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The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maurice Druon
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'Iron kings and strangled queens, battles and betrayals, lies and lust, the curse of the Templars, the doom of a great dynasty - and all of it (well, most of it) straight from the pages of history, and believe me, the Starks and the Lannisters have nothing on the Capets and Plantagenets. Whether you are a history buff or a fantasy fan, Druon's epic will keep you turning pages. This was the original game of thrones' George R.R. Martin 'Blood-curdling tale of intrigue, murder, corruption and sexual passion' The Sunday Times 'Dramatic and colourful as a Dumas romance but stiffened by historical accuracy and political insight' The Sunday Times 'Barbaric, sensual, teeming with life, based in wide reading and sound scholarship...among the best historical novels' The Times Literary Supplement


‘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. Martin’s epic work.

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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1531 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 369 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0007491255
  • Verlag: HarperCollins (3. Januar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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Ein super spannendes, lebendig erzähltes Buch, das für mich die Geschichte des mittelalterlichen Königreiches von Philip le Bel zu einer absolut fesselnden Lektüre gemacht hat. Ich werde in jedem Fall die Folgebände lesen!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 23. Juli 2013
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I chose this book because I had just finished reading George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, and the author himself recommended this series. The book was exciting as well as excellently written. Good for anyone who's interested in history and intrigue.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice 6. Mai 2013
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History is the best adventourous book ever written! This is not The game of thrones, it's better! More or less, these things really happened!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best historical novels ever written. 25. Oktober 2002
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This is the first (and probably, the best) in Druon's excellent series, Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings), dealing with the demise of the Kapetian dynasty and the beginning of the 100-year War. The legend has it that after King Philippe the Fair (Philippe Le Beau) disbanded (and destroyed) the Order of the Templars, their Master, Jacques Molais, cursed Philippe and his seed as he was burned at the stake. At the time of the curse, Philippe was in great health and had three grown sons. Less than a quarter of a century later, the Kapetians ceded the throne to their cousins Valois--for the lack of male issue to take up the throne and the inability of female issue to do so (prior to Philippe's death, a woman could techincally rule France). What happened? That is precisely the subject of Les Rois Maudits--and the first book deals with the family from the last months of Philippe's reign and until the ascention of his oldest son, Louis X.
I read this book in one day. I was awed by the characters, particularly Philippe and his gorgeous daughter Isabelle, Queen of England (remember Braveheart--the pretty French princess?), and of course, Robert D'Artois and his evil cousin Magot. The only problem with it is that it definitely leaves you hanging in the end, simply making you go and read the second book--the Prisoner of Chateau Gayard.
I would highly recommend it--it is gripping, well-written, historically accurate.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen the iron king 26. März 2013
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"The Iron King" by Maurice Druon follows the intrigues, passions, murders, and backstabbing within the French dynasty in the 1300s. It was originally published in French in the 1950s, and is the first book in the Accursed Kings series (there are seven in all, and they follow the story of the dynasty after it's--you guessed it, cursed--in the first book, by the unfairly executed Grand Master Jacques de Molay).

I like historical fiction novels, and Druon's series was very popular when it was initially published. Though I've heard of it, it was my first time actually reading it. The title of the book, "The Iron King" refers to Philip IV (Philip the Fair), the King of France who has a fiery temper. After he is unable to overtake Jacques de Molay's Order of the Knights of Templar organization, the King gets his vengeance by sentencing Jacques and the rest of the senior participants of this organization to a lengthy jail sentence, and ultimately to burn at the stake. Jacques, whose organization was dismantled and life ruined, vows revenge. He curses the people who did this to him--the King of France (the Iron King), the Pope, and the King's Minister Guillame de Nogaret. As the story starts unfolding further, the curse begins to work--and, reminiscent to Agatha Christies "And then there were none," -the recipients of the curse start to die one by one.

Meanwhile, the Iron King's sons--Louis, King of Navarre and Charles, are being cuckolded by their cheating wives--Marguerite and Blanche. Worst of all, the cheating scandal is revealed to Isabella, the Iron King's daughter and sister to the cuckolded husbands. The informer, Robert III of Artois, seeks to fulfill his own agenda after losing a long battle over inheritance with the mother and aunt of the unfaithful wives, Mahaut, who also happens to be Robert's own aunt. If her daughters and niece lose favor with the Iron King, Mahaut's power will substantially weaken and Robert might be able to wrench away the inheritance.

Even though Isabella is married to a homosexual husband, the King of England Edward II and scarcely happy in her private life herself, she seeks Robert's help in getting evidence of their affairs and providing it to the King of France, her father. If the scandal gets revealed, then both the lives of the unfaithful wives and those of their lovers, the Aunay brothers, Gautier and Philippe, will be in danger.

Not everything gets wrapped up neatly (this is a series after all), and as the book ends, France's kingdom is left in turmoil. Though the writing style isn't easy on the eyes, the interesting storyline more than makes up for it. Looking forward to reading the second book, which will hopefully come out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen These books bring medieval France to life 2. Oktober 1999
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This series is the best historical fiction I've ever read. As a student in Lyon, France, I lived in a garret in a house at the bottom of the hill of the Fourviere, the Cathedral. Many a time I gazed at the Cathedral, illuminated by spotlights at night, and was transported back to the tumultuous events described by Druon.
A must read, an absolute winner!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It is a vivid and brilliantly written historical novel. 2. Juli 1998
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If you are looking for a book that would be rewarding to read in the original French, you could not do better than "Le Roi de Fer," first in a 7-volume sequence, "Les Rois Maudits," or "The Accursed Kings." Read it in translation if necessary. Philip the Fair, no pretty boy but a strong monarch, stamps out the Knights Templars and is cursed by DeMolay (their chief) when he burns him at the stake. The curse seems to be working, as poisoning, strangling, the forced election of a Pope, and the beginnings of the Hundred Years' War are described in one dramatic scene after another. Sex is handled far more adroitly than in most historical novels; Nevin's "1812" seems almost crude by comparison. We get the flavor of fourteenth-century life, but subtly, not forced down our throats. Continuity is achieved when characters reappear after absence. They make difficult decisions, with ironic consequences.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sex and history! 10. Februar 2008
Von Eric Barelka - Veröffentlicht auf
Maurice Druon is a member of the Academie Francais and a former Minister of Cultural Affairs. The Iron King is the first of his series of seven novels about the French dynastic struggles that led to the Hundred Years War, collectively known as "The Accursed Kings".

Druon's writing is translated to English, and thus may be influenced a great deal (albeit unintentionally) by the translator. With that caveat, the writing is direct and accessible, with forceful imagery and action. Druon takes great care to keep the various characters easily distinguishable to his readers, and thus avoids the confusion of too many similiar names or titles.

The Iron King is Phillip IV, "The Fair" (as in "handsome") who is the French king responsible for the dissolution of the Templar order. There are further plot highlights, all equally compelling, but the story is easy to follow and the information is fundamental to the subsequent books of the series. Based solidly in fact, these novels are an excellent example of how historical fiction at its best can be an extraordinary genre.
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