Already read. Report an error in the book. Fiction Historical. Related books. Alan Garner The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Martin This is a Personally, I see am a fan of both genres, but some people may have been misled about the book's content since it's being connected to Martin, who wrote the Foreward to this new edition. I've read the books in a German translation ages ago, and I'm just rereading them in French halfway through book 1. How disarming this big Robert was!
You thought to lay a trap for him, to take him at a disadvantage, and he was as wide open with you as a window. May leprosy rot her mouth, and her breasts turn to carrion! And why did they do it? He finds her rather sickly-looking? Well then, give him Margot, and Philip, he can have Jeanne, and my sweet Blanchette can marry your fine Charles.
How delightful that they should all love each other! My nephew Robert? Give that dog some bone or other! The Castle of Conches and the County of Beaumont will do well enough for that boor! And no sooner are they married than the little bitches start plotting, sending each other notes, taking lovers, and set about betraying the throne of France.
But to behave so basely after having injured me so much, those Burgundy girls are going to learn what it costs, and I shall avenge myself on them for what their mother did to me. Isabella remained thoughtful during this outpouring. That is why they will always be your enemies. Isabella raised her beautiful blue eyes to her cousin and Artois sensed that this time he had struck the right note.
Isabella was on his side once and for all. Get them, and I promise you that I shall come to Paris at once upon some pretext or other, and put an end to this disorder. How can I help you? Have you told my uncle Valois? I have thought of Mme de Comminges for the post.
She has recently been widowed and deserves some consideration. And in that your uncle Valois can help us. Thus we shall have a creature of ours on the spot, and as we say in military parlance, a spy within the walls is worth an army outside. You can send them secretly, a little private friendly transaction between you, which neither father nor husbands need know anything about.
During the short wait Robert of Artois for the first time ceased to be concerned with his plots and preoccupations and looked round the room, at the religious frescoes painted on the walls, at the huge, beamed roof that looked like the hull of a ship. It was all rather new, gloomy and cold. The furniture was fine but sparse. How much I miss France! He was struck by her tone of voice as much as by her words. He realised that there were two Isabellas: on the one hand the young sovereign, conscious of her role and trying to live up to the majesty of her part; and on the other, behind this outward mask, an unhappy woman.
The French lady-in-waiting returned, bringing a purse of interwoven gold thread, lined with silk and fastened with three precious stones as large as thumbnails. A little heavy for a woman to wear; but exactly what a young man at Court dreams of fastening to his belt in order to show off. There was a noise outside, shouts and laughter. Robert of Artois went over to the window. In the courtyard a company of masons were hoisting to the summit of an arch an ornamental stone engraved in relief with the lions of England.
Some were hauling on pulley-ropes; others, perched on a scaffolding, were making ready to seize hold of the block of stone, and the whole business seemed to be carried out amid extraordinary good humour. His velvet clothes were dusty with plaster. She pronounced it Vestmoustiers, in the French manner. Do you imagine they even bother to say Sire to him? They call him Edward, and laugh at him, and he loves it. Just look at him. About him was an air of suspect familiarity.
The lions of England had been lowered back to earth, doubtless because it was thought that their proposed site was unsuitable. Edward gave him all the jewels in my marriage casket. Having beside her a relation and a friend, Isabella at last allowed herself to express her sorrows and humiliations.
The morals of Edward II were known throughout Europe. Robert of Artois did not appear surprised to hear these cruel words uttered by a beautiful woman. It must be admitted that such things were the common coin of the period. Kingdoms were often handed over to adolescents, whose absolute power fascinated them as might a game. Hardly grown out of the age in which it is fun to tear the wings from flies, they might now amuse themselves by tearing the heads from men.
Too young to fear or even imagine death, they would not hesitate to distribute it around them. He visits the low dens of the Port of London, sits with tramps, wrestles with lightermen, races against grooms.
Fine tournaments, these, for our delectation! He has no care who runs the kingdom, provided his pleasures are organised and shared. As for myself, Edward no longer approaches me, and if by chance he does, I am so ashamed that I remain cold to his advances. It is enough that she should have assured the succession; after that her life is of no account. The least washerwoman in the kingdom has greater rights than I: she can come and ask my protection.
Robert of Artois knew — as indeed who did not? Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 6 hours. Related Categories. Related Authors. Prologue At the beginning of the fourteenth century, Philip IV, a king of legendary personal beauty, reigned over France as absolute master.
This story begins at the end of the seventh year. Isabella gave a brief smile, quickly gone. A sixteen-stone step shook the floor-boards. She pointed to the child. Robert of Artois waited till the door was closed. Both Jeanne and Blanche? Her cheeks showed signs of blushing.
She lacked the crudeness of her cousin and could not bring herself to utter certain words. The first French lady entered. Isabella had ascended the throne at sixteen; she had come a long way in six years. Start your free trial. Page 1 of 1.
