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Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 28, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767928997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767928991
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A smart, sassy overview of the 'dark side' of the crown and scepter. It makes a girl glad she was born a commoner."
--Robin Maxwell, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Boleyn

"A fascinating journey through thousands of years of the world's most dangerous job -- being queen!"
--Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with the Queen

About the Author

Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of The Lover’s Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of Doomed Queens, The Lover's Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Cehovet VINE VOICE on November 4, 2008
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As usual with Kris Waldherr's work, this book is thoroughly researched, and presented with a certain panache. Each of these queen's stories has been thoroughly researched, and presented with enough detail to keep the reader interested. Each story is personal ... we are not reading one story ad nauseum, with different names attached.

The toen of the writing is a tad bit tongue in cheek, with a small cautionary moral at the end of each presentation. (For instance, with Eva Peron the cautionary moral is "You can't rule fromt he grave.")

The pages themselves are made to look "old", and the graphics on the front cover simply draw you in without your knowing why.

There is a bonus in that a flap on both the front and back covers contains three "paper doll" figures of different queens, with background available from the Doomed Queens Internet site.

Can we as women learn from this book? Yes - this book reflects not only the history of the queens, but the history of the world - with all of its political, religious, and paternalistic overtones.

A good read, and food for thought.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Artist & Reader on October 29, 2008
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I'm a history buff and I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up "Doomed Queens" by Kris Waldherr. But I loved it and really found it hard to put down--the profiles of these women were humorous, well-researched and informative. The writing is rich with queenly anecdotes and the kind of detail that I love.

The overarching theme of how women were often pawns in the power struggles of men becomes a scenario of sadness, so beyond the humor there are other points that are made. Doomed in that they often were caught up in forces beyond their control, Waldherr covers the big names like Anne Boleyn and comes up with a whole roster of fascinating figures not often mentioned in history books.

But this book also has a "guilty pleasure" quality to it with the icons of death and the pithy morals at the end of each vignette. I can recommend this enthusiastically and I'm sure it would make a fine gift for the history, historical fiction or "Tudors" fan on your holiday list!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kort TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2008
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For those guilty pleasure seekers, this book is for you!

Talk about a good, fun read, Waldherr's collection of "royal women who met bad ends" is packed with enticing tidbits that reveal the dark side of royalty and privilege in an ever volatile world. Waldherr does an excellent job choosing her queens carefully, with the inclusion of monarchs from across time and cultures; some readily identifiable (i.e., Jane Seymour, Eva Peron, Princess Diana), and some lost in the abstract vaults of long lost empires. The poignancy lies within their stories and the universal nature of their fascinating experiences. No one is spared in this assembly of matriarchs, whose untimely deaths are often as pathetic as their supposed fortunate circumstances. It's not good to be the queen is the underlying message that binds these ill-fated royal women together.

Waldherr presents each queen in a concise format that is compelling, entertaining and never boring. In fact, you will have a hard time putting this book down. You can retrieve nougats of tantalizing information by poring over the many eye-catching sidebars, anecdotes, accurate-looking illustrations, easy to read icons indicating manner of death (oooh, I loved these little death symbols!) along with a fun end-of-book quiz and even Doomed Queen paper dolls. The stories end with cautionary morals: these summations effectively inject humor and enable the reader to identify with the very human foibles/limitations that were precursors to the queens' demise. Despite their status, leadership and often rich and opulent surroundings, they could not escape the grim reaper and the equalizing swing of his scythe, or guillotine!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miranda Good on October 10, 2011
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For the little that is here, it is entertaining - if highly abbreviated - reading. Cover to cover was read in an hour or two: more like an appetizer than a meal. While I appreciated the eclectic variety of the doomed royal women selected here, the passages pertaining to each read like little more than photographic captions. The author's style is intentionally flip, although she seems to have pretentions of a "feminist" slant that is never developed in any more depth than the individual bios of the women "discussed" (and I used the term loosely). This would be ideal airplane reading when a few pages at a time with no plot or complexities to manage is totally appropriate. As to anything beyond the briefest thumbnails of name, country of origin and manner of demise, the reader is left to further investigate on their own. I wasn't expecting much, so was not disappointed, but this is totally a work of popular, not scholarly, history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 9, 2009
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DOOMED QUEENS recounts the tales of numerous unfortunate queens.

Some of these women died unhappily in exile or imprisoned, while others met more unfortunate ends such as suicide or assassination.

Readers will meet over fifty queens who met their doom. The timeline of queens discussed range from the biblical era of Athaliah to modern day Princess Diana. They are arranged by time periods and drafted in short and often humorous biographical information.

How would their lives have been different if they had been male?

A wonderful, entertaining non-fiction book for those curious about royalty, or a perfect sidekick for a fairy tale or royal novel.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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