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The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780099540304
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/15/1988
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    An outstanding example of haunting historical fiction

    The Iron King is an outstanding example of haunting historical fiction, the first of seven novels that this reviewer is now eager to appreciate. The easy transition from light and dark topics of history and human nature arranged with solid dramatization and historical figures created an unexpected find for this reviewer. With all the shadowy depths of political intrigue, corresponding court and the turmoil that eventually devoured those figures of the 14th century, The Iron King had me reading long into the night. The Iron King is a fast paced saga that is sure to entertain as well as enlighten readers on the brutal savagery and corrupt practices conducted during Europe in the 14th century.


    A warning to the eager reader, The Iron King is light on character building and focuses more on: plot, drama, successions of revenge, murder, graphic torture and its political "necessity". Abandon all notions on finding a fluffy read here, Mr. Druon has left a dramatic stamp on the historical fiction genre that will stay with the reader days after finishing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2013

    Dramatic History

    George R.R. Martin says that Druon's work is part of the inspiration for Game of Thrones. Unlike GOT, the Iron King and the following volumes of The Accursed Kings series are largely historically true and well documented. Plenty of real world sex and violence, but no dragons. Of special interest is the working out of the curse shouted by Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay as he was being burned at the stake.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Well written historical fiction.  I enjoyed it very much.  I wis

    Well written historical fiction.  I enjoyed it very much.  I wish the following books in the series were available in English as nook books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    I've always read English history novels.  This is a great blend

    I've always read English history novels.  This is a great blend of history and story and held my attention.  I've just ordered the second in the series to see how the family fairs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    INSIGHTFUL The attraction of this novel to me was giving charact

    INSIGHTFUL
    The attraction of this novel to me was giving character to King Philip IV, the Iron King, those involved in and affected by the elimination of the Templars, and some insight into the early 1300s. The seven book series written by Druon was subtitled, “The Accursed Kings” because of the supposed impact of the curse of Jacques De Molay, the Templar Grand Master on his tormentors as he was burning to death. In fact, those Jacques De Molay condemned to God for punishment before the year was out, Guillaume De Nogaret (supposedly poisoned), the Secretary General, Pope Clement V, and King Philip, did indeed die before year end. Druon avoided characterizing King Philip as simply a greedy tyrant, bitter over not being granted admission into the Templars. His elimination of the Templars may have been motivated in part by greed, expediency and vengeance, or religious zeal, but it may also have been consistent with his occasional attempts to break out of the old order of the chivalric three estates. Much of the book is also devoted to the intrigue associated with the adulterous activities of his son’s wives which led to the imprisonment for life of two of them and the forced admission of the third into a nunnery. Another sub-plot provides insight into how the government borrowed money from Lombard bankers and a scandal involving embezzlement by an archbishop of resources seized from the Templars. I also found it interesting that King Philip often examined his sons and their fitness for rule and found them severely lacking. Despite George R. R. Martin’s indication that “The Accursed Kings” influenced his “Song of Ice and Fire” series, this is a historical fiction novel from another era. It is not as fast paced, bloody, or “in your face” as much modern historical fiction or fantasy. However, the insight and characterization are as valid today as they were in 1956.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    A disappointment

    Doesn't come close to the Game of Thrones series. I felt it just breezed by the history involved, nothing really in depth.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Interesting Historical Notes

    Not a bad read, this book sparked interest in subjects I've never thought much about, like the role the Templars played in creating guilds and leading to freemasonry. I think I enjoyed the historical notes more than the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

    This is just the first book about this nasty family in the set.

    This is just the first book about this nasty family in the set. And it just keeps getting better and better

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    I will chat with you

    IAM SO BORED DO U WAN ACHAT

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    If you want to know what this book is about...

    Read the first three editorial reviews.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    What.....?

    Why would i want to buy this book when i have absolutly nothing about it? Since it s this cheap and even the overview wont say anything about it, the book must be horrible.

    1 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    It tells you

    Nothing about th book in tje overviews

    1 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Why is the kindle version only $2 and ours is $10 ??

    Why is the kindle version only $2 and ours is $10 ??

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Books are good game of thrones is best

    Hood book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

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    It is a good book. Free sample :)

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    Posted June 10, 2013

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