This book took a little time to get into, especially as all the characters were introduced. However as we approached the second third of the book I was totally hooked and needed to find out what happened next. Clearly this book has set it up well for others that will follow in the series. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing this series soon. I certainly recommend it to people who enjoy good quality historical fiction. I read this series when I was in my teens and I was thrilled that it was being re-released by Harper Collins.
The prose is still fresh in my mind, though dated, given that it was first published in The characters of course are legendary. Truth be told, this series, in addition to Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" hooked me on the medieval period in history. In fact, when the Cardinals met in conclave last week, I was reminded of Druon's account of the conclave in Avignon when Philippe le Bel's son, Philippe the Long walled up the entrances to the chapel and kept the Cardinals walled in until they came to a decision!
The Iron King is the first of the seven part series, and begins with Philippe le Bel's suppression of the Templars and the aftermath of the so-called 'curse' Jacques deMolay pronounced on the King and his heirs before his death at the stake. Misfortune did fall on the shoulders of the king and those who succeeded him.
This handsome king had his hands full not only with building up the Kingdom of France and keeping the French under his heel, but with his own household and the infamous scandal of the Tower of Nesle. His daughters-in-law took lovers, cuckholded their royal husbands and you may guess what happens to them.
The first book also gives us a glimpse at Philippe's daughter Isabella, queen to England's Edward II and her interesting life. This is a quick and engrossing story and you will not be disappointed if you love medieval history as much as I do. Druon's work more readers, so be it. I'm sure I'm not the only one who enjoyed the ARC, as when I received in the mail, the package had been opened and it looked like someone had already ready it! With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability.
We use this information to create a better experience for all users. Please review the types of cookies we use below. These cookies allow you to explore OverDrive services and use our core features. Without these cookies, we can't provide services to you.By Maurice Druon. 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. At the beginning the iron king maurice druon free pdf the fourteenth century, Philip IV, a king of legendary personal beauty, reigned over France as absolute master. He had defeated the warrior pride of the great barons, the rebellious Flemings, the English in Aquitaine, and even the Papacy which he had proceeded to install at Avignon. Parliaments obeyed tje orders and councils were in his pay. He had three adult sons to ensure his line. He numbered six other kings among his vassals, and the web of his alliances extended as far as Russia. He left no source of wealth untapped. He had in turn taxed the riches of the Church, despoiled the Jews, and made extortionate demands from the community of Lombard bankers. To meet the needs of the Treasury he debased the coinage. From day to day the gold piece weighed less and was the iron king maurice druon free pdf more. Taxes were crushing: the police multiplied. Economic crises led to ruin and famine which, in turn, caused uprisings which were bloodily put down. Rioting ended upon the the iron king maurice druon free pdf of the gibbet. Everyone must accept the royal authority and obey it or be broken by it. This cruel and dispassionate prince was concerned with the ideal of the nation. Under his reign France was great and the French wretched. One power alone had dared stand the seat filler full movie online free to him: the Sovereign Order of the Knights Templar. This huge organisation, at the iron king maurice druon free pdf military, religious and commercial, had acquired its fame and its wealth from the Crusades. He brought against them the greatest prosecution in recorded history, the iron king maurice druon free pdf there were nearly fifteen thousand accused. It lasted seven years, and during its course every possible infamy was committed. The green, leaded panes of the windows iorn the pale light of a March day to filter into the room. Sitting upon the iron king maurice druon free pdf high oaken chair, its back surmounted by the the iron king maurice druon free pdf lions of England, her chin cupped in her hand, her feet resting upon a red cushion, Queen Isabella, wife of Edward Kiny, gazed vaguely, unseeingly, at the glow in the hearth. She was twenty-two years old, her complexion clear, pretty and the iron king maurice druon free pdf blemish. She wore her golden hair coiled in two long tresses upon each side of her duon like the handles of an amphora. The Iron King. The Accursed Kings Series, Book 1 · The Accursed Kings. by Maurice Druon. ebook. Read The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) by Maurice Druon with a free trial. Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and. The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) - Kindle edition by Druon, Maurice. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Read Online The Iron King By Maurice Druon, The Iron King By Maurice Druon PDF Free Download. The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) Maurice Druon ebook. Page: Format: pdf. Publisher: HarperCollins UK ISBN: The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) Maurice Druon ebook. Publisher: HarperCollins UK ISBN: Format: pdf. Page: Oct 14, The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) writer Maurice Druon lire pdf en ligne gratuitement. Knihy The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1) (writer. Read "The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, Book 1)" by Maurice Druon available from Rakuten Kobo. 'This is the original game of thrones' George R.R. Martin. A collection of the first three books in Maurice Druon's epic historical fiction series, Iron King, The Strangled Queen, The Poisoned Crown - Electronic book text. Sebastian Clifton becom…. 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…. But you alone have sufficient power to accomplish what we desire, and by your coming to put a term to this villainy which so blackens the honour of your nearest relatives. Read in private. Add to shelf. As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. I hav. Her plan is simple — to clear the path to the throne for her son-in-law Philippe. 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…. Alan Garner The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Martin's epic work. As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. The glorious spirit of abounding youth glows throughout this fascinating tale.