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Os Venenos da Coroa (Les Rois Maudits #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  2,283 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Apenas alguns meses depois da morte de Filipe, o Belo, os conflitos, as intrigas, os ódios e a luta pelo poder ameaçam submergir a França numa instabilidade devastadora. O legado de três décadas de eficácia administrativa, económica e política escapou-se como água por entre as mãos de Luís X, que permitiu a confrontação entre ministros burgueses e nobres conservadores se s ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published 2006 by Círculo de Leitores (first published 1956)
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I loved The Iron King, the first Accursed Kings novel. The second novel, The Strangled Queen, was not as good, but readable enough.

This book, though- I have no idea what has happened. Has something been lost in translation? Have my tastes changed so quickly? This just didn't feel like a novel to me. I read novels to be told a story. This didn't feel like a story. I didn't like being told to refer to the previous books or endnotes in a story, I didn't like reading page after page with no convers
Elspeth G. Perkin
The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings, Book 3) is another literary gem in the crown of author Maurice Druon's legacy. Simply this is a brilliant series that illustrates sublime research, distinct writing mastery and should not be missed by those who love classic historical fiction. The Poisoned Crown is the third installment of The Accursed Kings series which follows the shattered reigns of the House of Capet. Each novel continues the saga of the previous installment and I would strongly encour ...more
3rd installment in "The Accursed Kings" series.
Princess Clementia arrives at France after a terrible storm at sea (which, among other things she considers to be an ill omen for her marriage) to meet her fiancee king Louis, who meanwhile goes to an ill-fated war against Flanders.
Jeanne of Burgundy, the one sister-in-law of Isabella of France not guilty of adultery, but only of aiding and abetting, is released from her confinement and reunited with her husband Philippe of Poitiers.
Guccio and Marie
This one seems to take more liberties with history than the previous two entries. This tale continues the short reign of Louis X and how in ten short months undid a lot of the work of his predecessor. The questions around Louis' death is explored fully in this chapter. The side story continues with the Lombard banker Guccio's quest to marry the woman he is in love with. This story is almost more interesting than the main story line, since this one demonstrates the absurdity of the nobility to ma ...more
La narrativa de Druon va en crescendo con cada libro que leo de esta saga. No puedo esperar poner mis ojos sobre ‘La Ley de Los Varones'.

He de decir que este libro adictivo me ha hecho ver la historia (quizás historiografía) de un modo distinto, con un estilo particular me he prendado de sus personajes, de Francia y de su historia.
Sara Giacalone
These books are an easy read, full of interesting tidbits (as well as some historical inaccuracies). I like the author's occasional pithy statements and remarks.
Et hop ! Troisième tome, deuxième roi expédié ! La farandole continue !

On suit ici les quelques mois du règne de louis X qui suivent l'exécution de sa première femme. Ce volume est essentiellement centré sur les affaires d'Artois et le tout nouveau couple royal. Mahaut d'Artois et Robert continuent de se mesurer par alliés interposés.

C'est toujours du même niveau : excellent, tant du point de vue de la langue que de l'intrigue, les personnages étant très haut en couleurs (mention spéciale à Spin
“The poisoned crown” by Maurice Druon is the third book in “The Accursed Kings” series and thus continues the story recounted in the previous books—The King of France’s, Louis X’s father “The Iron King” and his adulterous wife Marguerite are now dead, and he is left with the tremendous task of ruling the French Empire. The only problem? Louis X seems more concerned with his family life and his new wife, the beautiful Clemence of Hungary, than he is with ruling the country.

His impulsivity and in
Jinny (
Book number three of The Accursed Kings series. Last we left off, Louis X was still on the throne, his wife had just conveniently left the picture for him, and he was setting his eyes on Princess Clemence of Hungary. Louis had already shown himself to be a bumbling idiot of a king who cannot handle being wrong on anything, so let’s see how he continues to ruin his father’s legacy in this book.

