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The Lily and The Lion by Maurice Druon
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it was amazing

Well much too much happened in this book. Suffice it to say I am not going to reveal the details of what Robert of Artois, King Jean, Mahut and Beatrice d'Hirson get up to in this book. It would spoil the fun! Needless to say ownership of Artois is still a central plot element. And the Valois monarchs are no more cognizant of the importance of this province in their future (if they are to have one at all) than their Capetian predecessors.Pope John XXII still has an impact as do the Lombard banking family from Sienna. This is a marvelous read.

Unfortunately this book more or less ends the series (there is a seventh book, with a different style and written later). Druon's theme is that while strong men resolve tragedies, it is the weak, self centered narcissists that cause them. In the "Accused Kings" series Druon takes France at the height of its power during the Middle Ages and then depicts its decline with Crecy, Poitiers, and Agincourt looming in the not so distant future. There are a plethora of lessons here and not just about French history.

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Reading Progress

August 30, 2016 – Shelved
August 30, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
June 24, 2017 – Started Reading
July 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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