The Poisoned Crown (1955) by Maurice Druon

“The Iron King” and “The Strangled Queen” focused primarily on courtly intrigue and politics, with a chapter about young Guccio occasionally peppered in, but “The Poisoned Crown” focuses so much on Guccio that the ratio feels flipped. The monarchy feels like the subplot here, with Guccio’s adventures the “main” story of the book. I was…