I frankly think most of the better-known real life stories about such "moonlightings" are unproven myths, so I'm going to keep it straight to fiction:
1. Arthur Conan Doyle: A Scandal in Bohemia and The Illustrious Client
Representatives of the British government and nobility ordinarily don't have a problem showing up in Holmes's rooms in their own person, but when it comes to royalty, things are different: The King of Bohemia initially shows up pretending to be a certain Count Von Kramm (OK, still nobility, but from a hereditary king's perspective, almost as lowly as a commoner); and while we never actually learn the identity of the "illustrious client" sending an emissary to Holmes in the other story, Watson implies at the end that the client in question was none other than King Edward VII.
2. Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters
A switcheroo turning a prince into an actor and, eventually, the Duke's fool into the new ruler. Also one of the funniest books in the entire Discworld series (and a brilliant spoof on Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet).
3. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
Aragorn, rightful heir to the throne of Gondor, bides his time as a ranger for the better part of the trilogy.
4. Mark Twain: The Prince and the Pauper
Henry VIII's son, Prince Edward VI, and a young boy named Tom Canty switch places for a while, and the experience of being exposed to Tom's miserable life and the brutality of his alcoholic father has (as Twain would have it) a salutary effect on Edward's understanding of class issues and sense of justice, once he is crowned king.
5. C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy
The titular "Boy" is Shasta, who has grown up as a fisherman's son, but after escaping from his ruffian adoptive father and numerous subsequent adventures is eventually revealed as the son and heir to the king of one of Narnia's neighboring countries.
6. Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen
Evil princess massacres her mother (the queen) and her entire court; thus her "poor cousin" (who is actually next in line for the throne) hides with a band of gladiators, learns to fight, and eventually faces down the evil princess to take her throne for herself.
7. William Shakespeare: As You Like It, Pericles, The Winter's Tale, and Cymbeline
In As You Like It, Rosalind, the exiled daughter of the regining duke (Duke Senior) masquerades as a page for the better part of the play.
In Pericles, the titular Prince of Tyre's daughter Marina is kidnapped and sold to the owners of a brothel (where she manages to keep her virginity by lecturing the customers on their sinful ways ... sigh. Really, Will?)
In The Winter's Tale, the Sicilian royal couple's daughter Perdita is raised by a shepherd who has found her bundled up as a baby after she had been abducted from the palace.
In Cymbeline, the eponymous king's daughter Imogen also disguises as a page at one point.
1. Dorothy L. Sayers: Have His Carcase
A commoner is bamboozled into falsely believing himself a member of the House of Romanov.
2. Alexandre Dumas: The Man in the Iron Mask; and Anthony Hope: The Prisoner of Zenda
The rightful heir to the throne is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger (but the kidnapped royal is not passed off as a commoner).
3. Roman Holiday (movie)
I'm not much into romance, but Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are such a treat they just have to make an appearance on this list.
(Task: Towards the end of the 17th century, there was a Russian apprentice carpenter and shipwright going by the name Peter Mikhailov in the Dutch town of Zaandam (and later in Amsterdam), who eventually turned out to be none other than Tsar Peter the Great, whose great interest in the craft would become pivotal to his programs for the build-up of the Russian navy and naval commerce.
So: Tell us about a favorite book, either nonfiction history (demonstrably true facts, please, no conspiracy theories or unproven conjecture) or fiction – all genres, not limited to historical fiction –, dealing with a member of royalty “moonlighting” as a commoner.)
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by royalty. Real ones like Queen Elizabeth II, who is such an incredible woman and a total hero of mine (not to mention, as a proud Australian and member of the Commonwealth, my monarch) but also the not-so-real ones. Those found in fairytales. Romances. Narnia.
While most little girls dreamed about being princesses, in the fantasy of my imagination I was a prairie girl—funny, really, because my name is Hebrew for “princess.” I watched all of the Disney movies and read endlessly, so I had a passing familiarity with fairy tales, but the life of royalty never appealed to me as something I would welcome. Too much attention, too many restrictions, having to dress up and entertain…no thanks! Finery and lavish living don’t entice me at all. I will admit that being able to have a gorgeous library for my vast collection of books would be wonderful, though! That aside, however, I gravitate toward frontier fiction and add a few imperial reads for spice. In this case, I’m glad that I did!
