The Iron King

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2013 - Fiction - 340 pages
168 Reviews

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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Punctuated by mesmerizing prose and taut suspense. - Goodreads
The writing was turgid and plodding. - Goodreads
A very fast read, gripping plot. - Goodreads
Plot twists, scheming and lots of sex. - Goodreads
This was a decent introduction for me. - Goodreads
Nephews plot against aunts and vice versa. - Goodreads

Review: The Iron King (Les Rois Maudits #1)

User Review  - Guy - Goodreads

I can see where George RR Martin got his inspiration from! The plot is simpler and much fewer characters but still a great read, especially as it is based upon real history. I am tempted to read the series though I believe the last book has not been translated from French yet. Read full review

Review: The Iron King (Les Rois Maudits #1)

User Review  - Carmen - Goodreads

King Phillipe the fair is the "iron king". So identified because of his ruthlessness and cruelty. He battles with the Templars and crushes them. In the process he is cursed to the 13th generation. The ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

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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