Sex With the Queen

Sex With the Queen

900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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In royal courts bristling with testosterone--swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals--how did repressed regal ladies find happiness?

Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded. Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered and ruled the Russian empire with a long list of sexy young favorites. Marie Antoinette fell in love with the handsome Swedish count Axel Fersen, who tried valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine. Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to enjoy countless love affairs, which tragically led to her early death.

In this impeccably researched, scandalously readable follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what has historically gone on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir.

Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060846749
9780061171369
0061171360
9780060846732
0060846739
Branch Call Number: 940.099 HERMAN
Characteristics: xii, 322 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.

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Sep 06, 2017

A fascinating look at royal romance down the centuries, from the woman's side of the coin. All kinds of intriguing tales you've probably never heard before, as well as the more commonly heard stories of royal love gone wrong. It's amazing to see the wide variety of unpleasant side effects that may occur from attempting to marry strategically; ending up harnessed to a spouse whom at best may be a bit dull to one with filthy personal habits, mental illness, or worse, and attempting to perform one's duty of conceiving a legitimate heir with someone you are genuinely repelled by. It's not surprising that so many imperial rulers took lovers, preferring to spend their time with someone they might actually like vs. the totally unsuitable partner they are stuck with, which frequently resulted in empires not necessarily being run by the one who actually wore the crown. I found it engrossing from beginning to end.

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