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During the reign of Charles IX and the French Wars of Religion, the throne of France had several suitors and every one try their hardest to keep it. Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, marries Henry de Navarre to bring peace to this chaotic country. Margot, who does not love Henri, begins a passionate affair with La Môle, a noble Huguenot, who was saved by her during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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During the reign of Charles IX and the French Wars of Religion, UsefulNotes/FrenchWarsOfReligion, the throne of France had several suitors and every one try their hardest to keep it. Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, marries Henry de Navarre to bring peace to this chaotic country. Margot, who does not love Henri, begins a passionate affair with La Môle, a noble Huguenot, who was saved by her during the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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* ForeignCussWord:
** ''Mordi!'' It's introduced into the narrative by Coconnas, and the duchess of Nevers picks it up.
** There's also ''Sang-dioux!'', used by Henri of Navarre.
** In at least one English translation, all the swearing is left in French.
* FunetikAksent: Monsieur de Pesme - ahem, Besme -, in the service of the duke of Guise. He's German.


It has been adapted to a [[Film/LaReineMargot movie]] in 1994 with Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi and Vincent Pérez

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It has been adapted to a [[Film/LaReineMargot movie]] in 1994 with Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi and Vincent Pérez
Pérez.



* AlasPoorYorick: Margot kept a rather grisly souvenir.

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* AlasPoorYorick: Margot kept a rather grisly souvenir.souvenir [[spoiler:of her lover La Môle.]]



* ArrangedMarriage: Margot and Henri de Bourbon. They actually get along pretty well, despite not loving each other romantically.



* AwesomeMcCoolName: Charles gives his hunting dogs names like Acteon, Hardfang and Riskall, and his falcon is named Ironbeak.
* BalconyEscape: The way La Môle saved Henri's life, when the royal siblings meant to off him.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Charles gives his hunting dogs names like Acteon, Actéon, Hardfang and Riskall, and his falcon is named Ironbeak.
* BalconyEscape: The way La Môle saved Henri's life, when the royal siblings meant to off him. La Môle would later flee the same way, shortly before [[MissedHimByThatMuch his would-be killers stormed into Marguerite's room.]]
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Coconnas was nice to the executioner, and so [[spoiler:avoided torture. La Môle disdained the man, and had his legs broken.]]



* BeneathTheMask: Charles IX goes forward, even when he knew he was dying.

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* BeneathTheMask: Charles IX goes forward, forges onward, even when he knew he was dying.



* TheChainsOfCommanding: Charles IX visits a grieving Marguerite [[spoiler: after the execution of her lover]] and urges her to attend a ball, following his example as a StepfordSmiler because they are kings and queens, and therefore have duties.



** A sort of VoodooDoll used for a Love Spell was presented as an evidence of crime.
** Rene gives the queen a rare book on hunting instead of a grimoire because they have the same binding. The book is later used in a murder attempt.

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** A sort of VoodooDoll used for a Love Spell was presented as an evidence of a crime.
** Rene René gives the queen a rare book on hunting instead of a grimoire because they have the same binding. The book is later used in a murder attempt.



** At one point during the king's interruption of a dinner between the lovers, she grabs someone's hand in the dark, thinking him to be La Mole.

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** At one point during the king's interruption of a dinner between the lovers, she grabs someone's hand in the dark, thinking him to be La Mole.Môle.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Almost all the main male characters are exhausted and die, only Henry Bourbon manages to escape from Paris, while Queen Catherine triumphs and Henry the Third ascends to the throne in order to plunge Valois into the abyss in the following books.]]
* EdibleAmmunition: The characters hiding in Rue Cloche Percée defended themselves with the rests of their dinner.
* EvilMatriarch: Dowager Queen Catherine, practically TropeMaker for this.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Almost all the main male characters are exhausted and die, only Henry Henri de Bourbon manages to escape from Paris, while Queen Catherine triumphs and Henry Henri the Third ascends to the throne in order to plunge Valois into the abyss in the following books.]]
* EdibleAmmunition: The characters hiding in Rue Cloche Percée defended themselves with the rests rest of their dinner.
* EvilMatriarch: Dowager Queen Catherine, practically the TropeMaker for this.



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Catherine
* GoodScarsEvilScars: They don't call the Duke of Guisa "Le Balafré" (Scarface) for nothing.

