Mad Kings & Queens (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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This frank and fascinating book ransacks the remarkable history of forty of Europe's most dumb, deluded, and downright dangerous monarchs, to reveal a legion of kings and queens who have sat upon the pedestal of power and abused it in spectacular style.

The respectability of the royal position is well and truly tossed aside by the whimsy and...

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Overview

This frank and fascinating book ransacks the remarkable history of forty of Europe's most dumb, deluded, and downright dangerous monarchs, to reveal a legion of kings and queens who have sat upon the pedestal of power and abused it in spectacular style.

The respectability of the royal position is well and truly tossed aside by the whimsy and the wanton depravity of generations of mad European monarchs, including:

  • The queen who murdered her husband with a red-hot spit.
  • The bloodthirsty monarch who impaled tens of thousands of his subjects.
  • The vampiric ruler who bathed in the blood of young women.
  • The king of excess who beheaded his wives.
Mad Kings and Queens is a spectacular celebration of seven hundred years of royal eccentricity, detailing a catalogue of madness and exploring the finer intricacies of royal breeding that lay at its root.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140196
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: NOOK Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 376,558
  • File size: 15 MB
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Table of Contents


Introduction     6
Isabella "She-Wolf" of France     8
Joan I of Naples     13
Robert III of Scotland     17
Charles VI of France     20
Isabel of Portugal     24
Vlad "The Impaler" of Walachia     28
Juana of Castile     32
Henry VIII of England     36
Ivan "The Terrible" of Russia     41
Erik XIV of Sweden     44
Anna of Saxony     48
Rudolf II of Austria     52
Fyodor I "The Bellringer" of Russia     55
Erzebet Bathory of Hungary     58
Mustafa I of Turkey     62
Maria Eleonore of Brandenburg     65
Murad IV of Turkey     68
Ibrahim I of Turkey     71
Christina of Sweden     74
Louis XIV of France     78
Charles II of Spain     82
Ivan "The Ignorant" of Russia     85
Gian Gastone de' Medici     88
Peter the Great of Russia     92
Philip V of Spain     97
Frederick William I of Prussia     100
Anna I of Russia     103
Barbara of Portugal     106
Ferdinand VI of Spain     109
Catherine the Great of Russia     112
Maria I of Portugal     116
George III of England     118
Ivan (Antonovich) VI of Russia     122
Isabella of Bourbon-Parma     125
Christian VII of Denmark     128
Marie Antoinette of France     133
Caroline of Brunswick     138
Ferdinand I of Austria     142
Charlotte of Belgium     146
Ludwig II "The Swan King" of Bavaria     150
Mad Monarchs by Nationality     153
Royal Lineages     155
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

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    I was quite alarmed to see that the authors are under the impression that Louis XIV was married to Maria-Therese of Austria 'the mother of Marie-Antoinette' and not Maria-Therese of Spain. Same Hapsburg family, but completely different people. They even got the picture wrong. Besides than that giant mistake, the writing isn't spectacular. Pass on this, everyone.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Great read

    Great read. A must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Loved it

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    I loved this book! I have read several books on royals and this

    I loved this book! I have read several books on royals and this is in my top three books. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone! I LOVED IT!!!!! SOOO INTERESTING!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    recommended

    i haven't read much past the first chapter but, if you like history you will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Hdkfj

    HI PEOPLE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Interesting

    Knowing that the book was so short I have decided to use it when I'm looking for a quick read. I wish there was more information about the kings and queens. It's like a sample appetizer at a restaurant. If I wanted more information I'm going to have to look for another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    interesting

    short quick fact filled book about..quirky or mentally ill royalty.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    Different look

    I found this selection to be a different look at nobility. It is quite interesting and entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Interesting...

    This book was pretty interesting. It's stuff you don't read in normal history textbooks.. A quick and easy read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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