Margaret de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

This is Alexandre Dumas’s 1845 historical romance, “Margaret de Valois”.

Set in Paris during the French Wars of Religion, it tells the story of Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, who was the daughter of Henry II and the notorious schemer, Catherine de Medici. A fantastic retelling full of intrigue and passion, “Margaret de Valois” is not to be missed by fans of historical fiction.

A Queen twice over, Margaret was subjected to many political manipulations, including being held prisoner (albeit at a comfortable castle) by her own brother for many years. However, her life was anything but passive. She was famous for her beauty and sense of style, notorious for a licentious lifestyle, and also proved a competent memoirist.

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a famous French writer. He is best remembered for his exciting romantic sagas, including “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Despite making a great deal of money from his writing, Dumas was almost perpetually penniless thanks to his extravagant lifestyle. His novels have since been translated into nearly a hundred different languages, and have inspired over two hundred motion pictures.

Many vintage texts such as ‘Margaret de Valois’ are becoming increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now, in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.


Here, at Alexandre Dumas Works, you can find the best of this of this scintillating author’s historical novels, essays, plays, and travel books.

We also have a biography of Alexandre Dumas, recounting a personal life almost as tumultuous as the fiction he penned, as well as a constantly updated selection of his quotes, anecdotes and wisdom.

Through republishing works such as ‘Margaret de Valois’, it is hoped that the writing of this most widely read of French authors, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.