A Treasury of Royal Scandals

A Treasury of Royal Scandals

The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors

Book - 2001
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Penguin Putnam
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.

Baker & Taylor
Profiles the lives and convoluted relations of notorious rulers including Catherine the Great, King George III, and Joanna the Mad.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780140280241
Branch Call Number: 305.5222 FAR
Characteristics: xiv, 323 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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bookfanatic1979 Oct 22, 2013

Good grief. If you’re looking for the National Enquirer version of a history book, look no further. I mean that with all due respect to the author. This book gets down and dirty to expose all sorts of sordid little details. Insanity, inbreeding, incest, and incivility are just the tip of the iceberg. With rulers like these, it’s a wonder that any of the countries mentioned survived to modern times.


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