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The Poisoned Crown

The Accursed Kings, Book 3
Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Series: The Accursed Kings, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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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….

©1956 Maurice Druon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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like it

loved it. can't wait to start new chapter.
and here comes 20 words. i can't write such a long reviews.

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  • Joshua
  • 30-03-16

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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  • Rose
  • 23-04-19

I really enjoy this series

I am obsessed with Tudor/ War of The Roses history, but I never knew France had so much shinagnz too until I started these books. I'm less familiar with this part of French History as am with England but from what I have looked up some of these events did happen. I'm currently on The Poisoned Crown. I'm really enjoying it, particularly the uncle/nephew banker relationship. IN the first book you get the impression that his uncle is just using him for business ends, but suddenly here in the third book he is helping his nephew follow his heart, and also giving him some sense to not completely think with his penis. I having been mostly raised by an uncle and in my adult life him being my roommate, well it has always made me a sucker for those relationships.
Also I have no idea how historically accurate the part about the french queen having a friend ship with the Kings former mistress is, and I 100% know this is judged with the eye of someone living in 2019, but it always bugs in Feudal systym type stories, the nobel women NEVER want the bastards around. There are maybe 2 exceptions I can think of in books (I think they were by Phillepa Greggory) but the bastards were just serving the main family for the most part, but still a step up. But this queen, out of charity of her heart, wanted to see the child and saw no reason why she shouldn't be around. It doesn't seem like that will be possible because of how the king is but god it was refreshing and it seems like they will have a good friendship.
The way these are written also quite whitty and I enjoy the omniscient sort of point of view.

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  • peter
  • 31-03-19

Lots of Characters to Despise and Few to Like

But that's history I guess. That this is non-fictional detracts nothing from the intriguing and highly entertaining stories that intertwine throughout the 6 book narrative. Narrator excellent. Highly recommended.

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  • 01-01-19

Fascinating History of the French Kings of 1300s

The narrator has perfect pitch for the era and the story. He manages to give NUMEROUS characters distinct voices. Truth is often stranger than fiction and this series is a perfect example.