The Strangled Queen (The Accursed Kings, Book 2)
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‘This was the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin
The King is dead. Long live the King.
Philip IV is dead and his great kingdom is in disarray. It seems the fatal curse of the Templars is plaguing the royal house of France.
His son has been enthroned as Louis X; but with his disgraced wife Marguerite imprisoned in the Chateau Gaillard for her adultery, Louis can produce no heir with which to secure the succession. But neither can he marry again while she lives…
The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the court of the Iron King continues to draw in his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues apace.
pronounced the formula which officially marked the change of reign: ‘The King is dead! Long live the King!’ After him, all present repeated: ‘The King is dead! Long live the King!’ And the cry from a hundred throats resounded from bay and arch and pillar and re-echoed among the high vaults. The Prince with the lack-lustre eyes, narrow shoulders and hollow chest who, at this moment, had become Louis X, felt a curious sensation in the nape of his neck, as if stars were bursting there. His whole
he was beginning to express concern about Louis’s coronation, which could not take place till the following summer, for the Abbot of Saint-Denis had besides the guardianship of the royal tombs, the keeping of the banner of France, which was brought out when the King went to war, and the guardianship of the instruments and vestments of coronation. The Count of Valois wished to know whether all was in order: was the great mantle in need of repair? Were the caskets for transporting the sceptre, the
he replied, ‘and I have been thinking of it ever since this morning, when the courier woke me on his way to Criquebœuf and Rouen.’ ‘During the seven months of my imprisonment here I have had insufficient linen, no furniture or sheets; I have eaten the same gruel as your archers and I have but one hour’s firing a day.’ ‘I have obeyed Messire de Nogaret’s orders, Madam,’ replied Bersumée. ‘Messire de Nogaret is dead.’2 ‘He sent me the King’s instructions.’ ‘King Philip is dead.’ Seeing where
Court, that Marguerite of Burgundy was dead and, as a last piece of evidence against Marigny, the letter she had written from her prison and sent to the King was produced. ‘She has been murdered!’ Marigny cried. But the men who were guarding him had suddenly pulled him down, while Jean d’Asnières completed his indictment with this new evidence. In vain had King Edward II of England intervened with a message, endeavouring to put pressure upon his brother-in-law of France to spare the late
best. I know, too, that my nephew wishes to give some reward to Henriet de Meudon, who opens his baskets of doves and whom he calls huntsman. Oh, and don’t forget that thirty-five thousand pounds of the revenues of the County of Beaumont are due to Monseigneur of Artois. I think this is the moment to give him some of it, if not all.’ ‘The King will have to make expensive presents to his new wife,’ continued the Chancellor, ‘and he seems to have decided, in his present state of amorousness, upon