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Lupoaica Franţei

(The Accursed Kings #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,413 ratings  ·  200 reviews
Crime, războaie şi trădări, minciuni şi senzualitate, prăbuşirea unei mari dinastii şi intrigile politice care au influenţat decisiv istoria Franţei.

O evadare din Turnul Londrei. O revoltă condusă de o regină pentru a-și alunga de pe tron propriul soț. O crimă atroce săvârșită asupra unui suveran. Întemnițat de Eduard al II-lea al Angliei, Roger Mortimer evadează, găsind
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 6th 2014 by Litera (first published 1959)
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Kalliope


The beginning of the fifth volume in Druon’s series Les Rois Maudits is a bit disconcerting. So far, the volumes were roughly consecutive, but this time there is a jump of about five years and we also change countries. We are now in England.

I guess historical fiction is a bit like journalism – the hideous make better stories. The previous volume ended with the coronation of Philippe V, after he retrieved and manipulated an old law that prevented women to access the throne. But since Druon thinks
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Roman Clodia
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite in this series to date, Druon skips forward so that Charles IV is now on the French throne but the central emphasis is on his sister Isabella, the English queen, who we met briefly in book one plotting with Robert of Artois to bring down her adulterous sisters-in-law. Ironically, now it's Isabella's troubled marriage to Edward II which is under the spotlight and her affair with Mortimer, long-time enemy of Edward.

There's more 'real' history in this book and less of the soap opera s
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Claire
Another excellent part in this series. The relations between the English king and his wife get worse and at the same time problems between the king and his nobles deteriorate fast.
Some of the main characters of England flee to the parts of France in the hands of the English, hoping for the support of the french crown.
In the meantime everyone, nobles, bankers and clergy are setting up intrigues in a way most fantasy books can only dream of.
Geoff Boxell
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five down - two to go.
I am really enjoying re-reading Druon's series about the French royalty in the 14thC.
Quirky style, but a very entertaining read.
Sud666
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Five of the Accursed Kings turns to the reign of the French King Charles IV, while in England the weak rule of Edward II continues. But this book is more about Edward's wife- Isabella. She is the daughter of Philip the Fair and sister to Charles.

In light of the power granted to the Despenser family by Edward II (Hugh the Younger was his lover), Isabella goes to France for an "extended visit" fearing for her welfare and the life of her son- Edward III. In France she runs into the deeply embi
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Gabrielle
Poor Isabelle… In the "Iron King", we were introduced to a beautiful, cold, lonely queen. Far from her home and her family, married to a man who is not interested in women, who mistreats her, steals from her… Is it any wonder she eventually betrayed him? After all, she was Philippe the Fair's child, and had his strength and keen political mind… The fifth episode of the "Accursed Kings" saga takes us across the English Channel, to the court of Edward II. The King has imprisoned Roger Mortimer, Lo ...more
Elena
2.5 stars.

Definitely my least favourite in the series so far. I am sad, not only because the book before this was my favourite, but also because, while I enjoyed all the previous novels, I struggled with this one.

I think my main problem was that my favourite characters were (view spoiler). I was also disappointed in Isabella's characterization: while I loved her when she defied her husband and the Despensers in
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Matt
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a few very poignant and highly dramatic few novels, Druon pushes the story forward, through a handful of less than problematic years, while showing that the Templar curse is strong. Another king, another early death, leaving Charles IV to assume the throne, the third brother to do so after the tumultuous death of Philippe V. Druon's focus moves across the Channel, if only for a brief time, to show how France's actions spread outside of their own borders. While readers have revelled in the ...more
Patricia
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the best book in this series so far. I love the entire series, but this one is about a Capetian female queen, Isabella, married to Edward II of England who prefers men. It continues to follow the line of kings following Phillip the Fair in France, but sidetracks to cover Isabella when Charles IV is a fairly lackluster leader. We also get to catch up on the Lombard moneylenders, the posthumous-King, and the romance between Guccio and Maria.

But most of the book is about Isabella, and
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Will Chin
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going into The She-Wolf, the fifth book in Maurice Druon's The Accursed Kings series, I had my expectations under control. The Royal Succession is my favourite book in the series thus far, and it is a TOUGH act to follow. All the scheming and backstabbing are amped up in book four, and Druon held nothing back with the hard punches. So, as the follow-up act, The She-Wolf was already at a slight disadvantage. However, I really wanted to read about Isabella of France (the She-Wolf), and I was hopin ...more
Stephen Richter
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Written in the late fifties and early sixties, and translated from the original French editions. Book Five focuses on Queen Isabelle ( The She Wolf) sister to the French King and wife of the English King Edwards. It is best if you know a little about the time span that makes up the "100 Years War" . The writing suffers a bit from its age, but still a good tale if you want to learn more about French History.
Bou
Philip V of France has died and has been succeeded by Charles IV. His sister, Queen Isabella, is with her lover Roger Mortimer and her son Edward III at his court. Roger Mortimer invades England and deposes Edward II, who is succeeded by Edward III. Meanwhile, a boy is growing up in Crecy.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I have enjoyed the Maurice Druon "Cursed Kings" series (though I must admit that my memories of the French TV drama warm my heart and drive my liking for the books). This, "The She Wolf", the 5th in the series continues to be an easy yet entertaining read. The scene shifts to the incompetent rule of Edward II in England, his mistreatment of his wife Isabella, and the rebellion of Mortimer. If you're familiar with English History then the story is straightforward. The book has its over-the-top me ...more
Jessica Cassidy
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Rosemary
I wasn't as enamored of this book in the series as some of the others. Part of that may be that the intrigues were too diffuse, or that I know the story of Edward II, Isabella, and Mortimer too well. Or that I interrupted my reading about half-way through and read 4 other books in the interim.