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Catherine
Catherine. Schemer, poisoner, murderer; she will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: They don't call the Duke of Guisa Guise "Le Balafré" (Scarface) for nothing.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Henriette, duchess of Nevers, is as kind-hearted as she is blonde.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: While in real life Charlotte of Sauve was indeed one of Catherine of Medici's circle of beautiful courtly spies, she is considerably more heroic here. The real Marguerite wrote that Charlotte exerted incredible sway over Henri and alienated the King and Queen of Navarre.



* HuntingAccident: [[spoiler:Charles IX]] would have died in such an accident, if it wasn't for [[spoiler:Henry of Navarre]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Charles IX is poisoned by a book that Catherine meant for Henri of Navarre.]]
* HopeSpot: La Môle and Coconnas escaped disaster so many times that one would think [[spoiler:the plot for them to escape their execution would succeed. It failed because the latter was too honorable to leave La Môle to die.]]
* HuntingAccident: [[spoiler:Charles IX]] would have died in such an accident, if it wasn't for [[spoiler:Henry of Navarre]]. Charles IX also voices his suspicions that his father went out this way, too.



** [[spoiler:Réné the Florentine]],
** and [[spoiler:Queen Catherine]], to some degree.

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** [[spoiler:Réné the Florentine]],
Florentine]].
** and [[spoiler:Queen Catherine]], to some degree.



** Charlotte de Sauvre was one for Henri de Bourbon.

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** Charlotte de Sauvre Sauve was one for Henri de Bourbon.



* NiceToTheWaiter: and Maître Caboche remember it.

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Coconnas left Maître la Hurière bleeding out in the gutter. [[spoiler:The innkeeper would outlive both him and La Môle.]]
* NiceToTheWaiter: and And Maître Caboche remember it.remembers it. This benefits Coconnas because it spares him torture, but [[spoiler:backfires when Coconnas refuses to flee and leave La Môle, whose legs had been broken by the same torture.]]



* OneSteveLimit: Henri of Navarre (the future Henri IV) is referred to as Henri, while the future Henri III is always referred to as the duke d'Alençon.

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* OneSteveLimit: Henri of Navarre (the future Henri IV) is referred to as Henri, while the future Henri III is always referred to as the duke d'Alençon. There's also Henri, duke of Guise, and Henriette, duchess of Nevers.



* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Henri of Navarre and Marguerite of Valois. They become allies, with her saving him repeatedly from her family's machinations.



* RedOniBlueOni: Coconnas to La Môle, and Henriette to Marguerite, are respectively the red and the blue.



* RoyallyScrewedUp: Valois is a pretty vivid example, considering that because of the dictatorship of Katerina, her children grew incapable of governing the country. Moreover, her most adequate son is a clear ManChild and is deadly sick, and her last daughter is barren despite a dissolute life.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: Valois is a pretty vivid example, considering that because of the dictatorship of Katerina, Catherine, her children grew incapable of governing the country. Moreover, her most adequate son is a clear ManChild and is deadly sick, and her last daughter is barren despite a dissolute life.



* ScyllaAndCharybdis: Henri de Bourbon, to avoid death during the massacre was forced to choose between convert or being locked into the Bastille.
* SuccessionCrisis: The whole point of the novel. Charles IX had a marked predilection over Henri de Bourbon, over his brothers of Anjou and Alençon. Queen Catherine works to ensure Henri de Bourbon doesn't get the crown of France.

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* ScyllaAndCharybdis: Henri de Bourbon, to avoid death during the massacre massacre, was forced to choose between convert or being locked into the Bastille.
* SuccessionCrisis: The whole point of the novel. Charles IX had a marked predilection over preference for Henri de Bourbon, over his brothers of Anjou and Alençon. Queen Catherine works to ensure Henri de Bourbon doesn't get the crown of France.France.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Coconnas and La Môle. The executioner placed them side by side and hand in hand.]]


* ClosetShuffle: A cabinet in Margot's room is repeatedly used to shove in whatever gentleman caller must not be seen by an incoming visitor. Margot once hid her ''husband'' and her ''lover'' in the same cabinet, at the same time.

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* ClosetShuffle: A cabinet in Margot's room is repeatedly used to shove in whatever gentleman caller must not be seen by an incoming visitor. Margot once hid her ''husband'' and her ''lover'' in the same cabinet, at the same time.time (although they're perfectly fine with the other's relationship with Margot).
** At one point during the king's interruption of a dinner between the lovers, she grabs someone's hand in the dark, thinking him to be La Mole.
-->"We are saved!" murmured Marguerite, seizing a hand which she took for that of La Mole. "The King thinks my husband is one of our guests."\\
"And I shall let him think so, madame, you may be sure," said Henry, answering the queen in the same tone.


