Royal Pains

Royal Pains

A Rogues' Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds

Book - 2011
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The author of Notorious Royal Marriages presents some of history's boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals.

The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most rotten of apples: über-violent autocrats Vlad the Impaler and Ivan the Terrible literally reigned in blood. Lettice Knollys strove to mimic the appearance of her cousin Elizabeth I and even stole her man. And Pauline Bonaparte scandalized her brother Napoleon by having a golden goblet fashioned in the shape of her breast.

Chock-full of shocking scenes, titillating tales, and wildly wicked nobles, Royal Pains is a rollicking compendium of the most infamous, capricious, and insatiable bluebloods of Europe.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2011
ISBN: 9780451232212
0451232216
Branch Call Number: 940.099 CARROLL
Characteristics: xvii, 391 p. : 21 cm

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Apr 18, 2018

A compendium covering a selection of biographical tales of royal bad seeds, from ancient times to the 20th century, with behaviors ranging from the bratty exploits of Princess Margaret and sexcapades of Napoleon's sister Pauline, to the truly horrific tales of the likes of Vlad the Impaler and Ivan the Terrible. It was an enjoyable airplane read for me, with the chosen personalities diverse and unique in their own particular ways.

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