In this sequel to Chicot the Jester, Diane de M�ridor takes revenge upon the Duc d'Anjou for his foul betrayal of Bussy d'Amboise. Historically it commences with the execution of Salc�de and the arrival of the Forty-Five at Paris and deals with the Guise intrigues, the campaign of Anjou in Flanders and his death; the events in the novel take place in 1584 and 85. Alexandre Dumas' works have been translated into nearly 100 languages and he is one of the most widely read French authors. Many of his historical novels of high adventure were originally published as serials. His novels have been adapted since the early twentieth century for nearly 200 films.