* TheMistress: Charlotte de Sauvre was one for Henri de Bourbon.

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* TheMistress: TheMistress:
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Charlotte de Sauvre was one for Henri de Bourbon.



* ParentalSubstitute: Charles claims Coligny is like a father to him.

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* ParentalSubstitute: ParentalSubstitute:
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Charles claims Coligny is like a father to him.



* TortureTechnician: Maître Caboche is the Chief executioner of the provostry of Paris and had some apprentices, but he does the whole work for [[BlueBlood folks of quality]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: InUniverse; a footnote winders howFrance would have turned out if Charles' son with Marie Touchet had survived into adulthood.

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* TortureTechnician: Maître Caboche is the Chief chief executioner of the provostry of Paris and had some apprentices, but he does the whole work for [[BlueBlood folks of quality]].
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: InUniverse; a footnote winders howFrance how France would have turned out if Charles' son with Marie Touchet had survived into adulthood.

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* WindowPain: Used as a way to arrange a BalconyEscape.


* BalconyEscape: The way La Môle saved his life, when the royal siblings meant to off him.
* BegoneBribe: Charles IX got the Duke of Anjou the crown of Poland in exchange for some peace.

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* AwesomeMcCoolName: Charles gives his hunting dogs names like Acteon, Hardfang and Riskall, and his falcon is named Ironbeak.
* BalconyEscape: The way La Môle saved his Henri's life, when the royal siblings meant to off him.
* BegoneBribe: Charles IX got the Duke of Anjou the crown of Poland in exchange for some peace. Although in this case it's more of a ReassignedToAntarctica, Poland being viewed as a BarbarianTribe by the refined d'Anjou.



* TheMistress: Charlotte de Sauvre was one for Henri de Bourbon

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* TheMistress: Charlotte de Sauvre was one for Henri de BourbonBourbon.



* PerfectPoison: Ghastly subverted in the poisoned book mentioned above

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* PerfectPoison: Ghastly subverted in OneSteveLimit: Henri of Navarre (the future Henri IV) is referred to as Henri, while the poisoned book mentioned abovefuture Henri III is always referred to as the duke d'Alençon.



* PerfectPoison: Ghastly subverted in the poisoned book mentioned above.



* TortureAlwaysWorks: Played with when Coconnas gave them a good amount of information under false torture. Averted when La Môle never speak under real torture.

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* TortureAlwaysWorks: Played with when Coconnas gave them a good amount of information (against his former employer d'Alençon) under false torture. Averted when La Môle never speak speaks under real torture.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: InUniverse; a footnote winders howFrance would have turned out if Charles' son with Marie Touchet had survived into adulthood.



* YouCantFightFate: Catherine is enraged at seeing all her attempts at killing Henri, seening it as fate. [[spoiler:Rene, having seen the king's horoscope]], defects to his side because of this.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Catherine leads Henri's young servant Orthon to fall into an oubliette.
* YouCantFightFate: Catherine is enraged at seeing all her attempts at killing Henri, seening seeing it as fate. [[spoiler:Rene, having seen the king's horoscope]], defects to his side because of this.


* BrotherSisterIncest: The original book ignores such accusations against the real Valois, but the film likes to hint at it for the sake of creating a frightening atmosphere.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Almost all the main male characters are exhausted and die, only Henry Bourbon manages to escape from Paris, while Queen Catherine triumphs and Henry the Third ascends to the throne in order to plunge Valois into the abyss in the following books.]]



* EvilMatriarch: Dowager Queen Catherine.

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* EvilMatriarch: Dowager Queen Catherine.Catherine, practically TropeMaker for this.



* RoyallyScrewedUp: All the Queen Catherine's children fit the trope in different degrees.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: All Valois is a pretty vivid example, considering that because of the Queen Catherine's dictatorship of Katerina, her children fit grew incapable of governing the trope in different degrees.country. Moreover, her most adequate son is a clear ManChild and is deadly sick, and her last daughter is barren despite a dissolute life.


