Royal Murders: Hatred, Revenge and the Seizing of Power

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The motives, means, and consequences of the murders among members of Europe’s ruling families are examined in fascinating detail. Plucking true stories due to their historical significance and sheer intrigue, this book relates violent deaths amid royal splendor and the overthrow of tyrants by oppressed populations. Methods vary from sword and arrow, to bomb and bullet, to alleged witchcraft. Settings range from Russia to Portugal. The involvement Mary Queen of Scots may have had in her second husband’s ...

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Overview

The motives, means, and consequences of the murders among members of Europe’s ruling families are examined in fascinating detail. Plucking true stories due to their historical significance and sheer intrigue, this book relates violent deaths amid royal splendor and the overthrow of tyrants by oppressed populations. Methods vary from sword and arrow, to bomb and bullet, to alleged witchcraft. Settings range from Russia to Portugal. The involvement Mary Queen of Scots may have had in her second husband’s murder is examined as well as a search for the facts behind Shakespeare’s portrayal of the murderous usurpers Macbeth and Richard III. But in European history there has been no royal murder to rival Russia’s Tsar Ivan the Terrible, a homicidal maniac responsible for thousands of deaths, whose dramatic killing sprees are examined here.

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Popular history writer Ashdown recounts a thousand years of European monarchs being bumped off by sword, arrow, bomb, bullet, and maybe witchcraft. She also describes the harrowing punishments inflicted on the attackers if they were caught and had not acquired enough power by the act to protect themselves. She includes less known examples from Scandinavia, Spain, and some of the eastern European dynasties. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752449371
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,105,953
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dulcie M. Ashdown is the author of numerous books on British and European history, including Tudor Cousins.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Picture Credits
A Note on Names
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Sword and Arrow 1
2 A Woman's Weapons 19
3 A Family Affair 32
4 Scotland 48
5 Murder by Magic 60
6 For God's Sake 72
7 Killing No Murder 93
8 Russia 101
9 Marksmen, Madmen and the Infernal Machine 118
10 Crowned Killers 135
11 Propaganda by Deed 143
12 The Assassin's Heyday 157
13 The Bullet that Started a War 166
14 A Few Among Many 175
15 Echoes of Bomb and Bullet 185
Sources and Further Reading 205
Index 213
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