The Iron King

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HarperCollins, 2013 - Fiction - 340 pages
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'This is the original game of thrones' George R.R. Martin

From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin's epic work.

"Accursed! Accursed! You shall be accursed to the thirteenth generation!"

The Iron King - Philip the Fair - is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblinking as a statue. He governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: his sons are weak and their wives adulterous; while 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. Bent on the persecution of the rich and powerful Knights Templar, Philip sentences Grand Master Jacques Molay to be burned at the stake, thus drawing down upon himself a curse that will destroy his entire dynasty...

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User Review  - Joanne53 - LibraryThing

The series of books that George RR Martain used as his inspiration for Game Of Thrones. Written in 1956, it is the story of the French King Philip Capet, or the Fair,with his impossibly inadequate ... Read full review

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User Review  - viking2917 - LibraryThing

George R. R. Martin called this "the original game of thrones", and that's apt. Interesting to read the beginnings of the 100 years war from the French perspective, rather than the English one, as I usually do. Read full review

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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 L gion d'Honneur. He was also a member of the Acad mie fran aise 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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