Mber and actually thinks of the kingdom of France and not simply of his own satisfaction The dialogues that involve him are always sharp and delightful Featured proheminently in this tome is also the Cardinal Jacues Du ze an unorthodox contender for the role of Holy Father The two men understand each other very well and they will use their keen minds to settle the conclave s struggle once and for all in a most interesting way Du ze s life is a fascinating story and the only thing I can fault this book with is not diging further into the background of this most unusual man of the cloth And of course Philippe s machavellian mother in law Mahaut d Artois is unleashed in this episode the lenghts to which she will go to see her daughter as ueen of France are impressive and horrifying but I still loved every word of her story arc Still locked in a vicious conflict with her nephew Robert over the county of Artois she plots schemes and strikes Her lady in waiting B atrice is almost as scary as her with her secrets and witchcraft She drops hints of gruesome crimes into Mauhaut s willing ears and sets into motion terrible chains of eventGuccio and Marie s love story turns to tragedy in this episode and I never fail to feel a sharp stab of pain for the poor lovers who s connections with the mighty and powerful ruined their happiness Their story is not a simple romantic addition to the political arc of the book it is based on a real and intriguing story look for John I of France on Wikipedia if ou are curious History can sometimes be even stranger than fictionAs ou can imagine the historical details embedded in the narrative are impressive From the sort of food eaten to the remedies prescribed for various ailments and details of ceremonial clothing and social protocols Druon brings the reader back to a complicated era that we often romanticise or oversimplify Reading these books again it becomes increasingly obvious to me that Mr George RR Martin shamelessly ripped Druon off His stories of fantastical powerplays assassination and ruthlessness are very obviously inspired by The Accursed Kings and some characters of the Song of Ice and Fire series are clearly revampings of those found in Druon s work Oh well they say imitation is the Sincerest Form Of Flattery5 Solid form of flattery5 solid Now I m off to go find the 1972 TV series DVDs This book focuses on the accession of Phillip V of France who reigned in the early 14th century It s fourth in a series which I advise reading This is a deeply enjoyable book and the volume that moved me into finishing the entire Les Rois Maudits With my favorite of Philippe the Fair s heirs taking the center stage in the next book I have no choice but to drink deep from this blood red cupI m of two minds as to whether the Bouvilles acuitted themselves well here They were surely exemplary in the performance of their duties deploying an uncharacteristic cunning to protect the life of their royal charge But it still came at a horrible price all because they weren t able to muster the reuisite vigilance to complement their craftiness I don t think that Philippe can wash his hands off the whole affair either He knows what Mahaut is capable of and at the very least in order to punish her he should have denied her designation as the godmother of his murdered brother s infant son protocol be damned But he still proceeded with it making his motives very suspect Of course Fate can when she so wishes to proclaim her preeminence pursue ironic avenues in exacting her dues The antiuated law that Philippe V crafted to justify his accession will later on be used to deny his progeny their claims to the throne bringing to an end the direct line of the Capets Such are the wages of overweening ambition Never has pragmatism and sadistic evil been as wedded in unholy alchemy as they were in the Countess Mahaut Even though
She Was Guilty Of Regicide was guilty of regicide the last volume I still much preferred her to her villainous nephew Robert thinking that it s only the extreme circumstances she labored under that pushed her hand After all it was an ineffectual king who was slowly chipping away at his father s gains that she did away with substituting a wise and capable regent in his stead Oh how naive I was They can both well and truly hang now 810 4 star. A na ualidade de defensores do direito ue assiste à suposta filha bastarda do rei a jovem Joana de Navarra Para preparar a sua subida ao trono Filipe de Poitiers irmão do falecido monarca invocará uma certa lei sálica a «lei dos varões» ue na verdade foi forjada para as circunstâncias mas daí em diante definirá as regras da sucessão na monaruia francesa O desaparecimento do filho póstumo de Luís o Teimoso permite ue permite ue Filipe se torne Filipe V o Long.
