Henri III: A Play in Five Acts Alexandre Dumas

ISBN: 9781434442482

Published: January 17th 2014


134 pages


Henri III: A Play in Five Acts  by  Alexandre Dumas

Henri III: A Play in Five Acts by Alexandre Dumas
January 17th 2014 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 134 pages | ISBN: 9781434442482 | 6.11 Mb

Dumas wrote and staged Henri III (1829) before Hugo weighed in with the more famous Hernani (1831). It was the opening salvo in the war between The Romantics and the Classicists. Dumas play was less controversial and more successful than Hugos play. Dumas hero, Saint Megrin, a fiery opponent of the Duke of Guise and a favorite of Henry III is also in love with the Dukes wife. Saint Megrins partiality for the King also has brought him into conflict with Henrys unscrupulous mother Catherine de Medici, who decides to rid herself of both Guise and Saint Megrin by fostering the thus-far Platonic relationship between the Duchess de Guise and her would be lover.

This she manages with the aid of the Astrologer Ruggieri, and brings about the ruin of Saint Megrin. All set against the background of magic, superstition, and religious fanatacism preceding The Saint Bartholomews Day Massacre. It also makes interesting reading when read against Dumas later dramatization of his novel La Reine Margot (Queen Margot), also published by Borgo/Wildside.

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