The Accursed Kings (1) - Iron King

by Maurice Druon

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

The Accursed Kings (1) - Iron King is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

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, 8 × 5.25 × 0.89 in

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007491263

ISBN - 13: 9780007491261

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed it you can tell it wasn't written in english first But still a great read. I am looking forward to the others
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killing two birds with one stone Maurice Druon's book is a real treat, combining real historical facts with the intricacies of juicy daily life in XIVth century in France and England. I am surprised that some people are upset because it is a real account of those times - extremely important for France, England, papacy - since this is a very entertaining way to get educated. Maurice Druon was a member of French Academy and his writing is as good as George RR Martin's, as dynamic and interesting. I read it long time ago, in the 80s, and now I purchased it for my son.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed This Read What a pleasure to pick up this book and enjoy it from page 1 to the very end. It was a page turner for those who like this type of writing. It was so well written and the excitement and intrigue of those times is clearly obvious. Though translated from French it was well written. It was a relaxing, enjoyable read. I cannot wait to read all the others.
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a bad start I started reading this because I love A Song of Ice and Fire and to pass the time waiting for the next instalment. It was different than I was expecting. This is historical fiction so the outcome is already known if you do a quick google search. But it is very well written even though it has been translated from French. The seventh and final volume has never been translated until now which will be released in a few years. For someone who knows this era of history I would skip it, if you don't, read it and see what you think.
Date published: 2013-08-20

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The Accursed Kings (1) - Iron King

by Maurice Druon

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 356 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.89 in

Published: March 18, 2013

Publisher: Harpercollins (uk)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0007491263

ISBN - 13: 9780007491261

From the Publisher

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