The Hostage Queen



A Brand New Historical Novel From A Well Loved Storyteller Marguerite De Valois, The Most Beautiful Woman In The French Court, Is The Subject Of Great Intrigue She Loves Henri Of Guise, But Is Married Off To Henry Of Navarre, Which Her Mother Hopes Will Bring Peace To The Realm But, Within Days, The Streets Of Paris Are Awash With Blood, And Marguerite And Her New Husband Are Held Hostage By Her Own Family Can They Ever Hope To Escape Alive In A Court Rife With Murder, Jealousy And The Hunger For Power, It Will Not Be An Easy TaskThe Hostage Queen

Born in Lancashire, I ve been a teacher, bookseller and in a mad moment, a smallholder on the freezing fells of the Lake District where I tried my hand at the good life , kept sheep and hens, various orphaned cats and dogs, built drystone walls, planted a small wood and even learned how to make jam I now spend the winter in Spain and summer in the UK I have now published 48 books including many bestselling family sagas and historical novels.Forinformation, visit my website www.fredalightfoot.co.uk.

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  • Hardcover
  • 260 pages
  • The Hostage Queen
  • Freda Lightfoot
  • English
  • 09 April 2018
  • 0727868888

10 thoughts on “The Hostage Queen

  1. says:

    3 stars It was goodLet no man say that marriages are made in heaven the gods would not commit so great an injusticeAll the harm that ever came to me in life came through marriage, the greatest calamity that ever befell me Marguerite of NavarrInteresting to see a take on history from Catherine s daughter s perspective Those two had the epitome of a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship I would have preferred if the novel spenttime focusing on Henry of Navarre as well, 3 stars It was goodLet no man say that marriages are made in heaven the gods would not commit so great an injusticeAll the harm that ever came to me in life came through marriage, the greatest calamity that ever befell me Marguerite of NavarrInteresting to see a take on history from Catherine s daughter s perspective Those two had the epitome of a dysfunctional mother daughter relationship I would have preferred if the novel spenttime focusing on Henry of Navarre as well, but hope to learnabout him in the next two books in the series Favorite Quote But why should a husband be allowed to spread his favours as he wishes, but not his wife First Sentence The hot summer sun seared through the drawn curtains of the litter as the cumbersome vehicle trundled with bone aching slowness through the French countryside, every jolt jangling Margot s already shredded nerves

  2. says:

    This was a book that I really wanted to like, but try as I could, I could not get past the major flaws in this one, and they are pretty big Mostly, the author spends a great deal of the book telling me what is happening, not showing it to me, and there was so much squandered possibilities there to create a really great novel Too, it felt very much like a retelling of Alexandre Dumas La Reine Margot It just did not work, and that s too bad For the longer review, please go to This was a book that I really wanted to like, but try as I could, I could not get past the major flaws in this one, and they are pretty big Mostly, the author spends a great deal of the book telling me what is happening, not showing it to me, and there was so much squandered possibilities there to create a really great novel Too, it felt very much like a retelling of Alexandre Dumas La Reine Margot It just did not work, and that s too bad For the longer review, please go to

  3. says:

