The Strangled Queen: Accursed Kings #2
Harper, 2013 (2013)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
f you read the first novel in the
The Iron King
, you'll certainly wish to get a copy of this second installment.
ou'll remember that
The Iron King
focused on Philip IV. Although he ruled with an iron hand, Philip had a difficult time controlling his own family. Not only were his sons weak but their wives were also adulterous. Eventually a web of scandal, murder and intrigue brought the Iron King down.
The Strangled Queen
, King Philip IV has passed away and the fatal curse of the Knights of Templar plagues the royal house of France. Philip's son, Louis X, is now the monarch and his wife, Marguerite of Burgundy, is imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard. Guilty of a number of transgressions, including infidelity, Marguerite has not produced an heir to the throne but Louis can't marry while Marguerite lives.
ow the scandal, intrigue and problems that ensnared his father are part of Louis' court. It appears that Philip's descendants will continue the downward spiral that began with his reign and the destruction of his dynasty at the hands of fate will continue.
aurice Druon's previous historical novels were adapted for television and it appears that upon its completion the
series will have a similar fate. If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a
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