A collection of factual stories about 12 members of European royalty who represented some of the worst outcomes of inbreeding. From King John of England in the 12th century Vlad III of Wallachia (upon whom Bram Stoker based Dracula), Ivan the Terrible of Russia, and finally to Princess Margaret, younger sister of the present Queen Elizabeth II, the range of depravity described runs the gamut. There are sadists, psychopaths, and possible sex addicts, as well as those who are simply troublemakers. For those who enjoy reading about the scandals of the noble class, and want to learn more about the darker side of various royal families, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, quick read. Each person�s environment is described so that the reader enjoys a sense of what was normal for a particular time period, and for most of these royals, they were far outside their norms. For those not familiar with royal families outside of Western Europe, there are a few standouts from other areas of Europe as well. --Rebecca Gerber
About the Author
Leslie Carroll is the author of several works of historical nonfiction, women’s fiction, and, under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, is a multipublished author of historical fiction. Her works include Royal Romances, Royal Pains, Royal Affairs, and Notorious Royal Marriages. She is also a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit, and is an award-winning audio book narrator.
A frequent commentator on royal romances and relationships, Leslie has been interviewed by numerous broadcast, online, and print media, including MSNBC.com, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, NPR, Hearst Television, Inc., and she was a featured royalty historian on CBS nightly news in London during the royal wedding coverage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She also appears as an expert on the love lives of Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon on the Proper Television series The Secret Life of [fill in the name of famous figure]” for Canada’s History Channel. Leslie and her husband, Scott, divide their time between New York City and Washington, D.C.