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The Royal Succession by Maurice Druon
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4.5 stars.

I've waited so long to continue this series, and I was a total fool because The Royal Succession was a fantastic read, probably my favourite so far. I am so glad I got back into this world.

The story was great, it was full of political intrigue, scheming and engaging battles of wits. After Louis X's murder the country is in turmoil, and we mainly follow Philippe of Poitiers as he struggles to gain control, but there is also the storyline of the election of Pope Jean XXII, which was very fascinating.

Philippe might be my favourite character of the series, (view spoiler) Cunning, ambitious and resourceful, his dialogues are always a pleasure to read. It is true that he doesn't have much of a conscience, but he is not as bad as his mother-in-law Mahaut, whose ruthlessness reaches even higher levels in this book. However, she remains one of the most intriguing characters, and she reminds me more and more of Olenna Tyrell from ASOIAF.

The secondary plotline of Guccio and Marie (view spoiler)
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Reading Progress

July 30, 2015 – Shelved
July 30, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
July 30, 2015 – Shelved as: owned
January 1, 2017 – Shelved as: challenge-scaffale-traboccante
September 27, 2017 – Started Reading
September 29, 2017 –
page 150
42.61%
October 1, 2017 – Finished Reading
October 13, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
October 13, 2017 – Shelved as: challenge-monografia
October 13, 2017 – Shelved as: france
October 13, 2017 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
October 13, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed
October 13, 2017 – Shelved as: read-in-english

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