The Iron King : The Accursed Kings

  • by Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • Series: The Accursed Kings
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Interesting but...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those interested in historical fiction and know/understand French.


If you’ve listened to books by Maurice Druon before, how does this one compare?

This is the first I've tried. I was curious because of an article on the BBC website that hinted that this series was an inspiration for the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) series.


Any additional comments?

I understand the book was originally written in French. However, the English version did not have some French phrases translated so there were a lot of things that you miss out on if you don't understand French.

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- c "jem777bfp"

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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- SydSavvy "The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-31-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited