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.
©1955 Maurice Druon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"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 was good - historical fiction like it used to be. I read it because George Martin recommended it as "the original Iron throne." I was not disappointed! It intrigued me and taught me some things, while making me feel like I was right there, exactly what I want from historical fiction. This story begins in the reign of Phillip the Fair, when he is killing off the last of the Templars; it is essentially the prequel to the War of Roses.
Good companion reading to Rutherford's new historical fictional exploration of Paris ("Paris"). There is a time period in that book very close to this one. Also, remember the beautiful Isabella, Queen of England in the movie Braveheart? She is Phillip's daughter and is featured in this.
Those interested in historical fiction and know/understand French.
This is the first I've tried. I was curious because of an article on the BBC website that hinted that this series was an inspiration for the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) series.
I understand the book was originally written in French. However, the English version did not have some French phrases translated so there were a lot of things that you miss out on if you don't understand French.
I am halfway through, and I just saw you added the second of the series. I am SO happy this is the case. My parents are huge fans of the books, but I don't have so much time to sit down to read them. If they weren't on audible, I'd be missing out completely, so THANK YOU to the makers of the audio version! and please don't stop until they are all done!!! <3!
I couldn't get into it. The language is terrible. This work was translated by a native French speaker with high test scores in conversational English. A street vendor in Paris would sell crepes, not pancakes. Even if I could let the pancakes slide, neither pancake nor crepe is made with paste. Its batter people. Its batter.
They should have given this work to a native speaker of English for the American market, to translate it into a work that flows with a story- teller voice . This doesn't have any kind of voice. Its bad.
More story... less dialogue
It just did not seem to go anywhere..
It needed a much stronger story.
I never felt compelled to write a review before but Peter Joyce's narration of this books is so awful that I think it needs to be highlighted. I simply could not enjoy the book at all due to his ponderous and pretentious narration.
The story itself could have been quite entertaining, but the narration was far too distracting in it's awful pompousness for me to really enjoy the story at all.
Anybody at all would be better than he is! Take your pick!
"The worst narration I have ever heard on audible"
I have been a Audible customer for a number of years and to be fair this is the first book that I have purchased that I have not liked.
I only managed to get 40 minutes into the book before the narration was irritating me so much that I had to turn it off and start on another book instead.
Peter Joyce's reading of the book is stilted with overly long pauses (of up to a second) in places that should be flowing
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