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Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

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    Doomed Queens Is a Tragic Comedy!

    I purchased this book on a whim because the title and the cover art were so intriguing. I had never read any of Waldherr's work... and now I can't wait to add her books to my library!

    Doomed Queens is a fascinating look at a myriad of women who had wealth, power, and everything a woman could want -- except security. Victims of arranged marriages, their husbands' whims, and other such ploys, these women often became pawns in the male struggle for wealth, fame, and power.

    Even though the title suggests morbid reading, the book is actually quite delightful. The stories are brief (one or two pages) and the illustrations (sketched by Waldherr) are incredible. Just when one thinks things are getting way too tragic, Waldherr brings in some humor to "lighten things up." There is a healthy balance of tragedy and comedy.

    The book is filled with interesting sidebars, fun quizzes, and tongue-in-cheek "morals-to-the-story." A symbol at the beginning of each story helps the reader identify the woman's fate. Oh, yes, and then there are the paper dolls!

    Truly a delightful book, this is worth the read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

    DOOMED QUEENS rules!

    It takes a special book to keep me up late, flipping pages and burning the midnight oil. DOOMED QUEENS by Kris Waldherr has joined that select set. I could not put it down! <BR/><BR/>I confess, I am one of those people sometimes found reading People magazine on line at the grocery store. I harbor a secret fascination about the ins and outs of royalty whether of countries or of Hollywood. If you are such a person--either unabashed, or in secret--then you will also love DOOMED QUEENS.<BR/><BR/>The usual suspects are all here (Boudica, Cleopatra, Anne Boleyn, Princess Diana), but there are also many new faces (to me, at least): Arsinoe IV (who knew Cleopatra had a sister?!), Urraca of Castile, Mangamal of India, and others...all of whom also met a tragic end. <BR/><BR/>Let's face it: women in power have a tough row to hoe. Witness all the election hoopla around our own "American queens," Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. Even in our supposedly enlightened age, ambition in women is not especially rewarded. It's no wonder queens through history have been driven to extremes. There's a lot to learn from these remarkable women, not the least of which is, keep your head. Kris Waldherr lays it all out in her balanced, breezy, irresistible book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 25, 2013

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    Posted September 24, 2013

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    Y...you're back?! This surprises me; most people who leave just stay gone. Like DuhStoryTheater. I'm sorry I got mad at you; I just believed that those imposters were you; sorry, again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    it was ok I guess

    it was ok I guess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    All over the place

    I thought this book would be an interestimg well organized description of queens and how they died. What i really got was a few brief descriptions and a jumble of info. For example the author skips around alot saying this queen here was very mysterious and she had a kid who did this and they had kids....and so on, then she goes back to the queen and some of the stories are a bit unclear as to how she died. Im sorry i wasted my money on this.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    This book was adequate

    But I felt like there could have been more depth included in the biographies. I wanted to know more about these women. However, this book is great as a starting point. There were a lot of interesting women who I never knew existed.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    DOOMED QUEENS recounts the tales of numerous unfortunate queens. <BR/><BR/>Some of these women died unhappily in exile or imprisoned, while others met more unfortunate ends such as suicide or assassination. <BR/><BR/>Readers will meet over fifty queens who met their doom. The timeline of queens discussed range from the biblical era of Athaliah to modern day Princess Diana. They are arranged by time periods and drafted in short and often humorous biographical information. <BR/><BR/>How would their lives have been different if they had been male? <BR/><BR/>A wonderful, entertaining non-fiction book for those curious about royalty, or a perfect sidekick for a fairy tale or royal novel.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    Fascinating and Macabre!

    I found this book to be fascinating, almost macabre, with its depiction of these women and their manners of execution. This contrasts with the beautiful typography and illustrations, which are humorous and a bit scary all at once! Look for the memento mori that abound.<BR/><BR/>There are some very touching moments as well and I would recommend this book enthusiastically. Very hard to put down.

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