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Kris Waldherr's Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di (Broadway Books, $16), is a brainy chick gift-closet staple, for teenage Tudors fans on up. In time for the holidays, Waldherr has just come out with two accompanying card decks. Ask the Queens Advice Cards ($15) offers wisdom from 40 unfortunate female monarchs--from Cleopatra (death by asp) to Anne Boleyn (beheaded). Her Doomed Queens Playing Cards ($12) feature a different female regent on each card except for the kings, who include Henry VIII and Alexander the Great." --Brokelyn.com

"The coolest, most awesome, most fan-freakin'-tastic thing ever....  an excellent gift for a wide range of people." --The Magical Buffet
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: U.S. Games Systems Inc.; Crds edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572816635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572816633
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4 x 4.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author, illustrator, and designer whose many books include DOOMED QUEENS, THE LOVER'S PATH, and THE BOOK OF GODDESSES. She is also the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has nearly a quarter of a million copies in print, and other card decks including the Lover's Path Tarot and the Sacred World Oracle.

The New Yorker praised DOOMED QUEENS as "utterly satisfying" and "deliciously perverse." Her book design for DOOMED QUEENS won first place at the New York Book Show in the quality paperback category. THE BOOK OF GODDESSES was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club's Top Ten Most Popular Book. THE BOOK OF GODDESSES inspired the Goddess Tarot, as well as a Grammy-nominated chamber music suite by composer Robert Paterson. Her picture book retelling of the Persephone myth, PERSEPHONE AND THE POMEGRANATE, was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its "quality of myth and magic." She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, where she moderated a panel at their 2013 conference on the writing and marketing of literary versus commercial historical fiction.
As a visual artist, Waldherr has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Mazza Museum, and the Ruskin Library.

Kris Waldherr's upcoming books include her debut novel A GATHERING OF SHADOWS. She works and lives in Brooklyn in a Victorian-era house with her husband, the anthropologist-curator Thomas Ross Miller, and their young daughter. Visit her online at KrisWaldherr.com.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
With Kris Waldherr's Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards, you not only get an actual playing card deck, but also some fascinating historical tidbits on female royalty (save the Kings).

Clubs, hearts, diamonds, spades...they're all here, as are the Ace-10 cards and Jack, Queen and King. But what's different with this deck of playing cards is each features a name and image of a deceased royal, as well as the date they passed on, mode of death and a brief bio.

Several two-sided graphics key cards are also tucked inside the Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards, so if you want to know what that crowned skull symbol means (beheaded), or caduceus (died of illness) or spider (suicide)--all you need to do is look on the handy key card.

From Jane Grey to Josephine, Thessalonike to Eva Peron, the next time you play poker, you can also get an education--IF you use the Doomed Queens Royal Playing Cards by Kris Waldherr. (And forget common playing card packs: this set comes in a handsome flip-top box! Can you say "birthday gift" or "Christmas present"?)

(To see 9 cards from this deck, visit the REVIEWS--DECKS section at [...])

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot
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I've barely had time to look at these cards but they have lovely representations of the period fashions and symbol keys for identifying the type of demise befallen each Queen. An unusual gift sure to bring smiles to history buffs, as well as new trivia.
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By Aphrodisiastes on November 5, 2014
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy McArdle on August 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
These cards aren't totally what they claim to be. There are 4 cards that are dedicated to men; these cards are advertised as 'Doomed Queens' - box says "Featuring 52 ROYAL WOMEN who met bad ends." The colors of the cards are not vibrant, they are lackluster and not nearly as pretty as the box. Extremely disappointed. I wouldn't have paid $2 for these. At least it is a playing card deck. Back of box says "Dealing fate a hand?" These are not tarot cards - I did not expect them to be but can see where that is misleading (in response to another's review on here).
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole123 on January 22, 2013
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This is not a fortune telling oracle at all. The saying or quotes are not even relevent to any question I can see being asked. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT. As far as history, yeah, it would tell you about one of the queens, but to really know anything, you would definitely need to google.
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