The Poisoned Crown : The Accursed Kings

  • by Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by Peter Joyce
  • Series: The Accursed Kings
  • 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The puny, self-impotent Louis X, having caused his first wife to be murdered and his mistress exiled, becomes besotted with the lovely Clemence, his new Queen. Vacillating between self-pity and vainglory he is caught between the vaulting ambitions of proud, profligate barons….


What the Critics Say

"This is the original Game of Thrones." (George R. R. Martin)


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Customer Reviews

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Carry On, You Wayward Son.

As with The Strangled Queen, the measure of how much you'll like this book is how much you liked the first book. The writing is still good, the acting is still good, Louis still sucks...

Really, he manages to be both bloodthirsty and a cream puff, impulsive and a ditherer. Peter Joyce does a really good job with this spluttering rant he gives at one point in the book. To his credit he gets a little better throughout the book, mostly due to Clemence of Hungary AKA one of the few actual nice people in France.

Favorite nugget of cynical wisdom: "It is one of the advantages of mediocrity that people frequently decide unanimously upon your name."
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- Joshua

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited