A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class. Gleeful, naughty, sometimes... show more
From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class. Gleeful, naughty, sometimes perverted-like so many of the crowned heads themselves-A Treasury of Royal Scandals presents the best (the worst?) of royal misbehavior through the ages. From ancient Rome to Edwardian England, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe have excelled at savage parenting, deadly rivalry, pathological lust, and meeting death with the utmost indignity-or just very bad luck.
Publish date: May 1st 2001
Pages no: 324
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, European History
This is a really fun book, lurid and entertaining. Unfortunately, I had to lower the rating because I noted that some of the historical facts about Elizabeth I have been disproved in a number of biographies; I can only imagine how many other inaccuracies there were for the other figures that I am le...
I like weird trivia about everything, particular royals.
Actual rating: 3 1/2 stars This book proves that there really is no new thing under the sun, and that the royalty and religious leaders of the current times have nothing on their historical counterparts when it comes to lewd, lascivious and downright cruel behavior. I'd always known about the ho...
A very interesting collection of scandals from all royal bloodlines. Some are tragic and some are funny. My favorite is the one about the wedding in Russia that had to consummated on a bed of ice.