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By Maurice Druon

‘This used to be the unique online game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin

No guy is impervious to the poisons of the crown…

Having murdered his spouse and exiled his mistress, King Louis X of France turns into besotted with Princess Clemence of Hungary and makes her his new Queen.

However, although the problem of the succession might be guaranteed, it really is faraway from so, as Louis embarks on an ill-fated battle opposed to Flanders.

Where his father, Philip IV, was once robust, Louis is vulnerable, and the objectives of his proud, profligate barons threaten his strength and the way forward for a nation as soon as governed by means of an Iron King.

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The barons have been a lot amused by way of the spectacle of the scuffle. one of many villeins, more desirable and heavier than the remainder, overwhelmed a hand with a coin in it lower than his foot until eventually it used to be pressured to open. ‘There’s a fellow who is familiar with what he’s about,’ acknowledged Robert of Artois, giggling. ‘Who does he belong to? I’d willingly purchase him. ’ And Clémence used to be displeased to work out that Louis used to be guffawing too. ‘This isn't the method to supply alms,’ she proposal. ‘I shall need to train him. ’ Rain began falling and the scramble resulted in the dust. Tables were laid within the biggest corridor within the citadel. the marriage breakfast lasted 5 hours. ‘Here am I, Queen of France,’ Clémence acknowledged to herself every now and then. She couldn't get used to the belief. She stumbled on it tough to get used to her atmosphere in any respect. She used to be surprised on the gluttony of the French lords. because the wine circulated, voices grew louder. the one girl at this ceremonial dinner of warriors, Clémence was once aware of being the cynosure of each eye, and discovered that on the a long way finish of the corridor the dialog was once taking a grosser flip. at times one of many feasters would go away the room. Mathieu de Trye, the 1st Chamberlain, cried, ‘The King our Lord wants that nobody may still piss upon the steps during which he needs to move. ’ once they had reached the fourth carrier of six dishes every one, of which an entire pig served at the spit and a peacock with all its tail feathers shaped half, equerries got here in bearing a major pie which they set prior to the royal couple. The crust used to be damaged open and a reside fox jumped out to the excited cries of all current. For loss of time to organize set items and problematic candies, which might have taken many days to make, the chefs had was hoping to create an impression during this manner. The worried fox dashed around the corridor, its tufted pink brush sweeping the stone flooring, its positive exceptional eyes light with panic. ‘Gone away! long past away! ’ shouted the lords bounding from their seats. They straight away prepared a hunt. It was once Robert of Artois who stuck the fox. He threw himself complete size among the desk and received up, keeping the animal at fingers’ size. It tousled and published sharp enamel among black lips. Then Robert slowly closed his arms; the vertebrae have been heard to crack; the fox’s eyes grew to become glassy, and Robert laid the useless animal upon the desk in homage earlier than the Queen. Clémence, who was once maintaining the too-large ring on her finger together with her thumb, requested if it used to be the French customized that the ladies of the relatives will not be attend weddings. It used to be defined to her what had occurred and that those that were coming have been not able to reach in time. ‘But as a minimum, my pricey sister, you wouldn't have had the possibility of seeing my wife,’ stated the count number of Poitiers. ‘And why no longer, brother? ’ Clémence requested, straight away drawn to all he acknowledged and discovering a few trouble in speaking with him. ‘Because she continues to be restricted to the fort of Dourdan,’ responded Philippe of Poitiers. Then turning to the King he stated, ‘Sire, my brother, upon this auspicious day I pray you to elevate the ban imposed upon my spouse Jeanne and to allow me to take her again.

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