Sex with the Queen
In this follow-up to her bestselling Sex with Kings,Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what goes on behind the closed door of a queen's boudoir. Impeccably researched, filled with pageturning romance, passion, and scandal, Sex with the Queen explores the scintillating sexual lives of some of our most beloved and infamous female rulers.
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The two stars here are, again, for Herman's nice prose and good selection. I definitely want to w ...more
"Sex with the Queen" is an absolutely delightful romp through the sexual affairs and extramarital conduct of European queens and princesses. Author Eleanor Herman is clearly skilled and starts with a strong, clear look at life as a European princess and with the understanding that such a life was hardly a rose garden for most of the women involved. After carefully providing the reader with a close and deeply fascinating look at daily royal life throughout Eu ...more
The format drove be crazy - everything seemed to be a "summary" - I kept waiting for the actual book to begin, but it never did.
There is, of course, a scarcity of information when it comes to the affairs of queens. Unlike Kings, Queens were expected to be virtuous, so their affairs were well hidden. Still, a good number of these accounts seem to be supposition of the time - an unreliable source in my opinion! Perhaps without using these stories Herman didn't have ...more
ในฐานะคนทีชอบอาน historical romance เรืองนีไดมาเสริมแตงหลายจุดทีเรายังไมรูและนึกไมคอยถึง และ หนังสือ historical romance ทีเราเคยอาน กไมคอยมีเจาชาย เจาหญิงมากนัก
แมวา เรืองราวของเจาหญิง ควีน ในยุคกอนๆ ในหนาตนๆกลางๆ จะทำใหเราแปลกใจเปนการปูพืนมากอนแลว ไมสามารถชวยอะไรเราไดเลยในกรณีเจาหญิงองคสุดทาย เจาหญิงไดอานา...
ในฐานะคนทีเกิดไมทัน เคยแตอานการตูนชุดบุคคลสำคัญของโลก เจาหญิงในใจเรา เปนเจาหญิงแส ...more
Lost interest around page 60 because we were going over the same people over and over, for different reasons.
Good details and juicy tidbits. One error found (page 51): there was no EMPRESS Sophie of Russia. She was the Regent (guardian of Ivan), half brother of Peter (the Great). Ivan died, Peter took over and Sophie was sent to a monastery after trying to overthrow him with the Boyars ...more
- 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 he ...more
I had expected a witty anecdotal book- it starts humorously enough, recounting the story about a King who had to be carried all the way to his bedchamber to consummate his marriage. I enjoyed reading about some of the misadventures of the lesser known kings & qu ...more
I have learned though, that while it may have been good to be the King (and even that's really debatable: The last King I read about was pretty much tortured into insanity by his tutors in their attempts to make him a 'real man') it was not good to be the Queen. Married off in your early te ...more
I liked this better than her previous book, Sex with Kings – one, the book is arranged chronologically, from the early Middle Ages to the present, and two – there was a larger spread of European royals. That said, a good chunk of the middle of the book was devoted to Catherine the Great, but, its understandably that the author would write about whoever had the most primary sources.
I loved seeing that women of the 18th century took much more action politically and sexually than the Puritans befor ...more
If you want to learn about royal history across Europe, over hundreds of years, this book and it's predecessor Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge, are the books for you.
I really enjoy this author. She has a way of taking history and making it fun. A lot of that is through her writing and prose, it's ...more
The introduction was most interesting with the info about living in the courts and palaces. Shocking to find out what life was really like (men peeing in the hallways and bugs everywhere!)
The book itself was hard to get through. Some of the stories were more interesting than others but overall depressing. We all have the fantasy that being the Queen would be the best life but most ...more
As much as it pains me to admit, the sex lives of European queens just is NOT as fascinating as the sex lives of their husba ...more
That is the first paragraph of Sex with the Queen, a book that travels through 900 years of adulterous relationships, and the heartbreaking stories of the queens other lovers. Starting with Eleanor ...more
“History is so fascinating that it never has to be presented in a boring way,” she explains. “These were flesh and blood people, just like you and me, facing war and plague, falling in love, living among splendid a ...more