* ChekhovsGun: A sort of VoodooDoll used for a Love Spell was presented as an evidence of crime.
* ClosetShuffle: Once Margot hide her ''husband'' and her ''lover'' in the same cabinet, at the same time.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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A sort of VoodooDoll used for a Love Spell was presented as an evidence of crime.
** Rene gives the queen a rare book on hunting instead of a grimoire because they have the same binding. The book is later used in a murder attempt.
* ClosetShuffle: Once A cabinet in Margot's room is repeatedly used to shove in whatever gentleman caller must not be seen by an incoming visitor. Margot hide once hid her ''husband'' and her ''lover'' in the same cabinet, at the same time.



* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Possibly Dumas was influenced too much by the propaganda against Catherine of Medici. In the book she didn't stop short of murder to help her son Henri.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Possibly Dumas was influenced too much by the propaganda against Catherine of Medici. In the book she didn't stop short of murder to help her son Henri.Henri, [[spoiler:and even ended up accidentally murdering her own son]].



* ProfessionalKiller: Maurevel started his career killing De Mouy's father and from that point, he get some other jobs, until De Mouy stop him.

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* ProfessionalKiller: Maurevel started his career killing De Mouy's father and from that point, he get some other jobs, until De Mouy stop stopped him.



* WindowPain: Used as a way to arrange a BalconyEscape.

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* WindowPain: Used as a way to arrange a BalconyEscape.BalconyEscape.
* YouCantFightFate: Catherine is enraged at seeing all her attempts at killing Henri, seening it as fate. [[spoiler:Rene, having seen the king's horoscope]], defects to his side because of this.


* ArrangedMarriage: Margot and Henri de Bourbon.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Margot and Henri de Bourbon. They actually get along pretty well, despite not loving each other romantically.

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* EvilMatriarch: Dowager Queen Catherine.


* AlasPoorYorick: Margot kept rather grisly souvenir.

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* AlasPoorYorick: Margot kept a rather grisly souvenir.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It's Dumas, so it's par for the course:
** Far from being allies, Charles IX, Anjou, and Catherine de' Medici actually loathed the duc de Guise (and he fully returned their hatred).
** On the other hand, Alençon and Henri de Navarre actually were allies, not enemies.



* FingerLickingPoison: a poisoned book is used in attempt on King Henri of Navarre's life, but the plan backfires with disastrous results.
* GambitPileup: Henri of Navarre is the center of all plans of the French royal court: the King trying to destroy their religion, the queen mother trying to ruin his marriage, and the Duke of Alençon trying to take his kingdom.

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* FingerLickingPoison: a A poisoned book is used in attempt on King Henri of de Navarre's life, but the plan backfires with disastrous results.
* GambitPileup: Henri of de Navarre is the center of all plans of the French royal court: the King trying to destroy their religion, the queen mother trying to ruin his marriage, and the Duke of Alençon d'Alençon trying to take his kingdom.


''La Reine Margot'' (A.K.A "Queen Margot", "Marguerite de Valois") is the first novel of ''The Last Valois'' series written in 1845 by AlexandreDumas, père. The series next books are ''Literature/LaDameDeMonsoreau'' and ''Les Quarante-Cinq''.

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''La Reine Margot'' (A.K.A "Queen Margot", "Marguerite de Valois") is the first novel of ''The Last Valois'' series written in 1845 by AlexandreDumas, Creator/AlexandreDumas, père. The series next books are ''Literature/LaDameDeMonsoreau'' and ''Les Quarante-Cinq''.


* BegoneBribe: Charles IX got the Duke of Anjou the crown of Poland in exchange of some peace.

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* BegoneBribe: Charles IX got the Duke of Anjou the crown of Poland in exchange of for some peace.



* ProfessionalKiller: Maurevel started his carrer killing De Mouy's father and from that point, he get some other jobs, until De Mouy stop him.
* PublicSecretMessage: Delivered by Margot, in Latin, in a formal ceremony to announce her husband's allies that the scape was impossible.

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* ProfessionalKiller: Maurevel started his carrer career killing De Mouy's father and from that point, he get some other jobs, until De Mouy stop him.
* PublicSecretMessage: Delivered by Margot, in Latin, in a formal ceremony to announce to her husband's allies that the scape escape was impossible.



* SuccessionCrisis: The hole point of the novel. Charles IX had a marked predilection over Henri de Bourbon, over his brothers of Anjou and Alençon. Queen Catherine to ensure Henri de Bourbon doesn't get the crown of France.

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* SuccessionCrisis: The hole whole point of the novel. Charles IX had a marked predilection over Henri de Bourbon, over his brothers of Anjou and Alençon. Queen Catherine works to ensure Henri de Bourbon doesn't get the crown of France.

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