Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

by Eleanor Herman
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Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman

In royal courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness?

  • Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded.
  • Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered and ruled the Russian empire with a long list of sexy young favorites.
  • Marie Antoinette fell in love with the handsome Swedish count Axel Fersen, who tried valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine.
  • Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to enjoy countless love affairs, which tragically led to her early death.

In this impeccably researched, scandalously readable follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what has historically gone on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061120756
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: (w) x 9.00(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

The author of Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen, New York Times bestselling historian Eleanor Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel's Lost Worlds. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.

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Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
PiggityPig More than 1 year ago
I read Sex with the King first, and while I wasnt disappointed, I felt that the work was disjointed and hard to follow at times. She seemed to skip around, witbout coherency, and new characters appeared in the storyline that were either not explained, or not important. However, I didnt feel this way at all with Sex with Queens. It was better written. I was saucier. I mean, who doesnt love historical smut? This book was a great read, you do learn a lot about life from the medieval times to the present...and you realize, not much has actually changed. Political intrigue and sex are omnipresent in history, and oft go hand in hand. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in women's studies or any that loves to read magazines but insists that they dont like books. If people only knew that such fascinating history was actually out there, rather than the dull stuff they focus on in school, people would probably know a lot more about it. If I were a history teacher, I'd make sure to thrown in at least SOME of these juicy tidbits to keep my students apt!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, I picked up this book and I loved it from start to finish. Its all the intresting facts that make characters in history come to life. At times I felt sad at how certain events turned out, others I would be quoting my new intresting fact to friends for a week. A great summer read, or read anytime you feel like learning about women who made history exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sex with the Queen is a fun look into what happend behind royal doors. Herman does an excellent job describing what life was really like in a royal palace--it was no fairy tale. A must for anyone who is intreseted in royal history.
klmeyer4 More than 1 year ago
Sex With The Queen is very well-researched and more importantly, is extremely interesting. I'm not a huge non-fiction fan, so when I choose to read one, I'm picky. This book proved to be a good choice for me! Also, the book is not just a general history of the queens of Europe. It really goes into detail, which in my opinion, is what made the book so fascinating. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in the royal families of Europe or to anyone who just wants to learn a few fun facts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From page one, you really get pulled in and can't put the book down. It is interesting to read about 'the other side of the hen house' and how these women were portrayed.
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This book was very interesting. Even centuries later, their lives are very intriguing.
Amanning007 More than 1 year ago
The book was very quick, and witty, and covered a vast period of time. Some of the princesses/queens and their relations were a bit difficult to discern, but that's understandable when the people you are writing about are related to nearly every noble house in Europe. Her sense of humor and quips kept me laughing, while the reality of the life of these prisoners (for lack of a better phrase)was heartbreaking. I already knew going in that marriages were more about property and accumulation of wealth versus love when it came to noble families, but the depravity in which these matriarchs married off their daughters and sisters for personal gain to men who were mentally challenged, mentally unstable, repulsive, cruel and sometimes all of the above and then some was astounding. The wide ranging spectrum of Queens who can wield power as masterly as men, to those who are doomed victims from birth. In either case, Sex with the Queen actually made me feel sorry for any woman who holds the title of princess or Queen. My only disappointment is that it did not cover other nobility, such as the Ancient Egyptians, or the Romans, or even dive in to an area that is much less discussed like India, China, Japan or Africa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book overall but really dull in places.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy juicy gossip and history this is the book for you.
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Ber1212 More than 1 year ago
If history doesn't intrigue you with this bit of literature, nothing will!
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