And so things go from bad to worse. You shall be accursed to the thirteenth generation! Rumblings of woe are felt in every corner of the kingdom. Lo que nos cuenta. So how might instructors assign such books, not in literature courses but in history courses, where methods for describing real worlds, however long past, with their structures institutions, laws, religion, customs, etc. May 01, Ben rated it liked it Shelves: Al suo fianco ci sono tutti i suoi consiglieri, in particolare il guardasigilli Nogaret e il suo braccio destro Marigny. The women characters are rather two dimensional in some ways, and the bad princesses are depicted as the stereotypical bad princesses for the most part.

Kingdoms were often handed over to adolescents, whose absolute power fasinated them as might a game. The level of historic detail is astounding, and Druon masterfully brings his characters to life. Set during the reigns of the last five kings of the Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the House of Valois , the series begins as the French King Philip the Fair , already surrounded by scandal and intrigue, brings a curse upon his family when he persecutes the Knights Templar. Being American born and raised, I do believe that if these accounts are found to be true and accurate, this should be mandatory reading for World History and English Literature classes in high school. American author George R. Perhaps the best one is The Iron King. I think it does a wonderful job setting the stage and introducing the reader to France at the beginning of the 14th century. Few figures in literature are as terrible as the Countess Mahaut, murderer and maker of kings.

He desires this because Mahaut received lands as a dowry for marrying into the royal family, and he wishes to regai the lands of Burgundy and everything that his family had lost. I simply could not reconcile the quite frankly dull and lifeless tale I found with the glowing reviews it had garnered ….

Book Review: The Iron King, by Maurice Druon –

Trivia About El rey de hierro Charles of Valois now leads the ineffectual king by the nose. Set during the reigns of the last five kings of the Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the Synopxis of Valoisthe series begins as the French King Philip the Fairalready surrounded by scandal and intrigue, brings a curse upon his family when he persecutes the Knights Templar. But they weren’t particularly well-rounded in The Iron King, either.


Perhaps because this is the second in the series, and characters are already established, there was far less of that. You must provide copyright attribution in the edit summary accompanying your translation by providing an interlanguage link to the source of your translation.

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Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: I did find that this was marred somewhat by the factual asides that dotted the text though; I thought that these detracted from the story at times. Solo che, per una volta, ci allontaniamo dal fantasy per dedicarci al romanzo storico. The Times of Israel. He governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: The daughter and wife of kings, Isabella does not want to give the order to have the elder Edward killed, but a jealous and petulant Mortimer forces her hand, and his minions brutally murder the imprisoned and humiliated former king, following Hugh Despenser’s trial and most cruel execution.

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The French, with no direct Capetian male to succeed, nonetheless reject Isabella and Edward and choose instead a collateral candidate, Philip, son of Charles of Valois, the wicked uncle, now deceased The King Without a Syno;sis. Want to Read saving…. The storyline and writing style gets 5 stars Apart from that little glitch, I must say that I’m quite impressed with the covers I’ve seen for this series. All history books should be written like this. Les Rois maudits The Accursed Kings was one of the few works of contemporary western literature to be published in Russian in the Soviet Union in the s.


However, I did not find the “novel” to quite be The review applies only to the first book – The Iron King, since Goodreads doesn’t list it individually.

The translation yhe not very good. As Philippe secures his support and accedes the throne, the Bouvilles coerce a devastated Marie to raise Jean as her own and—as a means to keep the secret—never see Guccio again.

Published January 8th by Harper Voyager first published But the I read this interesting and beautifully written trilogy about the early 14th. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A boon for novelists who need not demur.

The one exception was Robert of Artois, who was so cheerfully open about his ambition and his desire to get the best deal for himself out of any situation. For once the publishers have decided not to go for the usual historical-fiction motif of the headless-woman-in-medieval-costume-standing-by-a-window-in-the-act-of-turning.

It truly brings history alive and illustrates the inherent flaw in all hereditary monarchies. Treachery, Adultery, and Murd I really enjoyed this book.

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Kijg being of a respectable thickness, much of the book feels like little more than the groundwork for the later series until the final chapters, when Druon abruptly decides that things are going to start happening. Decent novel that shines a believable light on a relatively obscure corner of history. Wish I could have read it in the original French though.