Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny,and Desire

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A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty 900-year history of the royal marriages of Europe's most famous-and infamous-monarchs.

Since time immemorial, royal marriages have had little to do with love- and almost everything to do with diplomacy and dynasty. Clashing personalities have joined in unholy matrimony to form such infamous couples as Russia's Peter II and Catherine the Great, and France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici-all with the purpose of begetting a male heir. But...

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Overview

A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty 900-year history of the royal marriages of Europe's most famous-and infamous-monarchs.

Since time immemorial, royal marriages have had little to do with love- and almost everything to do with diplomacy and dynasty. Clashing personalities have joined in unholy matrimony to form such infamous couples as Russia's Peter II and Catherine the Great, and France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici-all with the purpose of begetting a male heir. But with tensions high and silverware flying, kings like England's Henry II have fled to the beds of their nubile mistresses, while queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine have plotted their revenge...

Full of the juicy gossip and bad behavior that characterized Royal Affairs, this book chronicles the love-hate marriages of the crowned heads of Europe-from the Angevins to Charles and Di-and ponders how dynasties ever survived at all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451229014
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 319,415
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Carroll is the author of several works of historical nonfiction, women’s fiction, and, under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, is a multipublished author of historical fiction. Her works include Royal Romances, Royal Pains, Royal Affairs, and Notorious Royal Marriages. She is also a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit, and is an award-winning audio book narrator.

A frequent commentator on royal romances and relationships, Leslie has been interviewed by numerous broadcast, online, and print media, including MSNBC.com, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, NPR, Hearst Television, Inc., and she was a featured royalty historian on CBS nightly news in London during the royal wedding coverage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She also appears as an expert on the love lives of Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon on the Proper Television series “The Secret Life of [fill in the name of famous figure]” for Canada’s History Channel. Leslie and her husband, Scott, divide their time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Gossipy and derivative

    The information contained in this book is unoriginal - nothing an experienced googler wouldn't be able to find online, so I'd have to say her research is negligable. The author's writing style is, in my opinion, incompatible with a work of serious historical analysis. In general, the book has the tone of a salacious gossip column and frequently employs a style more appropriate for a romance novel. For example "..her allure remains as evergreen as the Chateau vert, the fantasy castle of wood and tin-fil whose battlements Henry stormed on the day she bewitched his heart." Ridiculous.

    All that said, I intend to finish the book; though he presentation is unoriginal and the style irritating, the content is no less interesting for it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    Great read

    I absolutely loved this book, and found it very hard to put down. Well written, I easily found myself lost in the pages.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

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    Excellent

    This book filled in quite a few gaps regarding various members of royal history. Also, helped to elucidate how many of them were related. An absorbing read!

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    The juicy history behind Europe's most infamous Royal couples!

    After reading and loving Leslie Carroll's Royal Affairs, I just HAD to get my hands on her follow up non-fiction book, Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire! And, it did not disappoint! You see, Leslie has this great sense of humor that resonates throughout the book, making you laugh out loud and wishing high school history was taught this way! I, for one, would've stayed awake for sure!

    In Notorious Royal Marriages, Miss Carroll covers infamous Royal couples throughout history; from the tempestuous Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine to the 21st century love triangle between Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. What's really great about NRM, is that the chapters are nice and condensed, making it easy to pick up when you've only got a few moments and also, it is easy to jump around to certain chapters depending on what piques your interest. And even though some of the couples are well known, Leslie adds the most interesting tid-bits. For example, Mary Tudor (Henry VIII's youngest sister) had a wardrobe worth $30 million dollars in today's money when she was sent to marry King Louis XII. Yowza!! Can we say DIVA? She puts Paris Hilton to shame!

    The only thing that I think would bring a lot to the book is pictures. Not only because I am aesthetically stimulated, but also because I think it would be nice to have a visual reference when reading about a particular couple.

    Yours truly highly recommends Notorious Royal Marriages to all!

    FTC: my copy of Notorious Royal Marriages was provided by NAL Publishing for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Go read

    Hard to put down at times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    I truely enjoyed this book! I would recommend this to anyone wh

    I truely enjoyed this book! I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the private lives of the most notorious kings and queens of history.

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  • Posted May 23, 2010

    Light reading. Great for killing time!

    I enjoyed this book as a good collection of short stories about famous or infamous marriages in history. The writing style is bit "gossipy" for historians. It is by no mean comprehensive coverage of all those marriages. Readers who are seriously looking for in depth first-hand research and analysis of the people and events may want to look elsewhere.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

    Good Read

    Interesting and a fun read.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    For those people interested in the History of Royals.

    This is a great book for keeping in a place where you don't have time to really get deeply involved in a plot but you have time to do some reading. The chapters involve one royal couple and the chapter is not detailed but a general look of the history of these people.

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