This is John Bentley’s third work: a tale of Huguenot persecution from Paris to La Rochelle. In the capital, in 1572, Catherine de Medicis, the Queen Mother, urges her feckless son, King Charles, to act against the hated Huguenots in the city.
Frustrated, she will instruct her Duke de Guise to carry out a bloody slaughter – known, historically, as the Saint Bartholomew Day’s Massacre.
Hundreds die and fear spreads throughout the kingdom. Many Parisians flee, facing an uncertain future. But, Catherine is not satisfied. She yearns to take La Rochelle on the west coast, a prosperous port and the last Huguenot stronghold. Will her ambition succeed against a town that seeks only peace and justice?