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You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn't always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power—and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that's perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Douglas Smith is an award-winning illustrator. He is perhaps best known for illustrating Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book will definitely dispel any ideas you might have about sweet princesses in ruffles! We are introduced to many women who did not fit that mold, from ladies that murdered their way to the top to ones that sacrificed all for the people around them. Some are sneaky, some are lacking in morals, some are just plain mean, and some have courage that is astounding. If you enjoy history, you'll enjoy this book. It's very readable - not dry at all.