Or it could be that I find the Capetian Royal House of France BORING. Yes, yes, I know--how can I find all that backstabbing, petty jealousies, infanticide, and corruption boring? After all, am I not a devo
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Andrei Roibu
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the read starts a bit monotonous, the progression of the novel becomes really interesting by shifting the focus of the novel from medieval France to medieval England. This comes as a breath of fresh air to the read which was risking falling into monotony after the previous 4 novels. Now the story takes an interesting shift and an heir to the late king Philippe le Bel emerges.
Heather
The title in English is "She-Wolf of France". I have read more than my fair share of books on Isabella and Edward II, but I was still engaged by this author's treatment of the period. This series continues to impress.
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Eh, my least favorite of this series so far.
Kathryn
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read it a few years ago and loathed it, absolutely loathed it.

I'll begin with a few things that I did like. The list of characters at the beginning is very helpful, and I like the system of 'Historical Notes' at the end of the novel, even if they're not always totally accurate (I don't know why the younger Despenser's claim to the earldom of Gloucester was 'fantastic'). As for the characters, I liked seeing the earl of Kent in Gascony in 1324 - normally Kent never appears in Edward II novels unt
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Augusto Bernardi
These books seem to be consistently good but also not quite there yet to be perfect. They start off great with potential for great plot twists and epic dark endings but somehow get caught up in boring rushed politics. This book also doesn't really have any real protagonist despite the title of the book. All in all this one was unique because I think it was more of a romance or drama than anything else. I thoroughly enjoyed many scenes.

Roger Mortimer, baron of wigham in jail in the tower of Londo
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Adam  McPhee
This one wasn't as good. The stuff about the English felt like an overlong detour from the Valois/Artois stuff, though by the end you do feel somewhat sympathetic for both Isabella and Edward II. The early cannon siege warfare and the English getting their asses kicked by Scottish guerrillas was pretty cool. RIP Charles, Count of Valois, didn't think I would feel sorry for the bicch.


It's getting real: (view spoiler)
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Miriam Stern
Sep 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, this book falls into the "I didn't like it" category. Although, very well written and related to English History (which is ALWAYS fascinating), I didn't like Maurice Druon's narration for this particular volume.

Isabella of France is meant to be a legendary figure, a strong woman, sometimes accused of being downright manipulative. Hence her nickname, the She-Wolf. With Druon's novel she is more the "She-Pup". In the book, she is a lovesick puppy, obsessed with Roger Mortimer, with
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Elle
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a terribly sad book.
Terri
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really a 5 in enjoyment, but I try to reserve 5 for exceptionally good writing.
Samuel Rooke
“The She-Wolf of France” skips years ahead from the last “Accursed Kings” novel, and focuses heavily enough on so many new characters and conflicts that it feels like a new, separate movement in the series compared to the first four books. After all the events of the last book, and presumably the lack of history Druon was enthused to write about in the intervening years, I think making the book disconnected from, and quite a while after, the first four book’s events was a smart choice. Although ...more
Melinda
History is so full of drama, backstabbing and trouble. For sure there is never a dull moment when it comes the royal houses.

While I enjoyed the intrigues, dealings and inner workings of those who serve the royals, I felt like I didn't get to connect or get to know the people we are reading. Like I did not feel a connection with Edward II, Queen Isabella, Roger Mortimer, etc. Sure I'm reading about them and what happened to them but I don't feel like I get to know them or those around them well e
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Danial Nassirnia
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
It says a lot about this book and this series that, despite my inability to find time to read this book through-out the last couple of years, I still managed to remember the direction of the plot, it's important characters, and the events leading up to it.

The She-Wolf manages to maintain the quick-pace of the previous book, whilst expanding it's scope greatly by intertwining the French political affairs with the English court an it's goings-on; and adding new characters and conflicts to an alrea
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Lexy
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially I thought I had skipped a book in the series - at the end of book 4, Philippe V had just been crowned but by book 5 he's already dead and Charles IV is on the throne. Philippe V's reign is only briefly dealt with in the prologue of this book.

The reign of Charles IV must also have been pretty dull, because this book focused predominantly on events in England during the reign of Edward II, including his wife Isabella (Charles IV's sister) - also known as "the she-wolf of France" - fleei
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Gonzalo Rodriguez Garcia
The beginning of the book was quite shocking (little I knew what was coming). Charles rules France? What happened to Philip? Druon very succinctly says some-thing like “It not a bad king, as far as kings go, therefore we will not waste ink on him, on to the juicy parts!” That means Isabella, who I think had not much of an appearance since The Iron King. We find her much changed: with her heart hardened due to a husband who has abandoned her in every way, and ready to fight for herself.
It is diff
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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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