This reading group guide for Queen Jezebel includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
The aging Catherine de’ Medici and her sickly son King Charles are hoping to cease the violence between feuding religions: the Catholics and the Huguenots. When Catherine arranges the marriage of her beautiful Catholic daughter Margot to Huguenot King Henry of Navarre, the kingdom’s subjects hope there will finally be peace.
But shortly after the wedding, when many of the most prominent Huguenots are still celebrating in Paris, King Charles gives an order that could only have come from his mother: rid France of its “pestilential Huguenots forever.”
In this bloody conclusion to the Catherine de’Medici trilogy, Jean Plaidy shows the demise of kings and skillfully exposes Catherine’s lifetime of depraved scheming. Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. What did you find most remarkable about the conduct of the royal family and the other ladies and lords of the Valois court? What did you find most appealing? Were you surprised by the indiscretions of Princess Margot and the other royals?