In The Poisoned Crown, Louis successfully becomes betrothed and then, married to Princess Clemence of Hu
Herdis Marie
This series continues to be compelling, and it reminds me why I love historical fiction. The idea that the course of events detailed in this series actually took place (although the characters and dialogue have, naturally, been, at least to a large extent, fictionalised) makes the reading all that more tense and exciting.

I have really found myself falling in love with many of the characters in this series, and I am particularly enamoured of the fact that your allegiance as a reader keeps changin
Austin Guenther
After reading the Iron King (which I absolutely loved) and The Strangled Queen (which I thought was lacking in the qualities of the first) I headed into the third with unexpected expectations.
However I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. The Poisoned Crown brings back all the political intrigue, and evolves the characters into deeper levels. Robert of Artois' quest to reclaim his land from his aunt is growing, and starts to turn into a civil war.
The leaders of France are splitting apart
La historia gira en torno a la segunda parte del reinado de Luis X y cómo con el matrimonio con Clemencia de Hungría cree poder gobernar en paz. Las intrigas por el control del territorio del norte de Francia (el Artois) hacen mella en la política de Luis X que está más preocupado por su sucesor que por esas intrigas e incluso más que por su permanencia en el poder al que incluso han buscado hechizar para matarlo.

Finalmente muere Luis X (no es spoiler, porque incluso en la contraportada del libr
Stephen Richter
I did not really read the book in Spanish. but sometimes Goodreads' "Add a book " function does not present the right options and after a few failed attempts to get the correct option to appear, I gave up. Enough of that rant, what about the book. I am glad I kept up with the series as the main characters are more fleshed out, the book flows much better and the plot thickens. If you are a fan of The Pillars of the Earth you will like this series of historical fiction based on the French history ...more
No es tan bueno como los libros anteriores, sin embargo tiene suficiente drama para ser entretenido.
I didn't think I would ever finish this book. It was almost as awful as The Hutin himself.
Mark Ellis
Absolutely superb as were the two previous volumes in the series. Can't wait to read the fourth.
In an age where life expectancy was very short, it is no wonder that relatives of power schemed on one another. Philip the Fair was a difficult act to follow and his son Louis X, The Hutin, could not be compared. I referred to Louis as weak-willed and weak-witted. The hapless Louis created a laundry list of problems for himself with the help of his relatives. Louis X succeeded in allowing his uncle Charles Valois and cousin , Robert of Artois , to dismantle the somewhat united France put togethe ...more
Druon spins new mystery in there third instalment of The Accursed Kings. With Louis X on the throne, France has started to see his own personal imprint. The reader will remember that Louis faced a marital and queenly dilemma, when his wife was jailed for her adulterous ways. Luckily, a deal could be brokered that saw Clémence of Hungary as a possible new wife, young enough to produce a male heir and not yet spoken for, but coming from a distant branch of Louis' own family. On her journey from Na ...more
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Quando eu tinha uns 14 anos, meu pai me levou numa livraria e duas coisas me chamaram a atenção: A Viajante do Tempo, da Diana Gabaldon e a série Os Reis Malditos, do Maurice Druon. Já tinha lido Cornwell, então eu era bastante apaixonada por romances históricos e eu quis muito ler estes livros. Na época, meu pai não quis me dar nem um nem outro, e fiquei “chupando dedo”. Mas quatro ou cinco anos depois consegui colocar minhas mãos em 5 dos 7 livros da série (e meu pai me deu 2, vai entender) e ...more
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historical fiction set in France - and written in French so this is a translation.

loved it. I know little about medieval French history. This is set just before the start of the Hundred Year's War.

It was written in the 1950s and so some of the text is awkward. And he's pretty heavy-handed with the foreshadowing - but then we know what will happen if we look at history.

