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Les Rois maudits, tome 2 : La Reine étranglée (original 1955; edition 1955)

by Maurice Druon

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Title:Les Rois maudits, tome 2 : La Reine étranglée
Authors:Maurice Druon
Info:Le Livre de Poche (1973), Edition: Nouvelle, Poche, 320 pages
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This book continues the first book of [a:Maurice Druon|57294|Maurice Druon|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1235795116p2/57294.jpg]about the french dynasty and their fall. It shows what happen to the sisters that had been caught in their infidelity and shows the pressure of power over the french monarchy. Amazing continuation from the first book. ( )
  CaroPi | Jun 22, 2014 |
This is the second installment of Maurice Druon's The Accursed Kings, perhaps better known these days as the French historical fiction series that played a part in inspiring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. The books depict a most tumultuous time in the history of France, leading up to the Hundred Years' War.

The previous book (The Iron King - see my summary and review here) ended with the death of King Philip IV. Everyone is thinking the same thing: that it appears the Templar curse is still running rampant through the French court. Eldest son Louis X takes the throne, but with his wife Marguerite of Burgundy and her cousin Blanche still imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard for adultery, he can neither produce an heir to secure the succession nor take another wife while technically still married.

This being a period of time in which the royal court was rife with scandal and corruption and when loyalties could be bought and sold, I have to say that this story practically writes itself. The title itself is a major spoiler, but history also gives us a clue as to what to expect. There aren't too many surprises here, and like a TV producer planning out a season's episodes, Maurice Druon chooses to save the juiciest bits in history for his book's climax and ending.

So it didn't surprise me that this book started out kind of slow; there's a lot of character development and build up of the story. Even though I knew what to expect, the fun was in sitting back and watching how Druon tells it, letting him lead me through the complicated tangle of lies and intrigue.

The writing style continues to be a challenge, but I realized with this book that it's not so much the French-to-English translation that's the cause. Most often it's the author's omniscient narrative mode jumping into different minds and different times, sometimes even talking about future events like a history book that creates the most distraction.

Even past the translation I could tell Maurice Druon was a witty guy, though; there's subtle humor in the writing, especially when we get into the characters' thoughts. I'm really liking the character development in this series so far; some of them in this book you'll simply love to hate, because they are just so despicable. It's this aspect that reminds me so much of GRRM's ASoIaF. The only solace I get is knowing that sooner or later, they'll get theirs. ( )
1 vote stefferoo | May 2, 2013 |
Even if it's the second book of a series of six books, this book can be considered as a stand-alone book.

The sequel of "Le Roi de Fer" tells the story of the successor of Philippe IV - Louis X. The plot starts with the imprisonment of Marguerite de Valois, followed by the his game of intrigue against the famous financier Marigny and the remaining feudal barons of the Order of the Templars.

I read a Portuguese version of this book and the translation was of bad quality.

As a Bookcrossing book, it will be released at Biblioteca Mario de Andrade. ( )
  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
Even if it's the second book of a series of six books, this book can be considered as a stand-alone book.

The sequel of "Le Roi de Fer" tells the story of the successor of Philippe IV - Louis X. The plot starts with the imprisonment of Marguerite de Valois, followed by the his game of intrigue against the famous financier Marigny and the remaining feudal barons of the Order of the Templars.

I read a Portuguese version of this book and the translation was of bad quality.

As a Bookcrossing book, it will be released at Biblioteca Mario de Andrade. ( )
  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
Even if it's the second book of a series of six books, this book can be considered as a stand-alone book.

The sequel of "Le Roi de Fer" tells the story of the successor of Philippe IV - Louis X. The plot starts with the imprisonment of Marguerite de Valois, followed by the his game of intrigue against the famous financier Marigny and the remaining feudal barons of the Order of the Templars.

I read a Portuguese version of this book and the translation was of bad quality.

As a Bookcrossing book, it will be released at Biblioteca Mario de Andrade. ( )
  Lnatal | Mar 31, 2013 |
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After 29 years of governing without pause, Philip the Handsome dies and is succeeded by the Frenchman Louis X, a prince of weak character and poor intelligence. When his wife, Marguerite of Burgundy, is imprisoned for adultery, the King's private rivalries, intrigues, and conspiracies are brought to court—and to the eyes of the church dignitaries, the judges, the bankers, and the people.

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Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, King Louis X of France, with neither heir nor wife, and few options left to remedy his situation.

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