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By Maurice Druon

‘This was once 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 could be guaranteed, it really is faraway from so, as Louis embarks on an ill-fated struggle opposed to Flanders.

Where his father, Philip IV, used to be powerful, Louis is vulnerable, and the goals of his proud, profligate barons threaten his strength and the way forward for a state as soon as governed by way of an Iron King.

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He should have heard concerning the nation of our affairs,’ acknowledged Pierre de Cressay. ‘You’ll see, mom, you’ll see, this type of days we will remorse having despatched Guccio away. ’ The younger Lombard used to be nonetheless obtained every now and then on the Manor, the place they pretended to regard him as a pal as they'd performed some time past. The debt of 3 hundred kilos was once nonetheless in being, whereas the curiosity was once nonetheless gathering. additionally, the famine had no longer come to an finish and it was once famous that the financial institution at Neauphle used to be simply supplied with nutrition upon these days while Marie visited it. Jean de Cressay, in an entry of satisfaction, had requested Guccio for an account of the entire meals provided for the final yr and extra; yet, as soon as he had got the invoice, he had overlooked to pay it. And Dame Eliabel persisted to permit her daughter to visit Neauphle as soon as per week, yet merely in corporation along with her servant and taking strict account of the time she spent at the manner. The conferences of the secretly married couple have been as a result infrequent. however the younger servant-girl confirmed herself aware of Guccio’s generosity and, what was once extra, she used to be now not altogether detached to Ricard, the executive clerk. She dreamt of accomplishing a middle-class place, and was once fairly prepared to attend one of the strong-boxes and the bills, hearing the agreeable tinkle of cash within the scales, whereas love was once being hurriedly made at the first ground. those mins, stolen from the watchfulness of the Cressay family members and forbidden through the realm, were first and foremost like islands of sunshine during this unusual marriage, which had no longer but had ten hours of universal life. Guccio and Marie lived upon the reminiscence of those moments for the entire of every week; the splendour in their marriage evening had no longer been belied. At their final conferences, even if, Guccio had remarked a definite distinction in Marie’s angle. Like Dame Eliabel, he too had spotted how unusual the younger woman appeared, and the shadows that have been marked underneath her eyes, and the little blue vein on her temple which aroused his tenderness and on which he beloved to put his lips. He had attributed this alteration to impatience on Marie’s half with the fake place within which they discovered themselves. Happiness, while distilled drop via drop, and consistently clothed in lies, quickly turns into torture. ‘But it's she who desires us to maintain silent,’ he acknowledged to himself. ‘She keeps that her kinfolk won't ever realize the wedding and may have me arrested. And my uncle is of the same opinion with that too. So what are we to do? ’ ‘What are you caring approximately, darling? ’ he requested her on that 3rd day of June. ‘The previous couple of occasions I’ve visible you you’ve appeared much less satisfied. What are you fearful of? you recognize i'm the following to guard you. ’ past the window was once a cherry-tree in blossom, all amurmur with birds and wasps. Marie grew to become to him, and there have been tears in her eyes. ‘Darling,’ she stated, even you can’t safeguard me opposed to what has occurred. ’ ‘What has occurred? ’ ‘Nothing greater than what, via God’s will, should still occur to me via you,’ Marie responded softly with diminished head.

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