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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    History can be fun! Read this book!

    What an intriguing read this turned out to be. Sometime last year while I was going to college I skipped a day (one of many days when I skipped) and I went to Goodwill on a Friday for their weekly 50% off sale to see if I could score any good reads and I found this one on the top shelf.


    Unfortunately I'm still trying to figure out why it took me over a year to read it, I mean I love the cover, the title and the summary both hold promises of a delightful read but no. I picked it up many times with the intentions to start it but it wasn't until last month that I actually got around to reading it.


    What I liked most about the book apart from it offering up some very interesting and some very perverted details about the royal families was that the book didn't just center on the royal families of England and France it encompassed all the European royal families and let me tell you they're a rather colourful bunch of families and talk about inbreeding!


    Since this is my first time reading anything by the author I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking the way he used historical facts while making the book entertaining for the reading to make it easy to read. I think the reason that a lot of people stay away from non-fiction titles about the aristocracy and history in general because the books tend to be written in such a dry, heavy manner that doesn't allow for the casual reader to enjoy the words on the pages.


    Luckily, this one is full of puns an some very inappropriate comments about the kings and queens of old. Honestly they weren't the type of people whom you would want to call a friend let alone family in those days since there were assassinations, be headings and forced marriages to deal with at every twist and turn. Truly some of the kings and queens were completely off their rockers.


    Fortunately the inbreeding, assassinations, be-headings and all the other ugly stuff are no longer a facet of modern royalty (for the most part) because, if we had to deal with some of the royals from the past we'd be screwed worse than we are now.


    While I read the book I learned a lot and I had fun doing it too. Then again I'm a history buff so I find this stuff entertaining all the time but for those unfamiliar with this type of book, and the book can be picked up an put down easily and it made me feel like I would be lost if I had to set it down because of how it was written and I had a lot of laugh out loud moments while I read it.


    Overall, I highly recommend this to those with a penchant for history and those with a sense of humour as well as those just wanting to read about the royal scandals. Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears have nothing on the scandals in this book. I'm looking forward to reading the other books that the author has written that follow this same topic as this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    The Best Part is...

    The Best Part is that you can put it down. Its divided into wonderful short chapters so that it makes a great bathroom read or a quick read during coffee. It only gets confusing because all the monarchs are named the same, but other than that Farquahr is an excellent author. I'm purchasing his other books now, they make for great anecdotes!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Love it....

    Loved it it was awesome...If you love history espcialy crazy history youll love this book....I read the whole thing in one day....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Want to go behind the scenes in History? Michael Farquhar is th

    Want to go behind the scenes in History? Michael Farquhar is the best author to take you there. With various antidotes and little known facts, you can learn more from one of Mr. Farquhar's books than you can in years of college history classes. Throw in the humor and wit and you have a book that you enjoy reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Not the best read

    Extremely unorganized the book jumps back and forth with notes refering to either past or future chapters. It does not give a in depth account of actual facts. A very dissapointing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great read

    If you are a history geek like me you will love this book. Could not put it down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    Love it.

    Definitely read this if you like history at all. I read it a couple of years ago and I think it made me like history more! I have ever since always wanted to know the back stories, because there is always something someone isn't telling you.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    Wonderful read!

    This is one of my favorite books to read! Every story is provacative and fun. I was absorbed into it from the second I started reading it!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    You need to appreciate this book for what it is.

    I have seen some complain about the length of the "naught anecdotes" but I thought that this one of the books cheifest charms. It is meant to be a light read, something whimsical and interesting. Not a book to sit down and plow through. This book is a great bathroom reader, or a book for someone that is so harried they can only make it thrrough a few pages at a time. Its a fun little read, and chances are you will learn something that you didnt know before. I also enjoyed the one liners Farqar occasionally threw in. I look forward to his other books.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Boring

    It's like the author wrote a single 3"x5" notecard of 'naughty' info about any historical royal he could find info about, shuffled the cards into completely random order, then turned them over to his publisher, who astoundingly printed it. I bought this as a 'bargin priced' book-it was still a complete waste of money-2$, 5$, whatever piddly amount I paid-this book wasn't worth it.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    Amazing!!

    I love love love this books...I am soo buying the rest of his book it was hilarious...soo funny...a must read!!!

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Those Scandolous Royals

    A very intresting view of royalty through the ages. The entitlement and craziness made for a quick, interesting, educational read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Great Read!

    I love history and this book made it so much more interesting! The author had just enough humor, it kept me hooked until the end. I've re read it twice already! I definitely recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    Most Wicked

    Naughty wicked and bad! I shall reread it at once!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING

    I really loved this book. It made me laugh, and taught me a few things along the way. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    Fantastic!

    Not only is this entertaining, but educational as well. I use it to 'spice up' my historical background lectures in my high school English classes--the kids love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    Incredibly funny

    This book is fantastic! I've given it to several friends who now understand why I find history so much fun! It takes an incredibly dry subject and really spices it up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    A Must Read!

    Extremly Funny.. This book gives the reader history that most historians don't know!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2003

    A Great Book

    A delightful mixture of history and juicy tidbits of not-so-nice royalty. For anyone with an inner gossip and an interest in history, this is perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2002

    royal scandals is fabulous

    Wonderfully written, highly entertaining and largely informative. A great read..two thumbs way up.

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