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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1955 Maurice Druon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic Reviews

"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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By SydSavvy on 08-03-13

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 disappointed! It intrigued me and taught me some things, while making me feel like I was right there, exactly what I want from historical fiction. This story begins in the reign of Phillip the Fair, when he is killing off the last of the Templars; it is essentially the prequel to the War of Roses.

Good companion reading to Rutherford's new historical fictional exploration of Paris ("Paris"). There is a time period in that book very close to this one. Also, remember the beautiful Isabella, Queen of England in the movie Braveheart? She is Phillip's daughter and is featured in this.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-30-13

SO Happy the series is being worked on!

Any additional comments?

I am halfway through, and I just saw you added the second of the series. I am SO happy this is the case. My parents are huge fans of the books, but I don't have so much time to sit down to read them. If they weren't on audible, I'd be missing out completely, so THANK YOU to the makers of the audio version! and please don't stop until they are all done!!! <3!

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By Kelly on 06-04-15

Very enjoyable

Really enjoyed this book
the narration was very good and I look forward to the next in the series

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By DonnaHove on 06-23-14

Appaling narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I never felt compelled to write a review before but Peter Joyce's narration of this books is so awful that I think it needs to be highlighted. I simply could not enjoy the book at all due to his ponderous and pretentious narration.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself could have been quite entertaining, but the narration was far too distracting in it's awful pompousness for me to really enjoy the story at all.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Joyce?

Anybody at all would be better than he is! Take your pick!

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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