This paperback edition offers true tales of these take-charge princesses plus dozens more in a fascinating read that’s perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.
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 majestic 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. And Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.
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Linda Rodriguez McRobbie has written for Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, Atlas Obscura, Christian Science Monitor, WallStreetJournal.com, and other national publications. Find her online at lindarodriguezmcrobbie.com.
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Once Upon a Time: An Introduction
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Table of Contents
Once Upon a Time: An Introduction 9
Warriors: Princesses Who Fought Their Own Battles
1 Alfhild, the Princess Who Turned Pirate 15
2 Pingyang, the'Princess Who Led an Army 20
Seven Warrior Queens of Antiquity 25
3 Olga of Kiev, the Princess Who Slaughtered Her Way to Sainthood 32
4 Khutulun, the Princess Who Ruled the Wrestling Mat 37
5 Lakshmibai, the Princess Who Led a Rebellion (with Her Son Strapped to Her Back) 41
Usurpers: Princesses Who Grabbed Power in a Man's World
6 Hatshepsut, the Princess Who Ruled Egypt as a King 51
A Family Affair: A Word about Royal Incest 56
7 Wu Zetian, the Princess who Became Emperor of China 58
Wei's Way 64
8 Njinga of Ndongo, the Princess Who Kept Male Concubines in Drag 66
Schemers: Princesses Who Plotted and Planned
9 Justa Grata Honoria, the Princess Who Nearly Wrecked the Roman Empire 75
10 Isabella of France, the "She-Wolf" Princess 79
The Sorceress Princesses 85
11 Roxolana, the Princess Who Went from Sex Slave to Sultana 92
12 Catherine Radziwill, the Stalker Princess 97
13 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, the Princess Who Parried for Hitler 105
Survivors: Princesses Who Made Controversial and Questionable Choices
14 Lucrezia, the Renaissance Mafia Princess 113
15 Malinche, the Princess Who Served Her Country's Conquerors 120
The War Booty Princess 126
16 Sophia Dorothea, the Prisoner Princess 127
Marriage or Insane Asylum? 134
17 Sarah Winnemucca, the Princess Accused of Collaborating 136
18 Sofka Dolgorouky, the Princess Who Turned Communist 144
Partiers: Princesses Who Loved to Live it Up
19 Christina, the Cross-Dressing Princess 155
20 Caraboo, the Phony Princess Who Hoodwinked England 162
Six Ways to Fake Princesshood 170
21 Charlotte of Prussia, the Princess Who Threw a Sex Party 182
22 Clara Ward, the Princess Who Ran Off with a Gypsy… and a Waiter… and a Station Manager 188
The Dollar Princesses 196
23 Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, the Punk Princess Who Went Corporate 200
Princess Excess 206
Floozies: Princesses Notorious for their Sexy Exploits
24 Caroline of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, the Princess Who Didn't Wash 213
Death and the Victorian Age 221
25 Pauline Bonaparte, the Exhibitionist Princess 223
26 Margaret, the Princess Who Caused a Bank Robbery 232
Three Princesses IWio Chucked Their Crowns for Love 241
Madwomen: Princesses Who Were Likely Mad, or Close to It
27 Anna of Saxony, the Princess Who Foamed at the Mouth 245
Three Mad Princesses (and One Who Probably Wasn't) 250
28 Elisabeth of Austria, the Princess Who Wore a Meat Mask 258
Beware the Black Dwarf 265
29 Charlotte of Belgium, the Princess Who Scared the Pope 266
Royal Hotline to Heaven 272
30 Franziska, the Amnesiac Who Became the Lost Romanov Princess 273
Famous Last Words 282
Selected Bibliography 287
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.