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Napoleon's Privates by Tony Perrottet
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable ramble through historical bits and bobs. It is in no way comprehensive- it's a collection of essays, some of which cover the same material, about historical events/personages that the author finds amusing or unusual, many of which involve sex and/or Napoleon. Here you will find rumors substantiated, myths debunked, allegations of heterosexuality (shocking!), and a helpful chart to help you determine the most perverse of the Roman emperors. The first-person introduction gives the reader an irresistible invitation into the forbidden curiosities closet, and the competently-constructed essays by and large deliver on this promise, though I myself could have done with more lust and greed and a bit less gluttony. All in all, a good deal of fun!
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