Synopsis : La Dague au Lys rouge 1 (The
Dagger with the red Fleur-de-Lys)
She is an orphan.
She was raised in a convent.
She is the heiress to a great fortune and
goddaughter of the Queen of France, Marie de
Her fate changes when her charming fiancé,
Vittorio Strozzi, is murdered the day before the
wedding by means of a dagger with a note: anyone
who claims to marry the girl will die the same
When the Queen of France is threatened with
repudiation by Henry IV, overwhelmed by her ugly
character and her crazy expenses, she asks her
rich goddaughter for help. Lorenza accepts. She
must win for the Queen's cause the oldest friend
and adviser of Henry IV, the Marquis Hector of
Sarrance. But how? By marrying his son
But Antoine is in love with a maid of honour of
the Queen and does not want to marry Lorenza. It
is therefore his father who will marry the
beautiful Florentine since his son is not free...
Until the day Lorenza is presented to the Court
and Antoine, when he sees her, falls in love at
As a result passions, intrigues and murders will
Synopsis : Le Couteau de Ravaillac
2 (The knife of Ravaillac) (Plon 2010)
Despite the serious threats to his union with
Lorenza, Thomas de Courcy has no intention of
giving up on the young woman. Their marriage
gives rise to a beautiful celebration barely
disturbed by the order given to the bridegroom
by the king, is it a trap to join him
immediately... Now in the fiery arms of Thomas,
passionately in love, Lorenza, amazed, finally
After a few days of absolute happiness, the
couple must unfortunately return to reality.
War is about to break out.
All for King Henri IV's passion of the moment
for the beautiful eyes of young Charlotte
de Montmorency, wife of Condé who took her to
Three gentlemen, including Thomas, have the task
of kidnapping the lady before the French troops
attack Brussels. In Paris, the coronation of
Marie de Médici is being prepared, to which the
King has consented despite the dark
presentiments this awokes: a strange red-haired
man, dressed in green, whom Lorenza once met, is
already wandering in town...
The day after his wife's coronation, Henry IV
was murdered. Did Ravaillac's knife, by taking
the life of the sovereign, also destroy the
happiness of Lorenza and Thomas?
interesting detail :
Foreign Editions : Hungary, Czech-Republic and
Here I can offer you an interview with
Juliette Benzoni which I have translated from
French. The author was talking about her
book La Dague au Lys Rouge in 2010. My personal wish,
that this excellent mini series will be
translated into English and especially Italian,.
The story begins in Florence where we meet many
historical characters. like Marie de
Medici and the famous Henri IV
book (critique in Le Club de L'Actualité
Once again, Juliette Benzoni offers us a novel
of Cloak and Dagger that will give us delicious
shivers! Lorenza, illegitimate child of the
Medicis, was sent from Florence to Paris to
marry the son of an old companion of Henry IV.
In fact, she is handed over to the father, who
undertakes to rape her. She is saved in extremis
by a dagger: a curse threatened to all her
future suitors that their throats shall be slit
before reaching their ends. Arrested, submitted
to the question, trapped between the
Machiavellian Florentines and French justice,
Lorenza can only rely on the proverbial
generosity of good King Henry... A superb
account of adventures at the court of
Great honour for Juliette Benzoni! Her new book
La Dague au Lys Rouge
had been chosen as "The
Great Book of the Month"
in May 2010
In the France Loisirs Edition from 1/1/2011
we find once again a personal dedication from Juliette
Benzoni to her faithful readers for the club reders of
Ce sera une joie si mes personnages de la Dague
au Lys Rouge s'attirent l'amitié des lecteurs du Club. (It
will be a joy if my characters from the Red Lily Dagger
attract the friendship of the Club's readers)
interesting detail :
On 15 September
published the Lorenza Saga the
first time in paperback.
Bulletin des Lettres
« It is the best Benzoni, heiress -
voluntary or not - to Alexandre Dumas. Novel of
Cape & Dagger, at the Court of France, under the
reign of Henry IV and Marie de Médici. »
Audio MP3 : 1. La Dague au lys rouge !
Le couteau de Ravaillac
I would like to thank
Hélène, my French amie for her magnificent creation. It is her tribute
to Juliette Benzoni's book la Dague au Lys Rouge.
As we learned
from Juliette herself, she would have preferred the
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
for her series Le Bal des Poignards - that is of Lady
Lilith. The text
on this creation is taken from the book
au Lys Rouge
from the first Book
Text chosen by Linda Compagnoni
The sky had fallen...
She's very young, very beautiful and rich! That's why they are
Respect to death! said another.
And there was silence, troubled only by the creaking of the wheels
and the slow beat, haunting and heavy as that of an anguished heart...
When she reached the scaffold, straight and proud, she took a firm
step towards the executor who, as he approached, put one knee in the
ground to obtain her forgiveness.
I have nothing to forgive you for," she says. But couldn't my hands
be untied so I could reach them?
He nodded with a blink of his eyelids, took a knife from his belt
and cut the rope. She asked to incur:
Do you have to cut my braid ?
No. It will be enough if the neck is clear.....
That's why I'm going to have to cut the collar of your dress....
At that moment, the rue de la Boucherie burst into a huge noise that
covered the bell tower: a horseman screaming "get out of the way!
His lungs were almost bursting as he rushed through the crowd, which
opened instinctively. At a gallop, he rode straight to the scaffold,
jumped off his horse in vaulting and climbed the ladder four at a
Do not touch that lady, executioner! I am Thomas, Baron de Courcy
and I want to marry her! And, by God, I swear she's innocent!
interesting detail :
Le Bal des Poignards
our heroine Lorenza
Davanzati is described as a beautiful
girl with «
eyes and golden reddish hair
On a visit to the Metropolitan Museum in New
York 2013, I was attracted by this painting
called Girl with Cherries.
My sister later on surprised me with this
Girl with Cherries
© Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Giovanni Ambrogio de Predis
in Leonardo da Vinci's circle)
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