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The Iron King

The Accursed Kings, Book 1
Lu par : Peter Joyce
Série : The Accursed Kings, Volume 1
Durée : 11 h et 2 min
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From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work.

France became a great nation under Philip the Fair - but it was a greatness achieved at the expense of her people, for his was a reign characterised by violence, the scandalous adulteries of his daughters-in-law, and the triumph of royal authority.

©1955 Maurice Druon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Commentaires

"Blood-curdling tale of intrigue, murder, corruption and sexual passion" ( The Sunday Times)
"Dramatic and colourful as a Dumas romance but stiffened by historical accuracy and political insight" ( )The Sunday Times)
"Barbaric, sensual, teeming with life, based in wide reading and sound scholarship…among the best historical novels" ( The Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Syd Young
  • 03/08/2013

Historical Goodie

This was good - historical fiction like it used to be. I read it because George Martin recommended it as "the original Iron throne." I was not disappointed! It intrigued me and taught me some things, while making me feel like I was right there, exactly what I want from historical fiction. This story begins in the reign of Phillip the Fair, when he is killing off the last of the Templars; it is essentially the prequel to the War of Roses.

Good companion reading to Rutherford's new historical fictional exploration of Paris ("Paris"). There is a time period in that book very close to this one. Also, remember the beautiful Isabella, Queen of England in the movie Braveheart? She is Phillip's daughter and is featured in this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/05/2013

SO Happy the series is being worked on!

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I am halfway through, and I just saw you added the second of the series. I am SO happy this is the case. My parents are huge fans of the books, but I don't have so much time to sit down to read them. If they weren't on audible, I'd be missing out completely, so THANK YOU to the makers of the audio version! and please don't stop until they are all done!!! <3!

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  • c
  • 12/05/2014

Interesting but...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those interested in historical fiction and know/understand French.

If you’ve listened to books by Maurice Druon before, how does this one compare?

This is the first I've tried. I was curious because of an article on the BBC website that hinted that this series was an inspiration for the Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire) series.

Any additional comments?

I understand the book was originally written in French. However, the English version did not have some French phrases translated so there were a lot of things that you miss out on if you don't understand French.

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  • Arthur Newsome
  • 08/04/2016

Excellent. Performance is superior.

Great story. Very interesting. Like the game of thrones, this has many unexpected turns. Trust no one! Performance is one of the best I've ever heard.

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  • Joshua
  • 14/03/2016

GRRM Writes Good, Recommends Good

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iron King?

"GUARDS!" is the first thing that comes to mind. Then there's Philip and the deer, Philip and Nogaret's papers, Philip on his deathbed, and also quite a few scenes that don't involve Philip. Almost any death scene is memorable.

What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?

All of it. How he narrates the text, delivers the dialogue, voices the characters... as far as I'm concerned he does it all perfectly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh, yes. Midway through writing this review, I opened a second window and bought The Strangled Queen.

Any additional comments?

Although I can't point to any one aspect of this book as being brilliant, everything here is solid, even above-average. It's a good novel and, combined with a first-class reading, is well-worth what I paid for it.

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  • Rene
  • 08/10/2014

Just fantastic!

What made the experience of listening to The Iron King the most enjoyable?

The feeling of reality in the plot, because it is partly based on historical event and also because the characters act the way real people would.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Iron King?

When the adulterers are confronted with the evidence by the king, it came slowly but it was pretty intense.

What does Peter Joyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tone, emotion, diversity from the way he alters his voice alone I could tell which character he was voicing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was truly sad for the princesses and truly angry at the king for the treatment of the Templars… what he suffered at the end, he absolutely had it coming.

Any additional comments?

This is a series I have to finish… my type of adventure.

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  • Professor Woland
  • 16/03/2015

Like running itno an old Friend on a sunny day.

Where does The Iron King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I read these books when I was younger, and I honestly was surprised to find them on here after many years not being released or being out of print these books were always hard to find in English. I know in both French and Russian they were very popular for many decades (and were recently made into mini-series with Gérard Depardieu in the role of the last Templar Grand Master Jacques de Molay).
Having listened to them now, I also have a whole new perspective of the Game of Throne books (another favorite), while these are very different genre the similarities between middle ages Europe and Westeros are amazing. I think the debt George RR Martin owes to historic fiction like this underlines a generation of writers for whom history was/is a source of inspiration.

