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Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge Paperback – Bargain Price, April 5, 2005
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There are mistresses of all types: married and single, noble and low-born, beautiful and ugly, smart and stupid. Some befriended the queens, some attacked (and were attacked by) them. Some died alone and unhappy, some became nuns, and some lived in luxury to the end. Some were sweet and pious, and some were nightmares. Hermann studies why the kings got involved with these women, and how brains and sweet natures could mean a lot more than a pretty face. They could (sometimes) influence politics, succession, and their illegitimate children were sometimes better-loved than the king's legitimate kids.
The mistresses themselves are a colorful bunch, from the bratty, grasping Lola Montez, bawdy Nell Gwynn, pious Louise, and the legendary Madame de Pompadour. One of the most memorable is the grasping Madame de Montespan, who used black magic to ensnare the king, only to eventually drive him into the arms of a "batlike" governess.
Yes, it's called "Sex with Kings." But it's not all about sex -- in fact, it becomes clear that sex is only one factor. Hermann does a pretty good job of studying all angles of mistresshood. Sure, a mistress sometimes got the prettiest dresses and jewels, but she could be kicked out on a whim. There were dozens of setbacks, and only a very wily mistress could avoid them. The author also devotes attention to the mistress's children, her lover the king, and sometimes the mistress's husband.Read more ›
Worried about the outside, I soon learned I had nothing to fear from the inside. "Sex with Kings" has no sexual details unless you consider one mention of a king's foot fettish sexy, but, oh is it rich with life details.
I discovered amazingly interesting history from the Biblical mistress Bathsheba to today's Camilla Parker Bowes. Some main mistresses ruled both the kings and their kingdoms for years while some along with their children nearly starved. One mistress was so hated for marrying her prince that the king ordered assassins to rip her to shreads in her own garden.
And, the author has an obsession with Madame Pompadour who appears throughout the book as if the icon for a king's mistress.
One mistress went to war with her king. Most mistresses were constantly at war with those who would unseat them.
Out in our Wild West one Bible studying Lola, King Ludwig's mistress who broke his heart, chased, caught and horsewhipped a man.
Can you imagine what one former mistress lectured about in 1857 at 37 in America and Europe and was well paid for it and attracted crowds?
Find out about the tossed aside mistress whose jealous and insane husband announced he was a tulip, planted his feet into the ground, and ordered his servants to water him, which they did. Learn the fates of the cast aside mistresses who went crawling back to their husbands.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Sex with Kings" is a very disappointing book, didn't like it at all! ... nothing to do with "Sex with the Queen" which I enjoyed enormously.Published 14 days ago by Adriana Villarreal
Well written, clever writing, but not well organized. Was repetitive and would have worked better if written chronologically instead of by type of event. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JG
Soooo interesting - how sex changed politics and many "upper crust" actually started in the lower crust ... so they really do put their pants on one leg at a time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Hetue
A superb book. Time and time again I had to look at the jacket just to make sure a woman author wrote this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tired Parent
If you enjoy a bit of history, you must read this book!!Published 12 months ago by Kelli Lynne Jones