Maurice Druon ↠ 0 DOWNLOADDetailed footnotes and the footnotes too are fascinating They give backstory they give motive they give the extra details that give texture fascinating They give backstory they give motive they give the extra details that give texture substance to the novels This is a fabulous series The fourth volume of the Accursed Kings saga develops mixed in with a very entertaining plot another episode in the history of the end of the Capetian dynasty Upon the death of Louis X the first son of the Accursed King Philippe IV damned by the Grand Master of the Knights Templar the second brother also named Philippe gets hold of the Regency first and of the Crown second And thus this son became Philippe VDruon proposes an intrigue in which poison lies kidnaps etc move the threads His proposition is credible enough A second plot is the election of Pope Jean XXII the second of the Avignon Popes This had been another complex episode of the times The Papacy had been vacant for two ears and again Druon proposes another credible unfolding of eventsBut the main interest of this volume called after all The Law of the Males for me was the explanation if offers of how the Salic law came to be adopted by France to govern monarchical inheritance Druon thinks that this was another curse for French historyThe origins of this law as practiced from the Middle Ages onwards lie in a Frankish Civil curse for French historyThe origins of this law as practiced from the Middle Ages onwards lie in a Frankish Civil from the time of the Salians 4th and 5th Centuries The complete Salian code governed many aspects but one of its elements was exhumed by the protagonist of this volume to designate himself Regent and Heir and KingWith this new reformulation of the law women were pushed aside from the line of royal inheritance Entirely Similar to this but not as severe is the Agnatic law in which the male is given priority over an older female but women are not entirely eliminated from the linePhilippe V became King because he succeeded in establishing this manipulated interpretation and after the death of the infant son of his older brother instead of the throne going to the infant s elder sister Jeanne of Britany he got himself crowned as the next male kin to the soon poisoned new bornDrone s description of the ostentatious crowning ceremony at Reims without forgetting to envelop it with riveting suspense is another highlight of this fourth volumeI look forward to the remaining three volumes of this highly entertaining and edifying seriesFascinating times those were This is my second or third time reading through The Accursed Kings series by Maurice Druon and I have to say I am always impressed by it It is by far my favorite historical fiction series Druon s skill with language and characterization makes events that happened over six hundred ears ago sound fresh and fascinating It is also a intricate study on politics and how egos and personalities have influenced historyThe fourth installement of the series weirdly translated as The Royal Succession in English when the original title actually meant the law of males a reference to laws installed to prevent women from inheriting powerful positions opens at the death of Louis X His uncle Charles de Valois and his brother Philippe de Poitiers both have their eye on the regency as Louis heir is still in the womb While this bickering takes place in Paris a different power play is going on at the papal conclave where the French and Italian cardinals try to put their favorite on the throne of Avignon or bring the papacy back to Rome The focus of this book as the title suggests is to see who will be king after Louis His wife Cl mence was pregnant at the time of his passing but this was still no certainty of an heir since it was possible that her child was a girl in which case Marguerite de Bourgogne s daughter would have been Louis oldest living child But there had never been a situation where a woman was heir to the throne before and as there were several power hungry male relatives vying for power a female sovereign was not a desirable option Very soon uestions of allegiance and legitimacy push the characters towards intrigue and conspiracyThis might be my favorite book of the series after The Iron King because it puts some of my favorite characters at the forefront Philippe the Tall is by far Philippe the Fair s most competent son and the only one of the three who has natural leadership He is shrewed cool as a cucu. ? podem ser interpretados como mais uma característica de um governante irresponsável e nefasto e num período de especial instabilidade política acabarão numa luta pelo trono A disputa está lançada e aueles ue se consideram aspirantes legítimos ao poder lançam se para jogar as suas cartas com grande celeridade Carlos de Valois ue tenta forçar o seu acesso à regência por ser irmão de Filipe o Belo e um dos mais antigos conselheiros reais; os nobres de Borgonh. Following the poisoning of Louis X in the last episode this book picks
