The Iron King Maurice Druon

So if you like historical fiction, you may end up here in the world of the Frenchies. It seems that a lot of people got here via the fantasy series A Game of Thrones. Same publisher trying to make capital out of some similarities and flogging it as the original Game of Thrones. But this is dealing with history not fantasy and so has disapointed lovers of dragons etc. It was also made by the Frenchies into a mini series a few years ago.

This is the first of a series of books collectively known as the Accursed Kings. This first novel was written in 1955 and it perhaps shows in that it is a bit brief. The Action is set in 1307 and if it helps you to place that time, it is during the reign of Edward II in England. In fact, his Missus, Isabella features in the novel as the daughter of the ruling Philip the Fair of France (Fair as in looks, not nature).

The characters are pretty much straight out of the history books. We have a couple of bankers tossed in to help carry the financial aspects of the plotting plus provide a bit of young love. But it is mainly a down to business novel setting out what happened at the time. Proves again to me that you don’t need to make stuff up – humans will come up with fascinating stuff and all you need do is to add dialogue to history for a good yarn.

I will keep on with the series. As I said, not a big investment of your time if you want to give it a go. And, while we may know that Edwards son is going to invade sometime,  it’s kind of nice not being in England or Rome where we know what’s going to happen to the various characters. Recommended and I shall report back after about book four or five.



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