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

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

by Leslie Carroll

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ISBN-13: 9780451223982
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 826,974
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.97(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 MSNBC.com, 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.

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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Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarchy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
meggyweg on LibraryThing 25 days ago
This is a thorough and deliciously irreverent ("her features were somewhat coarse, but she was blond and blue-eyed and had fabulous boobs") guide to the lovers of England's kings and queens. Homosexual as well as heterosexual relationships are well represented. If you like Eleanor Herman's books on the subject, you will like this.
philae_02 on LibraryThing 25 days ago
Starting with Henry II and ending with the current Prince of Wales, Charles, this particular collection of romantic (and occasional horror) tales of monarchs and their numerous mistresses was very interesting. I thought that Carroll portrayed each of the romantic trysts very well. She even made modern monetary conversions of the yearly allowances the monarchs and princes gave to their paramours; which was very helpful in comparing economies. Overall, this was a very informative and exciting read, although there were moments where I felt confused about which mistress I was reading about, since most of the stories followed a similar formula:prince/king meets gorgeous girl, girl has illegitimate children, girl wants more than she can have, prince/king gets bored, and prince/king dumps girl for new mistress; and all the while wife/queen is angry at king and mistress for adultery. This type of behavior just goes to show that mankind hasn¿t changed much when it comes to finding pleasure in another¿s arms.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well researched written with equal parts wit and rye observations. Enjoy!
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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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wvdisneyaddict More than 1 year ago
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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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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MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. There were stories that could have been a little more indepth but overall I enojoyed this book.
Postrain More than 1 year ago
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!