The Iron King
From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work. “Accursed! Accursed! You shall be accursed to the thirteenth generation!” The Iron King – Philip the Fair – is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblinking as a... show more
From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work. “Accursed! Accursed! You shall be accursed to the thirteenth generation!” The Iron King – Philip the Fair – is as cold and silent, as handsome and unblinking as a statue. He governs his realm with an iron hand, but he cannot rule his own family: his sons are weak and their wives adulterous; while his red-blooded daughter Isabella is unhappily married to an English king who prefers the company of men. A web of scandal, murder and intrigue is weaving itself around the Iron King; but his downfall will come from an unexpected quarter. Bent on the persecution of the rich and powerful Knights Templar, Philip sentences Grand Master Jacques Molay to be burned at the stake, thus drawing down upon himself a curse that will destroy his entire dynasty…
Publish date: March 26th 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages no: 327
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, French Literature
Series: Les Rois maudits (#1)
I found this novel to be a little disappointing. It seems to come so highly recommended by people who have similar reading tastes and habits to mine. There was very little action for a novel that is said to have inspired Game of Thrones. This first novel seems to be more of a scene setter than anyth...
Reseña en español de El Rey de Hierro en mi blog: Click aquíThe Iron King is the first book of a series that George R.R Martin calls "the original Game of Thrones". The book describes the reign of Philip IV of France from the fall of the Templar Order until the day of his death. Philip is accursed b...
Epic historical fiction set in 1314 France. This book is about King Philip the Fair and his dysfunctional and hot mess of a family. Court intrigue, deception, unjust executions, corruption, revenge, you name it- this book has it. This book was a translation, so the cadence of the word...
Apparently this series partly inspired Game of Thrones, and one can see why Martin is drawn to it, though this first volume seems to resemble Showtime’s Tudors and Borgias series as well. There is pretty of adultery happening, and nice revenge being plotted. The women characters are rather two dimen...
As historical fiction goes, more emphasis is placed on the history here, a compelling enough story on its own without some of the padded writing that can afflict a lot of the genre. Yes, the prose is workmanlike, but Druon is foremost an historian interested in painting the background of France c. 1...
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