Found this because George RR Martin is a big fan of this series. If you like historical fiction and France, this is fantastic!
Luis X es comida de gusanos, y el reino está al borde de la destrucción gracias a sus desaciertos. Al morir el rey no queda heredero varón por lo que la corona puede recaer en el hermano de Luis o el hermano del Felipe el hermoso. Mas intrigas palaciegas, odios, envidias, y guerras intestinas, y como no Roberto de Artois y Mahauth de Artois siguen haciendo las delicias de todos nosotros, con su lucha personal en pos del Condado de Artois.
Rodrigo Campos
Fue un libro demasiado rápido. Los capítulos me parecieron más cortos que los dos libros anteriores, lo bueno que tuvo su buen grado de emoción, creo el autor quiso reflejar el poco tiempo de "felicidad" que tuvo el Rey Luis X, y lo plasmó correctamente.

También es posible que haya sido más rápido porque uno ya conoce a todos los personajes de la historia.

Este libro se quedó completamente en "continuará..." por lo que tendré que empezar a leer lo más pronto posible la cuarta entrega de la saga.
Shane Kiely
More of the same, but when the same is so good if it aint broke don't fix it. Despite my own vague knowledge of the history in question & the historical notes (which the completionist in me compels me to write) giving a good bit away, the book still has a surprising amount of tension. The character of Louis X is quite compelling in that he plays like a tyrant but the subtext offers a degree explanation to account for how he turned out as he did and adds a layer of sympathy to him. The writin ...more
La serie sigue y es cada vez más fascinante. Druon nos platica la Historia como si se tratara de una novela, y esta vez, es una novela policiaca. La condesa Mahaut se transforma en un personaje formidable, no sólo por su tamaño y sus apetitos, sino por la trascendencia que, según Druon, tuvo en el destino de Francia y, quizás, en el de Europa y el mundo. Ambiciosa, decidida, sin escrúpulos, firme en sus odios y en sus amores, no le tembló la mano ni siquiera para asesinar a su primo, el rey de F ...more
Wei Lien Chin
Another solid entry to the Accursed Kings series. While not nearly as politically driven as the last book, which I enjoyed immensely, this one deals mostly with the familial struggles, especially within the Artois branch of the family. My one complaint is that, like the last book, the title of the third book in the series is a giant spoiler -- if you, like me, know nothing about French history. Otherwise, it's another delicious book in the series that continues to up the ante for the characters. ...more
Not sure why Goodreads don't have the English version of this excellent novel up. The title in English is 'The Poisoned Crown'.

This is part 3 of a 6 part series based in 14th century France and it is wonderful stuff, love it to bits, can't wait to start on the next in the series.

Listen, Maurice Druon is the author of the moment for me, that is all there is to say.
I love this series. Whilst it is all 'factual' it is not a heavy read. The books must be read in order and fly under the banner of the Accursed Kings. This is book Three. It is leading up to the Hundred Years War with England. The series inspired The Game of Thrones and has an intro by George RR Martin.
Encore très bon, je n'irais pas jusqu'à dire chef d'oeuvre, mais très plaisante lecture. Suite directe de La Reine Étranglée, les critiques qui valent pour le deuxième valent donc aussi pour le troisième. Les personnes sont intéressant, la prose est très bien (même si un peu pompeuse, bon, je range ça comme une caractèristique de l'époque, autant de l'action que de l'écriture). Pas particulièrement de surprise par contre, aucun réel retournement, l'histoire est bonne, mais assez prévisible. Et p ...more
con trama mas dinámica y con información de avances para la siguiente entrega sin perder la velocidad de muerte y toma de control del terreno enemigo, esta parte es mas disfrutable, con buen desarrollo e ingenio de como presentar la siguiente fase del poder...
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Maurice Druon was born in Paris. He is the nephew of the writer Joseph Kessel, with whom he wrote the Chant des Partisans, which, with music composed by Anna Marly, was used as an anthem by the French Resistance during the Second World War.

In 1948 he received the Prix Goncourt for his novel Les grandes familles. On December 8, 1966, he was elected to the 30th seat of the Académie française, succee
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Other Books in the Series

Les Rois Maudits (7 books)
  • The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, #1)
  • The Strangled Queen (Los Reyes Malditos, #2)
  • La ley de los varones (Los Reyes Malditos, #4)
  • La loba de Francia (Los Reyes Malditos, #5)
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