Paris - French author Maurice Druon, a former culture minister and fighter for France's World War II resistance movement, died Tuesday aged 90, the Academie francaise announced. Druon, author of numerous novels, was hailed by President Nicolas Sarkozy as "grand scribe and a grand soul."He is best known for Les Rois Maudits, or The Accused Kings, a series of historical novels ( Read more... )
When I was a teenager I used to devour his "Accursed Kings" series. Between him and Alexander Duma Sr. I used to know most of the French dynasty starting with Philip the Fair. There was just something exciting and profoundly sad in his stories of the French Kings. Unlike Duma, who tended to prefer a more dramatic approach, Druon painted his novels in a more historically correct light. I have an anniversary edition of some of his books, but he detailed the fall of the French Capetian dynasty until the third Valois king took over.