    This novel is about Margot of Valois, who s forced by her ruthless mother, Catherine de Medici, to marry Henry of Navarre despite her love for Henri, duc de Guise As the tensions between the Catholics and the Huguenots constantly threaten to explode, Margot must navigate the treacherous French court, where her three brothers are constantly scheming against each other and Margot.I found this novel disappointing There s comparatively little dialogue, and much of it is of the expository, As you This novel is about Margot of Valois, who s forced by her ruthless mother, Catherine de Medici, to marry Henry of Navarre despite her love for Henri, duc de Guise As the tensions between the Catholics and the Huguenots constantly threaten to explode, Margot must navigate the treacherous French court, where her three brothers are constantly scheming against each other and Margot.I found this novel disappointing There s comparatively little dialogue, and much of it is of the expository, As you know, Bob, variety at one point, the unfortunate Henri of Guise, in bed with Margot, is made to stop his caressing to give her a lecture on current events which she hardly needs Even the bankers refuse to offer him anycredit, yet he is in dire need of funds for he is in terror that Philip II may bring his armies out of the Netherlands and invade France Maybe being made to deliver speeches like this explains why there s so little chemistry between these lovers.There are some lively moments in the prose, especially when the cheerfully cynical Catherine de Medici comes upon the scene, but cliches abound the phrase sell me off to the highest bidder, so often used in historical fiction where an arranged marriage is involved, makes its shopworn appearance here.I did like the sympathetic portrait of Margot, and Henri of Navarre was a lively presence as well their interchanges with each other were some of the brighter parts of the novel None of the other characters came alive for me, though As was the case with the sequel to this book, the author spends much time describing the characters physical appearances, but I never came to know the people beneath those handsome faces and bejeweled gowns We re told that Margot and Guise are passionately in love with each other, but we never get a sense of what drew them together other than physical attraction.The St Bartholomew s Day massacre is one of the main events of this novel, but I didn t think that the author took advantage of the dramatic potential it offered Other pivotal events, like a vicious beating Margot receives and the execution of one of her lovers, are described in a strangely detached manner Farvivid are the many descriptions of the excesses, sartorial and otherwise, of Margot s brother Anjou.The last couple of novels I ve read about this period focused on Catherine de Medici and featured Margot as only a background character, and a rather unsympathetic one, so it was interesting to have Margot s perspective on events indeed, that s what kept me reading to the end Unfortunately, it really wasn t enough to save the novel for me

  4. says:

    This was a very good book I enjoyed the author s writing style I am going to try a few other of her books She made the character of Queen Margot come alive for me I need to do some research now to see if she lives happily ever after I am looking forward to reading her next book Reluctant Queen which I believe continues the story 4.5 5

  5. says:

    The full review is available on The Basic Bookworm Hostage Queen by Freda Lightfoot is a historical fiction novel, which explores the life of Catherine de Medici and her children following the death of Francis II I happened upon this book while I was wandering around the library, and I couldn t stop thinking about it until I borrowed it I really enjoyed it but there were some things that I found a little disappointing.Growing up, Margot had fallen in love with Henri, Duke of Guise They spent s The full review is available on The Basic Bookworm Hostage Queen by Freda Lightfoot is a historical fiction novel, which explores the life of Catherine de Medici and her children following the death of Francis II I happened upon this book while I was wandering around the library, and I couldn t stop thinking about it until I borrowed it I really enjoyed it but there were some things that I found a little disappointing.Growing up, Margot had fallen in love with Henri, Duke of Guise They spent so much time together that Margot believed her mother Catherine de Medici would allow them to marry Of course, things don t run as smoothly as Margot had hoped, especially when her brother Charles and her mother demand that she marry Henry of Navarre a country bumpkin, who she shares no common interests with After their wedding, a prominent Admiral is found murdered and ignites an all out religious war between Catholics and Protestants While the body count rises, Margot s husband is in danger and it is up to her to plead her mother and brother to spare him For their safety, Margot and Henry are imprisoned in the Louvre where they are forced to spend time in a perverse and dangerous court As Margot spendstime at court, she becomes the centre of many rumours which threatens her life Margot must learn to improve her skills in manipulation and deception in order to survive the constant threats at court.I really loved the range of characters that appeared throughout the book I initially thought that the story would revolve around Margot s views on her relationship with her husband and family As I read, however, I found that the story did not focus on Margot, but pretty much every member of her family I was able to learnabout how each character thought and interacted with others, so I had an insight into each character s personalities Unlike most books, this novel did not centre around one main character, which I thought was interesting Of course, I would have preferred to read about all of the events from Margot s point of view, but I don t mind too much I thought that it was a different way of seeing things and gaining entrance to other opinions, so I m happy.Maybe it was because of the suspense, but I thought that the plot was intriguing and immersive I watched the tv show Reign, so I had a fair idea of the Medici Valois family but I never saw Margot I knew this when I stumbled across the book, so I thought that it would be nice to get to know her character a little The blurb promised drama and scandals, so my inner drama queen NEEDED this book I love a book that can keep me interested from start to finish, so I think that Lightfoot did an awesome job with this one.My favourite character was Margot because she was loyal especially to her husband , rebellious, clever, courageous and relatable I know all about the whole mother and son duo I loved how cold she could be towards the haters, but completely sweet and charming to those who deserve it I felt for her when she was betrayed, and I understand her need to be loved

  6. says:

