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I Know It Had "King" in the Title . . .

Hundreds of historical novels have "king" or "queen" in the title, but without seeing the cover or description, how do you know which monarch a book's about? Miss Moppet and other members have compiled this list to help you.
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Post by annis » Sun November 7th, 2010, 4:21 pm

The Druid King by Norman Spinrad

Who is the king? Vercingetorix, 1st century BC Gallic chieftain

Is he the main character? Yes

Other titles? No
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The Iron King by Maurice Druon

Who is the king? Philip IV (the Fair) of France

Is he the main character? Yes

Other titles? Le Ro de fer in the original French
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King in Splendour by George Shipway

Who is the king? Agamemnon of Mycenae

Is he the main character? Yes.

Other titles? No
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King of the Wood by Valerie Anand

Who is the king? William Rufus

Is he the main character? The main character is a young Norman knight, Ralph des Aix

Other titles? No.
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Harold the King by Helen Hollick

Who is the king? Harold Godwinsson, Harold II of England

Is he the main character? Yes

Other titles? Reissued as I Am The Chosen King
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Robin and the King by Parke Godwin

Who is the king? William I

Is he the main character? No, Edward “RoninHood” Danby is the main character

Other titles? The Return to Nottingham
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The King's Crusader by John Jakes

Who is the king? Richard the Lionheart

Is he the main character? No, main character is the minstrel Blondel de Nesle

Other titles? No.
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Post by annis » Sun November 7th, 2010, 4:28 pm

Posted by Sonja Marie
With a few people entering titles there's bound to be repeats at times.
Miss Moppet set up an index at the start of the Queen thread, listed by author in alphabetical order - quite useful for checking if anyone else had already entered the title you were going to add. Don't know if BB can be bothered doing the same here?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sun November 7th, 2010, 5:05 pm

[quote=""annis""]Posted by Sonja Marie


Miss Moppet set up an index at the start of the Queen thread, listed by author in alphabetical order - quite useful for checking if anyone else had already entered the title you were going to add. Don't know if BB can be bothered doing the same here?[/quote]

I can get one started, but I doubt I'll have the time to keep it up. If people could add titles as they go along, that would be great.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun November 7th, 2010, 6:41 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I can get one started, but I doubt I'll have the time to keep it up. If people could add titles as they go along, that would be great.[/quote]

Too bad we can't edit the post you started, only you can do that.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sun November 7th, 2010, 6:45 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Too bad we can't edit the post you started, only you can do that.

SM[/quote]

Whoops, true! Well, I've started an index, so I'll add to it as time permits. It's up to date at the moment.
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Post by princess garnet » Sun November 7th, 2010, 8:12 pm

The Shadow King by Jane Stevenson
Who's the king? Balthasar Stuart, secret son of Elizabeth of Bohemia and Pelagius, an exiled West African prince who spent years in slavery before arriving in Holland.
Main character? Yes. However playwright Aphra Behn has a secondary role in the story
Other titles: The Pretender (in the UK)

Note: the main character (and his father) is fictional. The author didn't note that in this novel or its prequel The Winter Queen
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Post by annis » Mon November 8th, 2010, 5:05 am

The Kings in Winter by Cecelia Holland

Who ate the kings? Brian Boru, High King of Ireland v. Mael Morda, King of Leinster and Sytrigg Silkbeard, King of Dublin

Are they the main characters? Significant, but the main character is Muirtagh, chieftain of the small and outcast O'Cullinane clan.

Other titles? No

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Post by Tanzanite » Mon November 8th, 2010, 4:02 pm

These lists are very bad... :D :D

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed November 10th, 2010, 3:43 am

Mistress Of The Sun King by Sandra Dubay

Who is the king in the title? Louis XIV

Is he the main character? No. Athenais de Montespan is, his mistress

Has this book been published under a different title? Not that I know of.

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Post by Kveto from Prague » Wed November 10th, 2010, 6:18 am

[quote=""annis""]The Kings in Winter by Cecelia Holland

Who ate the kings? Brian Boru, High King of Ireland v. Mael Morda, King of Leinster and Sytrigg Silkbeard, King of Dublin

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I hope they didnt get indigestion :-)

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