Category: Bookish

Screen to Screen: The Accursed Kings

I probably love the 2005 French mini-series adaptation of The Accursed Kings better than the book

In what I promise (sort of) is my last swipe at the end of Game of Thrones, the 2005 French mini-series adaptation of Maurice Druon’s The Accursed Kings series is a prime example of the benefit of having a completed book series to adapt. Hindsight allowed series director Josée Dayan and writer Anne-Marie Catois to make well thought out choices about what to keep and what to change. Their choices were validated by the viewership. The mini-series was a huge hit when it was broadcast in France.

But that’s not to say they played it safe. Indeed, some of the directorial choices were exceptionally “out there” for a period piece. While that might turn some people off, I loved it!


Spotlight on The Accursed Kings, Part III

The last three books of the epic medieval historical series, The Accursed Kings, goes to some strange places. It’s impossible to discuss properly without spoilers, so be warned – as much as seven hundred year old events can be spoiled!

Once again, with each review, I’ll also dig into which Game of Thrones fans would enjoy each novel the most.


Spotlight on The Accursed Kings, Part II

It’s time for mini-reviews, with a Game of Thrones twist.

Following on my last post, introducing the historical fiction series The Accursed Kings, let’s dive into the individual books, starting with the first four.

I know, I originally said three, but as I reconsider these novels, I realize how closely linked in plot and theme the first four are compared to the later novels.

I’m going to give each one a mini-review, similar to my Reading List recommendations posts. In keeping with the Game of Thrones connection, I’ll call out which GoT fans (the TV series, not A Song of Ice and Fire) fit each novel best.


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