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The Iron King - DRUON, Maurice

Rupert Hart-Davis, 1956, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges, several nicks and chips with a little loss, an overall soiled appearance. Leans. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Edges of text block spotted.

Philip IV of France, the Iron King, was calm, implacable, beautiful in face and figure. He was the true founder of the centralised French state, and there was no horror he would not commit in its name. His reign (1285- 1314) marks the end of the high Middle Ages. He was the scourge of the papacy, which he transplanted from Rome to Avignon, and of the French feudal system, which he subjected to the royal power. His court seethed with intrigue, adultery, vengeance, hatred and far-reaching malice. And out of the consequent plots and counter-plots came the seeds of the Hundred Years' War. 269pp. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Translated by Humphrey Hare. Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.

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