The book's characters are colorful and larger than life, but also have depth. The narration is gripping and very much plot-driven, whether a conspiracy to assassinate the King or an exuberant teenager's search for romance are being recounted. The books are very thoroughly researched, with extensive and quite interesting footnotes; however, Druon does not hesitate to fill the silences of history with drama. The narration highlights the centuries-long effort by the French monarchy and especially the Capetian to transform feudalFrance into a Nation-State.
In 1972 a TV miniseries was made out of The Accursed Kings. Sets and costumes were kept minimal, giving the feel of a small theater production.