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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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The Strangled Queen by Maurice Druon (Author) (1955)



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I learned so much!
By sally tarbox on 19 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This, the second of Druon's 'Accursed Kings' series, opens in 1314 with the death of Philip the Fair, and succession of his son Louis the Stubborn .
The adulterous wives of Louis and his brother, still imprisoned for their crimes, hope that now they may be freed...
Enguerrand de Marigny, first minister of Louis' father, now realises that he does not enjoy the favour of the new king...
Plus again we meet handsome young Lombard banker, Guccio Baglioni, whose firm helps bankroll the Exchequer. And of course the larger than life Robert of Artois.
Really enjoyable read tho perhaps not QUITE as gripping as the first in series (the Iron King) ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
This is the second book in The Accursed Kings series of French historical novels by Maurice Druon set in the early 14th century, cited by George R R Martin as one of the inspirations for Game of Thrones. I read the first in Druon's series immediately after reading the first Game of Thrones book two years ago, and at the time I thought I would be reading the second of Druon's before the second of Martin's, but having read book 4 of Martin's before this, it hasn't quite turned out that way. This novel opens with the death of the Iron King, Philip IV, and the accession of his son Louis X le Hutin in late 1314, a much weaker King, whose wife Marguerite of Burgundy, the titular queen, was imprisoned in the first book for committing adultery (as was the wife of Louis's younger brother). The plot turns around the scheming of factions of nobles against Enguerrand de Marigny, Philip IV's chief Minister, and plans for Louis to obtain an end to his marriage and find a new wife to give him an heir (given the title of the novel, no prizes for guessing how that marriage ending is ultimately obtained). This is the kind of colourful history that I sometimes think makes fantasy novels almost irrelevant (great though series like Game of Thrones are); when historical reality reads as so unlikely in some respects, why have fantasy novels that try to emulate aspects of that reality? Great stuff, and my only minor criticism is that the translation from the French is rather stilted in places. ( )
  john257hopper | May 20, 2016 |
Fecha de lectura aproximada. Sólo recuerdo que fue el 2006, no el mes. :P ( )
  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
Bellissima rilettura di un romanzo storico veramente ben scritto. Per fortuna che da settembre la Mondadori li ristampa tutti. Così sarà possibile terminare la serie. ( )
  Angela.Me | Nov 9, 2015 |
It's Hard being Queen, but the story just keep getting better. ( )
  Joanne53 | Apr 4, 2015 |
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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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