Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarchy

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A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty history of 1,000 years of bedroom-hopping secrets and scandals of Britain?s royals.

Insatiable kings, lecherous queens, kissing cousins, and wanton consorts?history has never been so much fun.

Royal unions have always been the stuff of scintillating gossip, from the passionate Plantagenets to Henry VIII?s alarming head count of wives and mistresses, to the Sapphic crushes of Mary and Anne Stuart right ...

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Overview


A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty history of 1,000 years of bedroom-hopping secrets and scandals of Britain?s royals.

Insatiable kings, lecherous queens, kissing cousins, and wanton consorts?history has never been so much fun.

Royal unions have always been the stuff of scintillating gossip, from the passionate Plantagenets to Henry VIII?s alarming head count of wives and mistresses, to the Sapphic crushes of Mary and Anne Stuart right on up through the scandal-blighted coupling of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Thrown into loveless, arranged marriages for political and economic gain, many royals were driven to indulge their pleasures outside the marital bed, engaging in delicious flirtations, lurid love letters, and rampant sex with voluptuous and willing partners.

This nearly pathological lust made for some of the most titillating scandals in Great Britain?s history. Hardly harmless, these affairs have disrupted dynastic alliances, endangered lives, and most of all, fed the salacious curiosity of the public for centuries. Royal Affairs will satiate that curiosity by bringing this arousing history alive.

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Publishers Weekly

If misery loves company, devotees of the late Princess Diana may be happy to learn that, like Prince Charles, King George I ignored his luscious wife and first cousin, Sophia Dorothea, for not one but two hideous mistresses, one of whom may have been his half-sister. Camilla, duchess of Cornwallis, had a great-grandmother, Alice Keppel, who was the mistress of Charles's great-great-grandfather Edward VII; a hysterical Alice had to be dragged away from her comatose lover's deathbed and wore full mourning to his funeral. After his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, bore him eight children, Henry II openly cavorted with his 16-year-old Welsh mistress, Rosamund, but the highly political Eleanor got revenge by inciting their sons to rebel against Henry and possibly poisoning Rosamund. The narrowness of Carroll's subject matter (she writes historical fiction as Amanda Elyot) is more tiresome than titillating, and her tales of such favorites as Anne Boleyn, Robert Dudley, the Earl of Essex and Wallis Simpson are less than fresh. (June 3)

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In this delightful addition to the countless other books written about the British Royal Family, Carroll (Choosing Sophie) deftly constructs information chronologically by ruling dynasty, from the Angevins to the Windsors. Along the way, she shares with readers little-known facts-e.g., that the 20-year liaison between William IV and his actress companion was apparently a happy and contented one until he tossed her aside to become king-as well as facts more widely known, e.g., that Queen Victoria and John Brown were close friends but that no evidence of an affair has been discovered. As her previous experience writing historical fiction under the pseudonym Amanda Elyot attests, Carroll can ably research and distill facts and has a true talent for weaving fascinating narratives. Her entertaining writing style makes this one book you do not want to put down. Entertaining, impeccably researched, and extremely well written, it will appeal to all readers with an interest in British history as well as to those with a more specialized interest in the personal lives of the British royal family. Highly recommended.
—Faye Harkins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451223982
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/3/2008
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 557,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.97 (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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Table of Contents


