From Dumas päre, master of such French historical ripsnorters as The Three Musketeers, comes a tale of 16th-century France. Neither the best nor the worst of times, it was a period of religious wars, in this case between Catholics and Huguenots. The central figure is Marguerite de Valois, the daughter of Catherine de MÇdicis. Marguerite married the Huguenot Henry of Navarre, who became King Henry IV after he converted to Catholicism. What's to say? This is a novel about French royalty, so it has a lot of political and erotic intrigue and a lot of food. The book's jacket and promotion will tie in to the Miramax film starring Isabelle Adjani in the title role.