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  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007491336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007491339
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,019 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

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2014
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This is the real translation of the original title in French although the last couple of words have been dropped from the English version, perhaps because other English authors have picked the English title for their own novels. This book is the fifth instalment of The Accursed Kings. It comes straight after the Royal Succession (also somewhat mistranslated in English) which say the second son of Philip IV the Fair create a law of succession that prevented the crown to be inherited through the female line. This volume, which begins with Roger Mortimer’s escape from the Tower of London on 1 August 1323, focuses also Isabelle, the beautiful, very intelligent, tough daughter of the King of France (Philip the Fair) and wife of Edward II of England. The whole book is dominated by the story of their exile to France, their struggle against King Edward and his Despencer favourites and their ultimate vengeance in 1327.

Maurice Druon once again displays his vast talent in “sticking” as close to the historical truth as possible while making his characters come to life. The love affair between the persecuted and lonely Queen and the righteous, resentful and vengeful warlord (Roger Mortimer) was simply a piece of romance which was too good to pass over. The author has chosen to depict them as madly in love with each other and to show how this love tended to sour over time once Edward II had been overthrown, with Mortimer’s jealousy getting the better of him. He insists upon their contradictions, showing how their high and lofty principles give way to their passion and needs, with both of them betraying their vows.

Once again, Maurice Druon has put his own spin on his characters’ intention. The two did become lovers but the alliance between them was also eminently political.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean Mcknight on 13 Sept. 2014
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I am so pleased the English language version has been published again. This was a very nice looking volume and it arrived in pristine condition. I thought for a well put together hard back the price was excellent. The comparison to Game of Thrones is irritating as a although Game of Thrones is great fantasy Druon's accursed Kings is outstanding historical fiction and they are actually vert different types of series.
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By Dave jones on 25 July 2015
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After the Iron King sets the scene and introduces the main characters She Wolf moves the plot along at a pace which allows you to follow the unravelling plot. The first 6 books are excellent, however, the final 7th book appears to have been written by a different author and I wish I had spared myself the boredom of The King without a Kingdom
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nightowl on 4 Jun. 2014
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After the first four books which were thoroughly engrossing and very enjoyable, I have struggled with this one. I put it to one side after reading less that half of it but did go back and finish it more for the sake of completeness really. This has come as a bit of a disappointment after a brilliant start to the series.
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By Fulvus Aper on 31 May 2014
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In this, fifth, book of The Accursed Kings Maurice Druon moves his focus across the Channel to England under Edward II. As ever he keeps faith with history and succeeds in telling a familiar tale with exemplary humanity and integrity.
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Maurice Druon's Accursed Kings is fantastic.

I can't wait until the next one in the series is published - 'The Lily and the Lion.
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An excellent combination of English and French history in very turbulent times. Remarkable how the history of that time provides such compelling romance,intrigue and treachery. All the stuff of great story telling but from our true history. You couldn't make it up!
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I fully enjoy Druon's Epic novels of 13thC France and its rulers. I am eagerly awaiting the English translations of the last two novels in the series.
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