for eighteen years, she took advantage of the time to write her memoirs, which included a succession of stories relating to the disputes of her brothers Charles IX and Henry III with her husband Henry IV. The memoirs were published posthumously in 1628.< Less
The Borgias are the most infamous family of Italian Renaissance , and their history normally hinges around three key individuals: Rodrigo Borgia, his son Cesare and daughter Lucrezia. Thanks to the... More > actions of them, the family name is associated with greed, power, lust and murder.
The patriarch Rodrigo later known as Alexander VI, was the vice-chancellor, and became Pope in 1492, with the death of the Pope.
Rodrigo put all his work together with a huge amount of bribes and was elected Alexander VI.
Cesare became a cardinal in 1493,and played a central rol in the intrigues of Rome. He was so clever and manipulative, that is contemporary Nicholas Machiavelli, based his masterpiece "The Prince" in his personality.
Lucrezia Borgia played an important role, managing key alliances with her marriages.
Alexander Dumas father, wrote an amazing novel exploring the lives of these characters, their intrigues, and famous rumors, such as incest between Cesare and Lucrezia< Less
Mary Stuart By,Alexandre Dumas ,Father, is a book about the life of Mary Stuart who was queen regnant of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and queen consort of France from 10 July 1559... More > to 5 December 1560.
Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland, was 6 days old when her father died and she acceded to the throne.
Mary had pretensions to the English throne especially being a descendant of Henry VIII's elder sister. At the eyes of many Catholics the queen Elizabeth was illegitimate, and Mary Stuart was the rightful queen of England
She had no luck in life, being imprisoned several times, having to abdicate the throne, and engaged in a conspiracy to overthrow the powerful Queen Elizabeth I< Less