A book for college groups and historians, for reference shelves of public and college libraries, not for the general reader. Traces history of the Guise family through three generations, from 1496 to downfall under Henri IV. It was a powerful, hot-headed, Catholic family, fighters or cardinals of Lorraine, and for more than a century they fought for control of the king, fomenting religious wars, leading up to the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. Through, scholarly, gives careful background of period, with development in art, religion, politics. Not a book to be read by anyone without thorough grounding of period.