Foreword     3
The Angevins     9
Henry II     11
And Rosamund de Clifford     13
And Alys (or Alais), Countess of the Vexin     17
The Plantagenets     21
Edward II     23
And Piers Gaveston     25
And Hugh Despenser the Younger     25
Isabella of France (Queen to Edward II)     25
And Roger Mortimer     25
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster     39
And Katherine Swynford     39
Lancaster and York     51
Edward IV     53
And Jane Shore     55
The Tudors     61
Mary Tudor     63
And Charles Brandon     63
Henry VIII     71
And Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount     73
And Mary Boleyn     76
And Anne Boleyn     79
And Jane Seymour     102
And Kathryn Howard     111
Kathryn Howard     111
And Francis Dereham     111
And Thomas Culpeper     111
Elizabeth I     132
And Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester     134
And Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex     147
The Stuarts     159
Mary, Queen of Scots     161
And Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley     164
And James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell     164
James I of England and Ireland (also James VI of Scotland)     176
And George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham     178
Charles II     185
And Lucy Walter     187
And Barbara Villiers, Lady Castlemaine, Duchess of Cleveland     188
And Frances Teresa Stuart     198
And Nell Gwyn     203
And Louise Renee de Penancoet de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth     214
And Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarin     222
James II of England/James VII of Scotland     228
And Anne Hyde     230
William III and Mary II     235
And Frances Apsley     238
And Elizabeth Villiers     238
And Arnold Joost van Keppel     238
Anne     249
And Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough     251
And Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham     251
The Hanovers     259
George I     261
And Sophia Charlotte von Kielmansegg, Countess of Darlington and Countess of Leinster     263
And (simultaneously) Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal and Duchess of Munster     263
George II     272
And Henrietta Howard     273
And Amalie Sophie Marianne von Wallmoden     277
George IV     280
And Mary Robinson     282
And Maria Fitzherbert     291
Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales     309
The "Delicate Investigation" and The Bill of Pains and Penalties     309
Frederick, Duke of York     335
And Mary Anne Clarke     335
William IV     340
And Dorothy Jordan     340
Victoria     357
And John Brown     359
Saxe-Coburg-Gotha     369
Edward VII     371
And Lillie Langtry     373
And Frances Evelyn "Daisy" Greville, Countess of Warwick     381
And Alice Keppel     386
The Windsors     397
Edward VIII     399
And Wallis Warfield Simpson     401
Charles, Prince of Wales (Introduction)     416
Diana, Princess of Wales     419
And James Hewitt     419
Charles, Prince of Wales     429
And Camilla Parker Bowles     429
Acknowledgments      439
Selected Bibliography     441
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    1000 Years of Royal British Sexcapades

    Publisher's Weekly has called Amanda Elyot 'a.k.a. Leslie Carroll' the 'historical romance queen'. Well, the Queen has now turned her attention to FACT in her non-fiction debut book 'ROYAL AFFAIRS: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures that Rocked the British Monarchy.' For devotees of salacious tabloids, this new book is a MUST READ! You won't believe the goings on among those royals! For fans of Showtime's THE TUDORS, or the popular novel and movie THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, 'ROYAL AFFAIRS...' spotlights the REAL stories behind these beloved 'or reviled, depending on how you look at it' historical personalities. You have to believe me when I say the phrase 'truth is stranger than fiction' truly applies here! The actual shenanigans of these royal personages and their lovers, as Ms. Carroll wittily recounts, are frequently more exotic, exciting and passionate than those engaged in by their fictional counterparts. Just imagine our ancestors devouring every word of delicious gossip about the British royals of their time, as we've all digested every titillating word about Prince Charles, Princess Diana and royal mistress, Camilla, who hung on in and waited until she could be made an 'honest woman'. Political and economic gain - not love- were the reasons for royal marriages in bygone days. So, it's no wonder that many kings, queens, dukes and duchesses indulged their libidos outside of marriage. Ms. Carroll's meticulous research and penchant for detail recalls various forms of sexual encounters from flirtations and love letters to rampant sex with beautiful women'and men'who were more than willing to share their wares. If you want to have FUN, pick up a copy of ROYAL AFFAIRS... it will make a truly marvelous addition to your summer reading list. You might also pick up a few royal tips to add sparkle to your own sex lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Different view

    I read this a while ago but it was really good. It is a side you dont learn about in school

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Good fun

    This is a fun read and provides an irreverent perspective on the effects of privilege, personality, loneliness, and the sense of entitlement many wealthy and powerful people have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    Great Read

    Leslie Carroll does a wonderful job of putting together a wide varitey of Affairs that start in the dark ages and reach through to modern Royals. Perfect for those who only want to read one chapter and put it down and walk away, and save the rest for another time!

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    It was a fun read.

    I enjoyed reading this book. There were stories that could have been a little more indepth but overall I enojoyed this book.

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  • Posted May 31, 2009

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    Amazing number of historical flashbacks

    This is a great book for those of us who love history and can give us a glimpse of another aspect of the lives of Royals, not generally known. This was particularly interesting to me as I work through our family genealogy and see who is legitimate and who is not!

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