The Iron King. The Accursed Kings (Series). Book 1. Maurice Druon Author ( ). cover image of The Iron King · The Iron King. The Accursed Kings (Series). Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. *Starred Review* Sporting an enthusiastic introduction by Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Literature & Fiction. ‘This is the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. The Accursed Kings Series Books The Iron King, The Strangled Queen, The Poisoned Crown.
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France became a great nation under Philip the Fair — but it was a greatness achieved at the expense of her people, for his was a reign characterised by violence, the scandalous adulteries of his daughters-in-law, and the triumph of royal authority. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Read more Read less.
Either would have felt right at home in the Gestapo. Phillip's and their relentless persecution of Jews and Templars 15, by some accounts belies a saintly temperament. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's of daughter Isabelle: I have always wondered how the three wives of Phillip's sons could have been so errantly stupid. Yet when you meet them and their husbands particularly the heir Louis , it's not so surprising they would take lovers.
Druon convincingly makes Isabelle their nemesis from bitterness and hate and their exposure and disgrace is very well done. There is also a delightful sorceress who likes to pretend the lover she's copulating with is actually the Devil.
Only the French Like Phillip, I pitied a France that had Louis in the wings as heir, and was hoping against history the famous though certainly apocryphal Grand Master's curse would fall one short. Alas, it was not to be. Phillip follows Boniface and Nogaret to the bowels of hell Can't wait to read The Strangled Queen. Paperback Verified Purchase. This sets the stage for the rest of the series.
I only wish the author had other series. The tale of the destruction of the Knights Templar and the view that the curse of the dying leaders affected the French throne as well as the English lends an inevitability to history already known.
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The entire series is an excellent read, and the author is more historically accurate than most of the historical fiction genre. One person found this helpful. First, I read Maurice Druon's epic in French a long, long, time ago. Won't say how long. I have also watched both French TV versions.
This is French History put in a novel form. Maurice Druon very much stays with the facts and this may make for a slower book than most people want in an historical fiction.
I love it.
I said "Finally" because the only english versions of these books that are currently on sale are usually very old and very expensive. I have my French set that I can read but it is really nice to be able to sit with my Kindle and enjoy these books.
Also, my husband is very excited since he does not read French and has wanted to read these books. I hope the next books become available soon. I hope we don't have to wait a year between books. I just wish they had made all the books available as one large Kindle book. If you like fact based historical fiction you will enjoy these books. So much is written about English history, especially the Tudors, that you may enjoy reading about a new part of history.
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Verifizierter Kauf. The Accursed Kings series has been a delight, with some installments more delightful than others. Others vary from mediocre to very good. Sadly, Maurice Druon's series about the Capetian and Valois dynasties ends with a whimper rather than a bang.
The King Without a Kingdom, the final installment told to us by Helie, Cardinal of Tallyerand-Perigord is distinctive in many ways from previous books, and not all those distinctions are good. Oddly, the story is narrated as a conversation between His Eminence and a nephew as they travel together in a palanquin to the city of Metz. It is an odd construct, essentially a one-sided narration that allows for musing and self-serving observation, but very little action and no dialogue.
In my last review of the 6th book I noted that with the departure of Robert of Artois and the archvillainess Mahaut the wind seems to have gone out of Druon's sails. He wasn't good for much except impoverishing France and losing huge swathes of his kingdom to England's Black Prince.
The better installments in the series show the arrogance, rapacity and ambition of the French nobility as they scheme, connive and plot their way to the throne or to be aforce behind it.
Druon made the 14th century come alive with royal princesses who dared to have affairs, a countess so bold as to poison an heir on his christening day and a nobleman ready to forge wills to have their way. There is none of this drama or flair in The King Without. Indeed, John The Good is so very bad a monarch one wonders who is more stupid: Lousy Druon is still much better than many writers out there today and his books are filled with interesting facts about the time.
I quite like the portrayal of the cardinal--smug but competent; arrogant but wily. His enemies underestimate him at there peril.
Unfortunately, he is not enough to carry the whole tale and I yearned to get out of Helie's palanquin and stretch my legs.
I had greatly enjoyed the previous six books in this series and looked forward to wrapping it up with this volume. Unfortunately, within a few pages I realized that this book was nothing like the rest of the series and in fact has almost nothing in common with it. How is it different? In this monologue, he retells history from his perspective but also has one-sided conversations with fellow travelers "would you care for a sugared almond, Archambaud?
In the little coffer by your side. Well, pass me one would you? No other character's voice is heard.
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