The Accursed Kings (1) - Iron King

by Maurice Druon

Harpercollins (uk) | March 18, 2013 | Trade Paperback |

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The Iron King by Maurice Druon is the story that inspired George R. R. Martin''s epic work, Game of Thrones, and is the first book in the acclaimed historical novel series The Accursed Kings.

In what George R.R. Martin calls, "The original Game of Thrones," The Iron King features Philip the Fair. While he governs his realm with an iron hand, he cannot rule his own family. His sons are weak and their wives adulterous, and his red-blooded daughter Isabella is unhappily married to an English king who prefers the company of men. A web of scandal, murder and intrigue is weaving itself around the Iron King, but his downfall will come from an unexpected quarter.

Druon, who died in 2009 at the age of 90, was not only a passionate Anglophile but also 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 which were twice adapted for television.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 356 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007491263

ISBN - 13: 9780007491261

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The Accursed Kings (1) - Iron King

by Maurice Druon

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 356 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007491263

ISBN - 13: 9780007491261

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The Iron King by Maurice Druon is the story that inspired George R. R. Martin''s epic work, Game of Thrones, and is the first book in the acclaimed historical novel series The Accursed Kings.

In what George R.R. Martin calls, "The original Game of Thrones," The Iron King features Philip the Fair. While he governs his realm with an iron hand, he cannot rule his own family. His sons are weak and their wives adulterous, and his red-blooded daughter Isabella is unhappily married to an English king who prefers the company of men. A web of scandal, murder and intrigue is weaving itself around the Iron King, but his downfall will come from an unexpected quarter.

Druon, who died in 2009 at the age of 90, was not only a passionate Anglophile but also 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 which were twice adapted for television.

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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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