As a debut novel, “Heart of a Royal” swept me off my feet. Hannah Currie crafts a beautiful beginning to the Daughters of Peverell series, and I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to. Although it is primarily a romance, there is also plenty of humor as well as some somber scenes. Even the cover evokes uncertainty and refinement. The interplay between the characters was well done, and although the major plotline itself was for the most part predictable, its execution and details did contain several twists. Mackenna (Kenna) Sparrow narrates the tale in the first person, and from the first line, I liked her. As more or less a companion to Princess Alina, she has lived her entire childhood with the same privileges, but that ends with Alina’s engagement: “For almost eighteen years, I’ve lived the life of a princess. It’s time I stopped pretending to be someone I’m not”. Kenna is much more down to earth and sensible than Alina, with an empathetic nature and compassionate heart. In some ways, Prince Thoraben (Ben) seems too good to be true, although more of his disposition becomes clear later in the narrative. Ashe’s roguish yet caring personality makes him shine. I was a bit disappointed that Kenna’s parents did not feature into the story much, especially given the decisions they made in her life.
Intended for a teen and young adult audience, “Heart of a Royal” is suitable for older readers as well. While there is some angst, I did not think that it was overdone, and this is a clean Christian story that promotes faith and traditional values. I will confess that there were many times during the narrative when I wondered how Mackenna could be so blind as to not recognize the love being bestowed upon her, but then I realized that we do the same thing. How often do we not realize God’s love for us, even after we are saved? Sadly, we, too, doubt the One who has never left us and who never will. Yet His arms are always open to welcome us home, and if we will take Him at His word and trust Him, as Kenna learns, “All will be well.”
I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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I am headed to find out how things progress for Dragon Royalty with an outlaw king, a reluctant queen and a hidden world is exposed! Enjoy and don't forget to add FEEL THE BURN - the 4th book in the Dragon Royalty series by Terri A. Wilson!
An outlaw king. A reluctant queen. A hidden world exposed.
Remington Montgomery didn’t ask for Fate to screw with his life. But Fate is a fickle mistress. Now he’s on the run accused of a crime he didn’t commit. This wasn’t how his life was supposed to be. Who wants to follow a king that can’t even follow the law.
Dai Ito wants to believe her mate. In her heart, she knows he isn’t capable of doing what they said. But a thread of doubt weaves itself through her mind and she finds it hard to defend the man she thought she knew. It doesn’t help that her friends and family are hiding a secret.
Dai doesn’t want to serve alone. But would it be better to serve by herself than serve with a man she can’t trust? Does Remington have enough love for them both? Now, an old enemy threatens to destroy their traditions and will stretch Remi’s and Dai’s love to the point that it might break.
He didn’t ask Fate to screw with his life, but now Remington Montgomery is on the run accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Who wants a king that can’t even follow the law? In her heart, Dai knows her mate isn’t capable of what doing what they said, but a thread of doubt weaves itself into her mind and it doesn’t help that her friends and family are hiding a secret. Would it be better to serve by herself than with a man she can’t trust? An old enemy threatens to destroy their traditions and Remi and Dai’s love will be stretched to the point that it may break.
This part of the Dragon Royalty serial is chock full of twists and turns that keeps the adrenaline pumping and the heart pounding as readers grip their books tight in suspense. Remi and Dai’s relationship is experiencing some major emotional turbulence as they struggle with everything that is happening around them and readers can’t help but wonder if they will every reach a happily ever after.
The plot is face paced with the suspense and excitement building throughout not only regard to Remi and Dai but also the other characters involved and with enemies that have their own agendas, it’s hard for anyone to know who to trust. For the readers that have been following all the plans for the royal wedding of the year don’t want to miss this episode because there is a couple of OMG twists that just may change everything in this thrilling romance.
FEEL THE BURN is the 4th book in the DRAGON ROYALTY series.
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Terri is a former English teacher and librarian. She taught middle and high school and college. Now she works from home homeschooling her two daughters and living out her dreams via her stories. She began escaping into books a little later than most but was hooked after the first book she read. It has been her dream to give back to the book world since she was in second grade.
When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys binging on Netflix and painting. Due to her crunchy lifestyle and free spirit, she considers herself a recycled hippie. Her most important goal is to help others jump and learn to fly.
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Prince Owin has come to take his turn in the search to solve his quest. The King will send him on his way with minimal resources and he must solve the quest to get the prize. Along the way, he only has his bodyguard as company.
Grimm is the most alpha of the alpha's, since he too is of royal blood. Having been assigned to the Prince, he finds it hard to take that he does not appreciate the canine creatures with which he has been surrounded.
Together, these characters go on a short but simple journey. There is some magical surprises and more creatures to be found. The characters are both fun and playful in their own ways. Such a sweet and yet sexy read. I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!