What does Peter Joyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The performance is solid four stars, the only person I can think would sound better is Roy Dotrice.

Any additional comments?

This Series focuses on the events leading up to the 100 year was and the end of Capetian dynasty of France. For most people that's not exciting I suppose, but if you need a fix for Westeros while George is taking his time, this can be a touch of methadone (minus dragons and elaborate banner descriptions).

Additional value of this genre it actually opens you up to experience history through actions and character traits of real historical personages, even if embellished for fiction.

This particular book shows the France at a time when the feudal system was being dismantles for the sake nation states. When visionary kings began to centralize their authority from the feudal lords and consolidate it by relying on commerce and rising middle classes.

Maurice Druon wasn't just a historian and writer but also a member of the French government and I think he brings much of his own perspective on power and role of personalities and motivations in the events that change the course of countries.

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  • Dale
  • 26/05/2019

Why isn't this series being produced by HBO?

The seven titles in the Accursed Kings are all wonderfully written and are entirely accessible for those whose knowledge of medieval French history is limited (like me). I've read the series in paperback a couple of times and now time constraints are causing me to revisit the series via Audible. I just finished The Iron King and The Strangled Queen and have just started The Poisoned Crown. Peter Joyce is a good reader overall, but his raspy attempts at an Italian accent for Spinello Tolomei and Guccio Baglioni falls flat and often sounds more slavic or Balkan than Italian. But...I nitpick. That aside, the performance is good and the plot lines in all the novels definitely proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Buckle up and expect twists, turns and awful deeds.

I did a lot of referring to Wikipedia. Nearly all the characters in the books are real and so to get a Wiki-thumbnail portrait is very helpful.

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  • Tabitha
  • 05/05/2019

Enjoyed it immensely.

Has a feeling of authenticity. I will be listening to the next one of the series for sure.

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  • Luna Max
  • 19/04/2019

A very good historical romp

I first read this series in my teens and enjoyed it tremendously. I thought I’d visit it and see how I feel about it now. Same. Excellent historical adventure, well written and well told. Very enjoyable.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 15/07/2015

Great History Lesson, Frugal Prose

Unfortunately good ingredients do not always make a great meal. To some extent this is true for this book as well. Druon’s “The Iron King” takes us to one of the most exciting periods in French history. In the 1300s the pope reigns in Avignon, because he would not be safe in Rome, the powerful Templars are persecuted and practically wiped out and smaller conflicts prepare for the 100-year War.

A lot of praise and positive reviews have been given to Druon's novel, but I have difficulties to really share this view. Also, to my great surprise, this book is often referred to as the “original Game of Thrones” and of course this might be true for the mere facts. There is enough political intrigue and scheming, adultery, debauch, murder and general meanness to fill several books, but what does the author make of it? Admitted, Druon tries very hard to stick to the historical facts and this novel gives you a lot of interesting insight into the period, the mentality of the ruling class and its lifestyle, but if you look for dramatic action and gripping prose, you will be disappointed. Druon’s story telling is frugal fare compared to George R.R. Martins “A Song of Ice and Fire”.

The story itself is quite complex and I do not want to give away too much, but it basically gives account of Philippe the Fair’s reign in France. Driven by greed and the dire need of funds, Philippe gives the order to slaughter and destroy the order of the Templar’s. When Jacques Molais, the Grand Master of the Order of the Templars is burned at the stake, he curses the Pope, King Philippe and his Minister Guillaume de Nogaret and true enough, the curse seems to take effect and events take a nasty turn.

All in all it is an interesting book, especially if you are a fan of historical fiction, but if you expect blood curling action, gut wrenching emotions and passionate encounters you better stay with George R.R. Martin and his kind.

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  • CWR
  • 06/08/2017

Great history, thrilling story, and superb reading

I love it. I came from the Umberto Eco side of medieval dramatisations, The name of the Rose covering the churches' dark times, Foucaults Pendulum making fun of the Templars myths, and of course I had been reading George RR Martins fantasies, but there I was left frustrated by their being sheer fiction without any foundation in the real world or history. So then I found Maurice Druon, and loved his dramatisations. Peter Joyces' reading is a bonus, especially where he speaks the villains roles. Impressive.