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Characters Towards Intrigue And ConspiracyThis Might Be towards intrigue and conspiracyThis might be favorite book of the series after The Iron King because it puts some of my favorite characters at the forefront Philippe the Tall is by far Philippe the Fair s most competent son and the only One Of The Three of the three has natural leadership He is shrewed cool as a cucumber and actually thinks of the kingdom of France and not simply of his own satisfaction The dialogues that involve him are always sharp and delightful Featured proheminently in this tome is also the Cardinal Jacues Du ze an JAPAN 1/1M3. unorthodox contender for the role of Holy Father The two mennderstand each other very well and they will Secangkir Kopi Panas di Pilot Cafe use their keen minds to settle the conclave s struggle once and for all in a most interesting way Du ze s life is a fascinating story and the only thing I can fault this book with is not diging further into the background of this mostnusual man of the cloth And of course Philippe s machavellian mother in law Mahaut d Artois is The Trial of Lizzie Borden unleashed in this episode the lenghts to which she will go to see her daughter aseen of France are impressive and horrifying but I still loved every word of her story arc Still locked in a vicious conflict with her nephew Robert over the county of Artois she plots schemes and strikes Her lady in waiting B atrice is almost as scary as her with her secrets and witchcraft She drops hints of gruesome crimes into Mauhaut s willing ears and sets into motion terrible chains of eventGuccio and Marie s love story turns to tragedy in this episode and I never fail to feel a sharp stab of pain for the poor lovers who s connections with the mighty and powerful ruined their happiness Their story is not a simple romantic addition to the political arc of the book it is based on a real and intriguing story look for John I of France on Wikipedia if you are curious History can sometimes be even stranger than fictionAs you can imagine the historical details embedded in the narrative are impressive From the sort of food eaten to the remedies prescribed for various ailments and details of ceremonial clothing and social protocols Druon brings the reader back to a complicated era that we often romanticise or oversimplify Reading these books again it becomes increasingly obvious to me that Mr George RR Martin shamelessly ripped Druon off His stories of fantastical powerplays assassination and ruthlessness are very obviously inspired by The Accursed Kings and some characters of the Song of Ice and Fire series are clearly revampings of those found in Druon s work Oh well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery5 solid stars Now I m off to go find the 1972 TV series DVDs This book focuses on the accession of Phillip V of France who reigned in the early 14th century It s fourth in a series which I advise reading from the beginning it s worth itDruon s novels seem so different from recent historical fiction he s very present as an authorial voice telling the story to the reader and loves dropping in to provide psychological analysis of his characters decisions as well as the occasional bit of ironic information about their future Somehow though this doesn t detract from the sense of reality that these books have for me the characters seem real and immediate in their concerns even as the narrative voice reminds me that they re distant and strange The psychological analysis makes for very vivid characters and thus the personalities of the historical figures are ite strong in my mind which is going to be great fun when I read actual history of the era I have no idea what the prose in the original is like but I m pleased by Humphrey Hare s translation it s clear and readable and there are some great descriptive phrases I loved the content of this book that brings history in life in such a vivid way with wonderful descriptions of personalities of the historical characters and the dynamics of their relationships. Apoderarse de la regencia del reino libraron tres parientes del rey muerto su hermano el duue de Poitiers su tío el conde de Valois y su primo el duue de Borgoña El conde de Poitiers recurrira a la `ley de los varones` para justificar su derecho al trono adaptandola hábilmente a las circunstancia. ,
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Uthors wrote history like this people would love historyThe series does ask some dedication though While I have knowledge of French history each time I need to go study the family tree of these kings As soon as this book arrived I dropped everything else to read it It s the best one yet Louis is dead Clemence is pregnant and Philippe has a strategy to capture the crown will it work The ins and outs of this book the improvisation in the face of the nexpected the carefully crafted paperwork to guarantee the desired outcome you are on the edg The fourth volume of the Accursed Kings saga develops mixed in with a very entertaining plot another episode in the history of the end of the Capetian dynasty Upon the death of Louis X the first son of the Accursed King Philippe IV damned by the Grand Master of the Knights Templar the second brother also named Philippe gets hold of the Regency first and of the Crown second And thus this son became Philippe VDruon proposes an intrigue in which poison lies kidnaps etc move the threads His proposition is credible enough A second plot is the election of Pope Jean XXII the second of the Avignon Popes This had been another complex episode of the times The Papacy had been vacant for two years and again Druon proposes another credible Myself Among Others unfolding of eventsBut the main interest of this volume called after all The Law of the Males for me was the explanation if offers of how the Salic law came to be adopted by France to govern monarchical inheritance Druon thinks that this was another curse for French historyThe origins of this law as practiced from the Middle Ages onwards lie in a Frankish Civil Code from the time of the Salians 4th and 5th Centuries The complete Salian code governed many aspects but one of its elements was exhumed by the protagonist of this volume to designate himself Regent and Heir and KingWith this new reformulation of the law women were pushed aside from the line of royal inheritance Entirely Similar to this but not as severe is the Agnatic law in which the male is given priority over an older female but women are not entirely eliminated from the linePhilippe V became King because he succeeded in establishing this manipulated interpretation and after the death of the infant son of his older brother instead of the throne going to the infant s elder sister Jeanne of Britany he got himself crowned as the next male kin to the soon poisoned new bornDrone s description of the ostentatious crowning ceremony at Reims without forgetting to envelop it with riveting suspense is another highlight of this fourth volumeI look forward to the remaining three volumes of this highly entertaining and edifying seriesFascinating times those were This is my second or third time reading through The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Druon and I have to say I am always impressed by it It is by far my favorite historical fiction series Druon s skill with language and characterization makes events that happened over six hundred years ago sound fresh and fascinating It is also a intricate study on politics and how egos and personalities have influenced historyThe fourth installement of the series weirdly translated as The Royal Succession in English when the original title actually meant the law of males a reference to laws installed to prevent women from inheriting powerful positions opens at the death of Louis X Hisncle Charles de Valois and his brother Philippe de Poitiers both have their eye on the regency as Louis heir is still
In The Womb While Thisthe womb While this takes place in Paris a different power play is going on at the papal conclave where the French and Italian cardinals try to put their favorite on the throne of Avignon or bring the papacy back to Rome The focus of this book as the title suggests is to see who will be king after Louis His wife Cl mence was pregnant at the time of his passing but this was still no certainty of an heir since it was possible that her child was a girl in which case Marguerite de Bourgogne s daughter would have been Louis oldest living child But there had never been a situation where a woman was. Niña de cinco años sospechosa de bastardía hija del primer matrimonio de Luis X con Margarita de Borgoña Tambien puede ser destinada al hijo e espera la segunda esposa del rey fallecido Clemencia de Hungria Este cuarto volumen de la serie Los reyes malditos revive las luchas encarnizadas e para. ,