The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings, Book 3)
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‘This was the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin
No man is impervious to the poisons of the crown…
Having murdered his wife and exiled his mistress, King Louis X of France becomes besotted with Princess Clemence of Hungary and makes her his new Queen.
However, though the matter of the succession should be assured, it is far from so, as Louis embarks on an ill-fated war against Flanders.
Where his father, Philip IV, was strong, Louis is weak, and the ambitions of his proud, profligate barons threaten his power and the future of a kingdom once ruled by an Iron King.
blessed their commander. A strict guard maintained discipline, since the Count of Poitiers loathed disorder; and since he also appreciated his comforts, a hundred men had been put to digging drains, while his tent had been placed on a foundation of logs and faggots upon which one might live more or less in the dry. The tent, almost as large and rich as the King’s, consisted of several different rooms separated by tapestries. Sitting amid the leaders of his ‘banner’ on a camp-stool, his sword,
Tolomei, who ordered it directly from a Florentine goldsmith. There are apparently only five of these forks in the world, and I wanted you to have one so that you should not stain your pretty hands when you eat fruit. It’s particularly suitable for a lady; a man would never dare, nor indeed know how, to use so precious a tool, except my effeminate brother-in-law Edward of England who, I am told, possesses one and does not fear the mockery his using it at table arouses.’ He had hoped to amuse her
their hats. ‘Oh, Demoiselle Marie!’ cried Ricard, the head clerk. ‘Welcome! Come in and warm yourself. Your basket is ready, as it is every week, but, with all this going on, I have had it put on one side for safe-keeping.’ Then, turning to a fat peasant who was asking for some silver pieces in exchange for a Louis d’or, ‘Yes, you’ll be attended to, Master Guillemard,’ and turning towards the second clerk he cried, ‘Piton! Attend to Master Guillemard.’ He led the girl into a neighbouring room,
your interest as mine. Do you know what religious procedure should be invoked to protect oneself against a spell? After all, God is stronger than the devil.’ He did not give the impression of being completely certain of it. The Count of Poitiers considered the matter. At heart he was tempted by the proposal. To leave the Court for a few weeks, where he had no power to prevent the follies that were committed, and where he was in perpetual conflict with the faction in power, and go to fulfil what
against him the Italian cardinals and some of the French cardinals. The Commission headed by Bertrand de Got and Guillaume de Budos, nephews of Pope Clement, and dispatched, about July 1314, by the Court of France with a strong escort of Gascon soldiers to prevent the election of Duèze, could not have turned out more badly: riots, brawls, incendiarism, and pillage, affrays between the Gascon soldiery and the Cardinal’s people, indeed siege was laid to the monastery in which the Conclave was