    The story of Marguerite of Valois is as shocking as it is tragic She lived in tumultous times Although, the author did her research, I did not appreciate the info dumps in every chapter Also, what 13 year old talks like thisIt was unfair of her to attempt this nonsense of a reconcilitaion Th order certainly did not come from the King Charles has far too much sensitivity Nevertheless, the love between Marguerite and Duc de Guise is portrayed well and I found myself rooting for them I wa The story of Marguerite of Valois is as shocking as it is tragic She lived in tumultous times Although, the author did her research, I did not appreciate the info dumps in every chapter Also, what 13 year old talks like thisIt was unfair of her to attempt this nonsense of a reconcilitaion Th order certainly did not come from the King Charles has far too much sensitivity Nevertheless, the love between Marguerite and Duc de Guise is portrayed well and I found myself rooting for them I was disappointed when Marguerite refused to divorce Henry of Navarre and marry Duc de Guise, but I understood the sacrifice she made She did what was right and that made me respect her evenIt s a well written book or maybe I ve read worse hist fic than this But I cannot wait to read the second part of the series

  7. says:

    Utter trash I may well have purchased this book for a very low price but that doesn t make it any less painful.In the fifty pages or so that I read I felt that there are very few descriptions of 16th century France and if you took out a few words here and there it could be any time, any where and that doesn t work for me I gave up shortly after Margot is near a grown woman and hot for love as I just couldn t stand it any longer.

  8. says:

    I got into this book right away, it had a great beginning It was just the last 1 8th of the book that hit the rocks for me I ve seen it happen too many times to count, the end is in sight so the author seems to rush things along and it s just too fast and furious It loses it s substance somehow and seems like a cop out to me I have to wonder why Are they just tired of writing it So sick of the story and research they re just ready for it to be done The story loses something when it ramps I got into this book right away, it had a great beginning It was just the last 1 8th of the book that hit the rocks for me I ve seen it happen too many times to count, the end is in sight so the author seems to rush things along and it s just too fast and furious It loses it s substance somehow and seems like a cop out to me I have to wonder why Are they just tired of writing it So sick of the story and research they re just ready for it to be done The story loses something when it ramps up like that in speed, it s like the author is rushing you out the door, the tour is over, time has run out Sorry And this piece of fiction doesn t even really end, the Queen s fate is still up in the air and the reader is left saying that s it

  9. says:

    I enjoyed this not very publicized book Luckily being on Goodreads, it was brought to my attention There is a lot of history packed into all 260 pages It helps to know a bit about it before you read it It is about Marguerite de Valois Catherine de Medici s stubborn and beautiful daughter I assumed by the title, it covered the years Margo was imprisoned by her brother Henry III in the castle of Usson, where she spent eighteen years Instead, it covers the earlier part of her life where sh I enjoyed this not very publicized book Luckily being on Goodreads, it was brought to my attention There is a lot of history packed into all 260 pages It helps to know a bit about it before you read it It is about Marguerite de Valois Catherine de Medici s stubborn and beautiful daughter I assumed by the title, it covered the years Margo was imprisoned by her brother Henry III in the castle of Usson, where she spent eighteen years Instead, it covers the earlier part of her life where she falls in love with Guise, but is forced to marry another It relives for us the haunting Massacre of St Bartholomew From what I hear there is a follow up book which does cover her years held hostage at Usson made famous by her scandalous memoirs

  10. says:

    After reading C M Gortner s novel about Catherine d Medici I wanted to read a novel featuring her daughter Margot but didn t wish to read Dumas I found this novel rather lacklustre While some sections were fine and the author does write the love scenes very well too much of the book felt like reading non fiction making for a rather patchy pace Catherine is so obviously the baddie here and the ending just sort of happened I would have appreciated an author s note rounding out Margot s histo After reading C M Gortner s novel about Catherine d Medici I wanted to read a novel featuring her daughter Margot but didn t wish to read Dumas I found this novel rather lacklustre While some sections were fine and the author does write the love scenes very well too much of the book felt like reading non fiction making for a rather patchy pace Catherine is so obviously the baddie here and the ending just sort of happened I would have appreciated an author s note rounding out Margot s history after those last sentences While reading this novel it struck me as amazing that the people of France didn t rise up and start chopping off the heads of their aristocrats two hundred years before the French Revolution

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