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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402763069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402763069
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This happens again and again, and is one of the most annoying grammatical errors of the book.
K. A. Lewinski Bomgren
Most of the royals in the book were genuinely mentally unstable because of inbreeding, but some mentioned did not seem really crazy, just a bit odd.
Deb N.
I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble for some light reading, not expecting much...I got that and a lot less.
DruMax

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Cook on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book appears to be fascinating but really offers little to no real information about the 40 monarchs it presents. Much of their "insanity" (and some of it is questionable) is backed up with no evidence and few examples, probably just enough to whet one's appetite to go searching for more info. As well, some information is incorrect: Catherine the Great of Russia is listed as insane when she was one of the most forward-thinking monarchs of her time. True, she was very sexually active - and that seems to be a mark of insanity for these authors - but not insane, while her husband, Peter, who really WAS insane, is nowhere to be found in the book. Also, there are misprinted dates which make comparisons between reining periods difficult. I DO NOT recommend this book; instead, look at the table of contents and find other books with more substantial information about those listed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Lewinski Bomgren on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved Michael Farquhar's "Treasury of Royal Scandals," so I figured that "Mad Kings & Queens: History's Most Famous Raving Royals" would also be an interesting read. It wasn't. There was barely any information on each of the nobles, and some weren't actually insane, but just 'eccentric.' There are many informational mistakes in the book- dates, illustrations with no description, and as mentioned earlier, the labeling of "insane" where behavior was simply just out of place for its time period (and not really mental instability). This is really unfortunate for people who are not history buffs, and won't realize the extent of misinformation in this book.

In addition, the grammar was HORRID, making the book almost unreadable! There must not have been an editor on this book. The book is rife with run-on sentences (there is such thing as a comma!), more advanced vocabulary is often misused, pronoun usage is terrible and confusing. Example: Two men will be mentioned in a sentence, and you have to re-read the sentence several times to figure out who "he/his" is supposed to be. This happens again and again, and is one of the most annoying grammatical errors of the book. I'm not sure how this got published, as these mistakes are usually unacceptable even at a high-school level.

In short, a book of such low quality it should be removed from bookshelves and circulation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rachel H. on July 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this book from the library. It was a very quick read for me since it is a subject I was interested in. I was not reviewing the grammar but the accuracy of the content was what threw me off. I found one glaring error (which can be found in the entry for Louis XIV on pgs. 78-81). The authors have put down Louis XIV as being married to Maria Theresa of Austria when he was married to the one from Spain and was dead and gone two years before the Austrian Maria Theresa's birth. It would not have been such a big deal for me if I had not looked into the matter. What made it worse for me is that they even included Maria Theresa of Austria's picture and implied that she was his wife. Other than that, I didn't catch any other errors.

I don't doubt the authors did research but the accuracy is questionable. For a reader who hasn't done as much research, I wouldn't want them to be misled by a book that has at least one major error. I would recommend finding another novel if you are considering this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Lewinski Bomgren on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved Michael Farquhar's "Treasury of Royal Scandals," A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperorsso I figured that "Mad Kings & Queens: History's Most Famous Raving Royals" would also be an interesting read. It wasn't. There was barely any information on each of the nobles, and some weren't actually insane, just 'eccentric.' There are many factual errors in the book- dates, illustrations with no description, and as mentioned earlier, the labeling of "insane" where behavior was simply just out of place for its time period (and not actually mental instability). This is really unfortunate for people who are not history buffs and won't realize the extent of misinformation in this book.

There was obviously no editor on this book. The book is rife with run-on sentences (there is such thing as a comma!), more advanced vocabulary is often misused, pronoun usage is terrible and confusing. I'm not sure how this got published, as these mistakes are usually unacceptable even at a high-school level.

In short, a book of such low quality it should be removed from bookshelves and circulation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aristos on June 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a fast read, and somewhat entertaining. Unfortunately, it presents a sensationalized view of these monarchs' lives, based on speculation and embellishment. I stopped reading at George III when the author twice referred to his reign during the "seventeenth century" - George III, but this book's own account, lived from 1738-1820, i.e., the 18th and 19th centuries. Blatant errors like that, whether the fault of the author or editor, have no place in historical non-fiction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Silva on January 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I haven't written reviews here for years and I do not like writing negative reviews at all, but frankly this is one of the worst books or the worst I've read in my life in terms of grammar, style, inaccuracy, lack of sources, etcetera and I think unknowing buyers who like history must be warned, because the book has a handsome appearance.

I'm fond of history, especially concerning Royals of European countries and this book is even more inaccurate than any historical novel, which obviously being a novel takes liberties with reality. The writing style is repetitive. The authors attribute a number of facts to many of the Royals profiled which are not real. Everything is simplified. All these Royals seem one-dimentional characters. There are obvious mistakes. For example: in Philip V of Spain's profile, Louis I, one of his sons by his first wife Queen Marie Louise, is discussed. Afterwards, in Ferdinand VI's profile, the authors state that he was the only son of King Philip V of Spain and his first wife! Unbelievable.

Some of the pictures or paintings included in the profiles are not of the Royals profiled.

All in all, a shame. Buyer beware! I bought this book as sale item (no wonder) at Barnes & Noble, and I think the 8 dollars I paid for it was too much. I think it's going to be the first time in my life I'm going to throw a book to the garbage or to the fireplace. What a waste of time!
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