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The King Without a Kingdom by Maurice Druon
  

The King Without a Kingdom

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The world of fiction and fact merge in this feast of historical intrigue, bloody battle and cankerous corruption. Translated from French, visit the beginning of the Hundred Years War; with ‘narration’ by Cardinal Perigord, helping to draw you in, to settle at his feet and become a part of these times. This is the seventh and final book in the ‘Accursed Kings’ series and will have you hunting down the first six. You really do feel as though you are in the midst of the most wonderful history lesson. If it were fiction, you would call the author fanciful, knowing it has a solid base in history adds to the superb storytelling, making this well worth a read. ~ Liz Robinson

Synopsis

The King Without a Kingdom by Maurice Druon

'This was the original GAME OF THRONES' George R.R. Martin Available for the first time in English, THE KING WITHOUT A KINGDOM is the seventh and final volume of The Accursed Kings series. The reign of the Capetian kings has ended and John II, 'The Good', second of the Valois dynasty, has taken the throne. Under his leadership the Hundred Years War, one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in history, escalates and England and France begin to tear each other apart. Cardinal Perigord, narrating the drama, shows us a monarch as vain and cruel as he is incompetent. Under his turbulent reign, warring factions plunder the land, famine threatens the people and the Black Death spreads far and wide. France is bleeding to death around the new king.

Reviews

'Iron kings and strangled queens, battles and betrayals, lies and lust, the curse of the Templars, the doom of a great dynasty - and all of it (well, most of it) straight from the pages of history, and believe me, the Starks and the Lannisters have nothing on the Capets and Plantagenets. Whether you are a history buff or a fantasy fan, Druon's epic will keep you turning pages. This was the original game of thrones'
George R.R. Martin

'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

About the Author

Maurice Druon was a French resistance hero, a Knight of the British Empire and a holder of the Grand Croix de la Legion d'Honneur. He was also a member of the Academie francaise and a celebrated novelist, best known for his series of seven historical novels under the title of The Accursed Kings, which were twice adapted for television. A passionate Anglophile, he was a great expert on all things English, including its medieval history, which provides great inspiration for the series. His many and diverse fans include George RR Martin, Nicolas Sarkozy and Vladimir Putin.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Maurice Druon

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Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
Action Adventure / Spy
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ISBN

9780007491377

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