No woman shall succeed in Salique land. Louis X is dead, poisoned, murdered, by the hand of Mahaut d'Artois. Her plan is simple - to clear the path to the throne for her son-in-law, Philippe. However, there is the small matter of Queen Clemence and her unborn child. As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. However, how far is he willing to go to clear his path to the throne and become King in his own right?
©1957 Maurice Druon (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"This is the original Game of Thrones." (George R. R. Martin)
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"Great stories, acceptable narration"
Love the intrigue and conniving in these stories and maybe even a little bit of history? The narration is energetic but I feel every character was a stereotype, all the women sounded like whining hags, and sometimes the voices got confused. Still worth the listen
"Mahaut Continues To Be A Likeable Human Being."
Power. Temptation. Ham.
(The last of these being generously served up by the Artois duo, in their never-ending battle over that damned county.)
Off the top of my head, the previous three books of the series.
After that, and probably to the surprise of no one, George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire. There are several differences however. I think the two biggest ones are that the characters here are less realized and that the universe is more chaotic, as Druon had to work around real events.
Philippe The Tall. These books have several arcs going at the same time, but Philippe's increasingly hard choices is the main story of The Accursed Kings 4. Personally I found him the most sympathetic non-victim character in the book (either him or de Bouville). He lacks the petty self-absorption of most of the other characters, while still having kept his brains.
Next is Robert of Artois, for entertainment value.
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