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The Royal Succession (The Accursed Kings, Book 4) [Hardcover]

Maurice Druon
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2 Jan 2014 The Accursed Kings (Book 4)

“This is the original Game of Thrones.” George R.R. Martin.

'No woman shall succeed in Salique land'

Louis X is dead, poisoned, murdered, by the hand of Mahaut d’Artois. Her plan is simple – to clear the path to the throne for her son-in-law Philippe. However, there is the small matter of Queen Clemence and her unborn child.

As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. However, how far is he willing to go to clear his path to the throne and become King in his own right?

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000749131X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007491315
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Maurice Druon was a French resistance hero, a Knight of the British Empire and a holder of the Grand Croix de la Légion d'Honneur. He was also a member of the Académie française and a celebrated novelist, best known for his series of seven historical novels under the title of The Accursed Kings, which were twice adapted for television. A passionate Anglophile, he was a great expert on all things English, including its medieval history, which provides great inspiration for the series. His many and diverse fans include George RR Martin, Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another riveting read 5 Jan 2014
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This is another fine addition to The Accursed Kings series, picking up immediately where The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings, Book 3) left off. The pace is a little slower than previous books focusing entirely on the political machinations surrounding the empty throne of France. Competing alliances are formed, murders are committed, plot threads that have been winding through the series so far take ingenious twists or are suddenly and surprisingly cut short. Truly (a translation of!) masterful writing.

Throughout, as in the previous novels, Druon excels at tragic interjections, a knowing narrator of a history long gone whose tale travels further into hell. Seemingly-minor characters are weaved into history until you're not sure who was real and who was not. Utterly gripping stuff.

Of course, if you've read the previous three, you don't need me to tell you this. You know this isn't standard pot-boiler fare. You've probably already read it, in which case I congratulate you on your excellent choice in reading material. If, by some bizarre circumstance, you haven't read the previous three novels, go read The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1).

Be aware of course that there are still three unpublished novels in this re-release of the series. The publisher's schedule is as follows:

She-Wolf - 10/04/14
The Lily & the Lion - 25/09/14
King Without a Kingdom - 8/01/15
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but less Historical 21 July 2014
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At the end of the third book in “The Accursed Kings” series, Louis X had been poisoned after a short but disastrous reign of eighteen months, leaving his pregnant second wife Clémence and Jeanne, the five-year-old daughter of the first wife he had had killed, who Louis believed was not his child.

At the start of “The Royal Succession” Louis’ brother and uncle manoeuvre to be regent in what is bound to be a long regency, whichever child succeeds. The brother, Philippe Count of Poitiers, seems to be disadvantaged as he is away from Paris in Lyons, trying to persuade, buy or force a group of unwilling Cardinals to elect a new pope. However, by supporting the Cardinal who is later elected, he gains a valuable ally. On his return to Paris, Philippe becomes regent.

Clémence then gives birth to Louis’ posthumous son, king as Jean I from the day of his birth but sickly. However, Mahaut, Countess of Artois, who poisoned Louis, also plans to kill Jean so that her son-in-law, Philippe of Poitiers can gain power. Mahaut’s is suspect, and one of the guardians of the infant king Jean arranges to switch him for another baby, who is poisoned in his place

Although Philippe had no part in the death of this child, after Jean’s apparent death he uses the doubts about the legitimacy of his niece Jeanne, her gender and extreme youth to exclude her from the royal succession. This involves creating the legal fiction of the Salic law which prohibits female succession to the throne. Phillipe is an interesting mixture of intelligence and ambition; his plan gains approval from most notables, except Jeanne’s relatives and Mahaut’s enemies, and he is crowned as Phillipe V. Mahaut, who Louis had excluded from Artois, is restored to her county.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jun 2014
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He writes well and knows his subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb series 21 May 2014
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A wonderful look at a histocial period from the French point of view, Superb novels and well translated into English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Succession 25 April 2014
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Fantastic as all Maurice Druon's books are. This is the best historical fiction ever - should be televised in English
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5.0 out of 5 stars the accursed kings 2 April 2014
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fabulous - can see why this series of books has inspired GRRM with his 'song of ice & fire' - would recommend anyone that likes medieval intrigue and backstabbing, whether or not it is fact or fictional, to buy this set - book 5 please.
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