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Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Gallimard first published December 14th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about La Reine morte , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of La Reine morte. Apr 14, Sophie rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics , chara-magnet , nom-nom-nom , read-in-franch , romance , to-reread , shakesp , favorites.
The characters are fantastic, powerful like Balzacian characters without the cynicism, if a morality play had been the picture ofa fire this would be the fire! She was eventually assasinated in a court intrigue.
Ferrante is a Lear who decides to reign until he drops dead, securely bolstered on his throne by his inordinate pride and cruelty masked by a hypocritical concern for the state. Jul 12, Antoine Vazquez rated it it was ok. Mais pourquoi regarder le ciel? Apr 16, Realini rated it it was amazing. Ferrante is the king of Portugal and he wants Prince Pedro, his son, to marry the infanta of Navarre, for reasons of state.
And we proceed with a classic conflict between duty and love. Prince Pedro loves Ines de Castro, but this is not what the king wants and he is very upset to learn that his son had refused the infanta. In the first part of this great drama, king Ferrante is willing to compromise and even appears to be a reasonable man.
When he meets Ines, he is taken by her beauty and refinement. The king says to Prince Pedro: - Marry the woman you must and have an affair with whoever you want Not in these words, but I would say with that message. Advisers to the king maintain that Ines should be killed, to make way for the necessary marriage that would boost the power of Portugal. But king Ferrante delves into psychology and shows both understanding and a merciful side, at least to begin with.
Things are complicated by the revelation that Prince Pedro and Ines have married in secret, at a time when marriages were difficult to break apart. The pope has to pronounce an annulment and the focus is on obtaining this exemption and the prince to agree. The pressure falls on Dona Ines, who is asked by the king to convince the man she loves to give her up. Gradually, the king shows more of his darker side, after giving the impression that he will protect the innocent.
We are dealing with a very complex and interesting leading role that I see at the very center of the play. King Ferrante is by far more important and intriguing than all the rest put together, but this is in large part the contribution of the fantastic actor.
If in the first place the king affirmed that he will not give orders to have Dona Ines killed, things change. Prince Pedro does not want to give up and the health of the king is deteriorating and with it his patience. There are some very cruel stances that he takes, speaking of babies being thrown to the pigs and such like monstrosities.
To his confidant he shouts- - They will take your heart out and you will see it before you die!! This was an extraordinary marriage made in heaven between a fabulous text and the Ubermensch of an actor Oct 13, Lise added it.
I always read more than one book at the same time. This one fascinated me because of its title which is about the story of the unfortunate Ines de Castro who fell in love with Don Pedro The Cruel, future ruler of Portugal.
She was the natural child of a low-born nobleman from Spain who came to Portugal and was noticed by Don Pedro who fell so madly in love with her, he secretly married her. When Don Ferrante, Pedro's father found out about the marriage and the fact Ines was with child, he flew in I always read more than one book at the same time. When Don Ferrante, Pedro's father found out about the marriage and the fact Ines was with child, he flew in a big rage since he had planned on cementing an alliance with Spain by marrying Pedro to the Infanta of Navarre and had Ines executed.
Those who read about Portugal's history know that Pedro upon becoming king had Ines' corpse exhumed and forced everybody in Portugal to kiss her skeletal hand and pay homage to her as Portugal's queen.
Pedro took the title of cruel after her death as he had sincerely loved her. He had buried again in a crypt with all the honors to a queen and had a monument made upon her sepulcher.
It is said that upon his own death, he was also buried at her side. This is one of the most tragic love stories taking place I believe in ancient times. De Montherland wrote a play on the subject and this is the play I'm now reading. De Montherland has some inaccuracies in his play. First of all, Ines' murder is more subtle than that.
Ferrante from what I read of the actual story never actually met Ines and so would not have come to like her and to still decide to have her killed and then die right after she dies.
When Pedro had Ines' body paraded around for everybody in Portugal to pay homage to her, she had been in the grave for some time as he paraded a skeleton with a crown and rich robes, not a fresh corpse.
It was like De Montherland wanted to soften the story somewhat, romanticize it. You should only check it out if you like De Montherland's writing style. May 26, Czarny Pies rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Des profs qui enseignent la litterture francaise aux anglophones. Shelves: french-lit. La reine morte raconte l'histoire d'un prince qui provoque la colere de son pere sans avoir le courage de lui tenir tete.
Le prince refuse un marriage qui offre des tres forts avantages pour le royaume. Il epouse la femme qu'il aime secretement. Elle devient enceinte. Le roi decide de la supprimer. Le prince prend connaissance des intentions meutrieres de son pere mais il ne fait rien pour sauver son epouse. Il pleure lachement sur son corps quand le rideau tombe. L'auteur n'est pas tellement con La reine morte raconte l'histoire d'un prince qui provoque la colere de son pere sans avoir le courage de lui tenir tete.
L'auteur n'est pas tellement contre les mariages d'amour. Il s'en veut surtout aux laches qui mettent des personnes en peril mais qui ne font rien pour les defendre. Parce que le francais d'Henri de Montherlant est tres limpide et le texte est aussi court, La reine morte est souvent enseigne dans les cours de litterature francais pour les anglophones.
C'est un choix tout a fait admirable. Jul 26, Mina rated it liked it. Alicia rated it liked it Jun 02, Pia rated it liked it Jun 29, Tjeerd Elias-van der Heide rated it really liked it Mar 31, Celestica rated it really liked it May 06, Laure rated it it was amazing Apr 29, J rated it liked it Sep 08, Dana Tarina rated it liked it Jan 06, Adeline rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Paul rated it it was ok Jan 12, Julie rated it really liked it Jan 14,
La reine morte
La Reine morte