By Maurice Druon
The King is lifeless. lengthy stay the King. With King Philip IV lifeless, and the dominion left in disarray, because the deadly curse of the Templars plagues the royal residence of France. Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into shame. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither inheritor nor spouse. the net of scandal, homicide and intrigue that after wove itself round the Iron King keeps to afflict his descendants, because the destruction of his dynasty keeps by the hands of destiny.
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They passed racks where the deer came to feed; the great stags lifted their heads and kept watch, but made no move to escape. They behaved like cattle, and it didn’t seem much like hunting to go out and take post on a wooden platform, with a high-powered rifle and telescopic sight, and have beaters drive such creatures in front of you. When Lanny’s father went after game it was in the Canadian wilderness, where the moose were not stall-fed; or out in the Rockies, where mountain sheep ran like the devil, leaping over boulders high up among the clouds.
Those for whom there were no seats packed themselves around the walls. ” In their happy land, so favored by God, peace and order prevailed, and every man and woman cherished the sacred flame of loyalty in his heart. The applause which followed seemed to indicate that Seine Hochgeboren was completely justified in his faith. Lanny was not bored, because these were Kurt’s people, and he was interested to watch their faces and their costumes. Next day the Comptroller-General went to report to his employer upon the state of affairs.
This time Captain Bragescu would be the lucky one. The guns were all right, of course, and the Rumanian army would be safe from the Bulgarians and able to capture the rebel mountaineers and collect the taxes. It would last until morning, and she would sleep there and return later. Lanny settled himself to the reading of a well-worn novel which somebody had picked up on a bookstall and left in the house. By next morning he was nearly through with it and, sitting in the warm sunshine of the court, with narcissus beds around him and a huge bougainvillaea throwing a purple mantle over the kitchen porch, he yearned to have been born in a slum, so that he might be so generous and kindhearted and hard-working and helpful to everybody around him.