Charles IV is now king of France and his sister is Edward II of England’s Queen. Having been imprisoned by Edward as leader of the rebellious English barons, Roger Mortimer escapes to France, where he joins the war against the English Aquitaine. But it is his love affair with Isabella, the ‘She-Wolf of France’, who has come seemingly to negotiate a treaty of peace that seals his fate…
“This is the original Game of Thrones.” (George R.R. Martin)"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" 9The Sunday Times)"Barbaric, sensual, teeming with life, based in wide reading and sound scholarship… among the best historical novel" (The Times Literary Supplement)
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And Now, For Something Different - England!
Yes, but only if I'm marathoning the other books in the series. The Accursed Kings is great, but there is a certain undifferentiated quality from book to book.
If you liked books one through four, you'll probably like five. If not, you're probably didn't make it past two.
Any of Druon's trademark scenes where a doomed character is confronted with the futility of their misspent lives and the transience of power. There was also a clever moment where a less-than-nice order is given via the ambiguities of Latin.
It's continued quality. I'm very fond of the sense of impending doom that he imparts to the prose.
This book differs from the last on two points, it's focused on England instead of France, and it starts after a time skip from the book before it. The other various qualities that make up a book's flavor are the same.
English History from the French Perspective
For English history buffs (especially those who read T.B Costain's Plantagenet Series) this is an especially interesting book. While continuing the saga of the Capetian kings starting with Phillip the Fair, this book focuses on Isabella, his daughter who was wed to Edward II of England and the story of her love affair with Roger de Mortimer.
If you are familiar with the English view of Isabella, the She Wolf of France, then you must read this book as it gives another possible explanation for her many controversial decisions and actions.
Yes. He is always very good.
- Michael "Mike in TN"