The Accursed Kings
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  • 1
    The Iron King: The Accursed Kings, Book 1 | Maurice Druon

    The Iron King: The Accursed Kings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Historical Goodie

    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 disap..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 03 2013 by SydSavvy (PARIS, TX, United States)
  • 2
    The Strangled Queen: The Accursed Kings 2 | Maurice Druon

    The Strangled Queen: The Accursed Kings 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the royal house of France.Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither heir nor wife.The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the Iron King continues to afflict his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues at the hands of fate.

    More Of The Same, But The Same Is Good

    That everything that was solid in The Iron King continued to be solid here. It has the same tone, characterization, prose style, etc. Going from that ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 23 2016 by Joshua (United States)
  • 3
    The Poisoned Crown: The Accursed Kings, Book 3 | Maurice Druon

    The Poisoned Crown: The Accursed Kings, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The puny, self-impotent Louis X, having caused his first wife to be murdered and his mistress exiled, becomes besotted with the lovely Clemence, his new Queen. Vacillating between self-pity and vainglory he is caught between the vaulting ambitions of proud, profligate barons….

    Carry On, You Wayward Son.

    As with The Strangled Queen, the measure of how much you'll like this book is how much you liked the first book. The writing is still good, the acting..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 30 2016 by Joshua (United States)
  • 4
    The Royal Succession: The Accursed Kings, Book 4 | Maurice Druon

    The Royal Succession: The Accursed Kings, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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?

    Great stories, acceptable narration

    Love the intrigue and conniving in these stories and maybe even a little bit of history? The narration is energetic but I feel every character was a s..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 18 2016 by Lauren Smalarz ()
  • 5
    The She-Wolf: The Accursed Kings, Book 5 | Maurice Druon

    The She-Wolf: The Accursed Kings, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Charles IV is now king of France and his sister is Edward II of England’s Queen. Having been imprisoned by Edward as leader of the rebellious English barons, Roger Mortimer escapes to France, where he joins the war against the English Aquitaine. But it is his love affair with Isabella, the ‘She-Wolf of France’, who has come seemingly to negotiate a treaty of peace that seals his fate…

    And Now, For Something Different - England!

    Yes, but only if I'm marathoning the other books in the series. The Accursed Kings is great, but there is a certain undifferentiated quality from boo..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 13 2016 by Joshua (United States)
  • 6
    The Lily and the Lion: The Accursed Kings, Book 6 | Maurice Druon

    The Lily and the Lion: The Accursed Kings, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    The royal house of France has fallen. Charles IV is dead, fulfilling the curse of the Templars once and for all. This leaves the path to the throne open for Robert of Artois to place his cousin, Philippe of Valois, upon it. Having committed fraud, perjury and murder in the name of the new king, Robert expects to receive a title and his full reward. But the days of betrayal are far from over and Robert is banished to England.

    All Good Things...

    Despite being the sixth book of seven, The Lily and The Lion is the true conclusion to the series. The ending was perfect- perfect for the series and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 29 2016 by Joshua (United States)
  • 7
    The King Without a Kingdom (The Accursed Kings, Book 7) | Maurice Druon

    The King Without a Kingdom (The Accursed Kings, Book 7)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maurice Druon
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    ‘This was the original GAME OF THRONES' George R.R. Martin' Available for the first time in English, THE KING WITHOUT A KINGDOM is the seventh and final volume of The Accursed Kings series. The reign of the Capetian kings has ended and John II, ‘The Good', second of the Valois dynasty, has taken the throne. Under his leadership the Hundred Years War, one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in history, escalates and England and France begin to tear each other apart.

    Story's End, Twenty Years After Story's End

    This book can be summarized in one word: unnecessary.

    The story of The Accursed Kings spans six books. The first was published in 1955, and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 07 2016 by Joshua (United States)