Sex with the queen : 900 years of vile kings, virile lovers, and passionate politics / Eleanor Herman.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-311) and index.
    • Other Titles:
      900 years of vile kings, virile lovers, and passionate politics. Nine hundred years of vile kings, virile lovers, and passionate politics.
    • ISBN:
      0060846739 (alk. paper)
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LJ Reviews 2006 June #1

The author of Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge returns with her next catchy title. It was not easy being a royal princess, as Herman makes clear with tale after tale of weeping brides being forced to marry extraordinarily unappetizing princes. Sixteen-year-old Sophia Dorothea of Celle fainted when she met her bridegroom, "a dolt, unprepossessing in appearance, intelligence, and character.… George Louis was known as 'the pig snout' in Hanover." Other brides faced grooms variously described as "impotent," "an alcoholic imbecile," "a whoremonger," "a transvestite," or worse. Most of these women were humiliated and many were abused by their husbands. Small wonder, then, that they fell in love with the first man who was kind to them and didn't drool, but such liaisons rarely turned out well for the unfortunate princesses or their lovers. Only those women lucky enough to reign in their own right were generally able to get away with numerous affairs (e.g., Catherine the Great) or intense platonic friendships (e.g., Queen Victoria). While not an essential purchase, this is a fascinating and witty read, sure to be enjoyed by those interested in the private lives of Royals.--Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., MA

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