up immediately with the struggle over who will be Regent in the interimimmediately with the struggle over who will be Regent in the interim Clemence s baby is born Various contenders with different motives keep the politics lively while with an eye on the long term we see the adoption of Salic law which excludes women from the monarchical successionIntertwined with this plot is the on going debate and discord over who will be the new pope till Philippe takes a creative approach to forcing a decision While the politics take centre stage some of the characterization lets the book down Mahaut is turning and into a cartoonish pantomime villain oh es she is while Clemence and Marie are stock angelic wives and mothers The kerfuffle over the babies at the end wouldn t be out of place in a trashy domestic noir thrillerCompensation comes in the form of historical interest such as the detailed coronation and christening scenes I m looking forward to Isabella coming back into the story in the next episode 45 starsI ve waited so long to continue this series and I was a total fool because The Royal Succession was a fantastic read probably my favourite so far I am so glad I got back into this worldThe story was great it was full of political intrigue scheming and engaging battles of wits After Louis X s murder the country is in turmoil and we mainly follow Philippe of Poitiers as he struggles to gain control but there is also the storyline of the election of Pope Jean XXII which was very fascinating Philippe might be my favourite character of the series view spoilerand I am really sad this is the last book where he appears hide spoiler Maurice Druon s Accursed Kings series is an easy read but don t let that fool ou The Royal Succession was so packed tight with intrigue and underhanded dealing sprinkled with the odd murder or revolt that one had to really keep on one s toes whilst reading easily The king is dead his wife is pregnant but there is of course a vacuum and a position of power that could become permanent if the child to be born doesn t uite make it Nature and Politics abhor a vacuumWhile we re at it the Papal Crown is vacant and it doesn t look like anyone is going to fill that empty space in a hurry unless perhaps things are pushed a little Power It s all about Power Louis X is dead Poisoned by Mahaut d Artois The Throne Of France Is Open Or throne of France is open or it ueen Clemence is pregnant and the unborn child if male is the true heir Meanwhile Louis brother Philippe the Count of Poitiers becomes the RegentThis is the story of how Philippe negotiates the treacherous landscape of French Royal politics Having secured himself as Regent until ueen Clemence gives birth he manages to apply the old Saliue often called Salic in English law where only a male may inherit the Crown The various conflicts and intrigues contained in this tale I shall not get into since that s why ou should read the book I will point out some respect for Philippe and his machinations The story ends with the death of Jean I the son of ueen Clemence and her subseuent travels as well as the rise of Philippe to become Philippe V King of France aka Philippe the Long Full of intr Another excellent part in this series Each time I follow with interest and amazement the events of so many centuries ago M Druon did an excellent job with his series I think if authors wrote history like this people would love historyThe series does ask some dedication though While I have knowledge of French history each time I need to go study the family tree of these kings As soon as this book arrived I dropped everything else to read it It s the best one Freezing Point yet Louis is dead Clemence is pregnant and Philippe has a strategy to capture the crown will it work The ins and outs of this book the improvisation in the face of the unexpected the carefully crafted paperwork to guarantee the desired outcomeou are on the edge of Folk og røvere i Kardemomme by your chair bitingour nails with every chapter Alas I only wish I had read it slowly The next book in the series won t be available until March Because it is history we all kind of know how it is going to turn out but Druon turns historical stick figures into flesh and blood power hungry entitled driven people The book reads like a novel but at the end Druon has provided. Depois de cumprir dezoito meses de um reinado vergonhoso Luís X o Teimoso encontra a morte numa noite de Junho de 1316 vítima de um veneno letal O seu assassínio de parece confirmar a maldição lançada pelo grão mestre dos Templários sobre a estirpe de Filipe o Belo e pela primeira vez em séculos da dinastia dos Capetos a França vê se com o trono vazio e sem nenhum herdeiro natural ue possa ocupá loOs problemas gerados pela falta de descendência de Luís X s?. ,