August 24th 1572 madness seized Catholic Paris. The cobbles were stained with Huguenot blood. The carnival of butchery begun by th ebell of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois raged unchecked.
To her other crimes Catherine de'Medici now added the infamy of St Bartholomew's Eve. Worshipping no god save power she lived only to rule through her tained offspring. None of her children -mad Charles, perverted Anjou, deformed Alencon and the wonton Margot-tursted the Queen Morher. None loved her. And all France feared her.