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The Iron King

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THE IRON KING by Maurice Druon | Kirkus Reviews

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse. The Age of Genius explores the eventful intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell, in all its richness and depth, the story of the 17th century in Europe.

It was a time of creativity unparalleled in history before or since, from science to the arts, from philosophy to politics.

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Acclaimed philosopher and historian A. Grayling points to three primary factors that led to the rise of vernacular popular languages in philosophy, theology, science, and literature. The thrilling first instalment in the Wars of the Roses series - set at the beginnings of this turbulent period of English history which saw the throne change hands six times in 30 years.

The Swan sees Henry VI crowned King of England, and married to the young French noblewoman, Margaret of Anjou - and so begins the extraordinary story of how England became a divided nation, where brother took up arms against brother. This was the war which defined the England we know today. England, For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy - dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or join the king's invasion. As he fights his way across Northern France, Blackstone learns the brutal lessons of war.

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It is a battle that will change the history of warfare. 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. This was good - historical fiction like it used to be. I read it because George Martin recommended it as "the original Iron throne. 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. 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. 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. Great story. Very interesting. Like the game of thrones, this has many unexpected turns. Trust no one!

Performance is one of the best I've ever heard.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iron King? Then there's Philip and the deer, Philip and Nogaret's papers, Philip on his deathbed, and also quite a few scenes that don't involve Philip. Almost any death scene is memorable. All of it. How he narrates the text, delivers the dialogue, voices the characters Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Oh, yes.

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Midway through writing this review, I opened a second window and bought The Strangled Queen. Although I can't point to any one aspect of this book as being brilliant, everything here is solid, even above-average. It's a good novel and, combined with a first-class reading, is well-worth what I paid for it. What made the experience of listening to The Iron King the most enjoyable? The feeling of reality in the plot, because it is partly based on historical event and also because the characters act the way real people would.

When the adulterers are confronted with the evidence by the king, it came slowly but it was pretty intense. Tone, emotion, diversity from the way he alters his voice alone I could tell which character he was voicing. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? I was truly sad for the princesses and truly angry at the king for the treatment of the Templars… what he suffered at the end, he absolutely had it coming. This is a series I have to finish… my type of adventure. I read these books when I was younger, and I honestly was surprised to find them on here after many years not being released or being out of print these books were always hard to find in English.

Having listened to them now, I also have a whole new perspective of the Game of Throne books another favorite , while these are very different genre the similarities between middle ages Europe and Westeros are amazing. The performance is solid four stars, the only person I can think would sound better is Roy Dotrice. This Series focuses on the events leading up to the year was and the end of Capetian dynasty of France. For most people that's not exciting I suppose, but if you need a fix for Westeros while George is taking his time, this can be a touch of methadone minus dragons and elaborate banner descriptions.

Additional value of this genre it actually opens you up to experience history through actions and character traits of real historical personages, even if embellished for fiction. This particular book shows the France at a time when the feudal system was being dismantles for the sake nation states.

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When visionary kings began to centralize their authority from the feudal lords and consolidate it by relying on commerce and rising middle classes. Maurice Druon wasn't just a historian and writer but also a member of the French government and I think he brings much of his own perspective on power and role of personalities and motivations in the events that change the course of countries. The seven titles in the Accursed Kings are all wonderfully written and are entirely accessible for those whose knowledge of medieval French history is limited like me.

I've read the series in paperback a couple of times and now time constraints are causing me to revisit the series via Audible. Peter Joyce is a good reader overall, but his raspy attempts at an Italian accent for Spinello Tolomei and Guccio Baglioni falls flat and often sounds more slavic or Balkan than Italian. I nitpick. That aside, the performance is good and the plot lines in all the novels definitely proves that truth is stranger than fiction.

Buckle up and expect twists, turns and awful deeds. I did a lot of referring to Wikipedia. Nearly all the characters in the books are real and so to get a Wiki-thumbnail portrait is very helpful. Has a feeling of authenticity. I will be listening to the next one of the series for sure. I first read this series in my teens and enjoyed it tremendously.


Excellent historical adventure, well written and well told. Very enjoyable. Really enjoyed this book the narration was very good and I look forward to the next in the series. What disappointed you about The Iron King? I have been a Audible customer for a number of years and to be fair this is the first book that I have purchased that I have not liked.

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