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

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

by Leslie Carroll


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From the author of American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry comes a funny and delightful history of the royal weddings and marriages of Europe’s most famous—and infamous—monarchs.

“An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel.”—Chicago Tribune

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451229014
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 270,561
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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, a multipublished author of historical fiction. Her nonfiction titles include Royal Romances, Royal Pains, Royal AffairsNotorious Royal Marriages, and Inglorious 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 publications, including, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and NPR, 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 has also appeared as an expert on the love lives of Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon on the television series “The Secret Life of...” for Canada’s History Channel. Leslie and her husband, Scott, divide their time between New York City and Denver, Colorado.

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Notorious Royal Marriages 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
DexieMonster More than 1 year ago
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!
KSimard More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book, and found it very hard to put down. Well written, I easily found myself lost in the pages.
Magee7416 More than 1 year ago
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!
HistoricalFictionChick More than 1 year ago
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.
Bodagirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was one part tell-all and one part defense of all women in royal marriages, well almost (sorry Elisabeth of Bavaria). Entertaining, but clearly biased.
briandrewz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for those not wanting to get into to great a detail of the marriages of those royals profiled. The author sticks to the main facts of each of her subjects. A light yet interesting read.
RockStarNinja on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought I'd find this book to be exceedingly boring, just a list of facts and dates, but it was actually very interesting and entertaining. Each different section was only about 15-20 pages so it went pretty quickly. The author did a good job of not taking sides in any particular relationship, which I was thankful for. Even when it came to Prince Charles and Lady Diana, she didn't paint Diana as a complete saint as most are wont to do, she made full disclosure of even her mistakes. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a passion for Royals, or scandal in general.
BAP1012 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting book, especially the older "royals". For her coverage of the 20th century couples, she seemed more judgmental of the characters. Felt more tabloid than good biography.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just as interesting, amusing and irreverent as her previous book, Royal Affairs. People who enjoy reading gossip about kings and queens will love this. That said, I did spot a few minor factual errors in the section on the Tudors.
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Hard to put down at times
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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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