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Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Praise for Leslie Carroll’s Royal Books
“An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel.”—Chicago Tribune (5 Stars)
“For those who tackled Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and can’t get enough of the scandal surrounding Henry VIII’s wives, [Notorious Royal Marriages is] the perfect companion book.”—NewYorker.com
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 nonfiction titles 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 publications, including MSNBC.com, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and NPR, 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 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.
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Her account of Lady Jane was especially refreshing, being the first author that I have encountered to not paint her completely as a victim but as her own person, with flaws. It was a new perspective, and I liked it.
criminal husbands, Melita of Edinburgh who was married to two different cousins, as well as Marie of Romania and Maria Carolina. In some cases, the women were powerful players and did their utmost to stave off the loss of their thrones. In the case of the two Renaissance women, it was more their luxurious lifestyles they ultimately lost. No second chances for any of the women, proving once again that marrying a prince is no guarantee of a happy forever after.
The book is highly readable but at times the chronology of events is scrambled. The use of modern slang is also a bit jarring
in some instances; having the sister in law of Louis XIV described as "butch" or children of the Medici called "kids" seens anachronistic. It was also somewhat ironic that Carroll begins her chapter on Margaret of Anjou by criticizing the fact that her story has been forever affected by her portrayal by Shakespeare, but she seems to accept Shakespeare's description of Richard III as a murderer. However, these are only minor quibbles.
While it got bogged down in detail sometimes, it was readable. I tended to get lost in who was who and how they were related to one another, particularly with regard to Queen Victoria"s grandchildren. All in all a good book. In order to satisfy further my curiosity. I will have to read some of Carroll's other works concerning royalty.
It's not often that you find a truly exceptional book.
This book has it all love, resonance, action, and adventure. Yes, there is even some mushy gushy stuff in here.
There's all kinds of characters from dashing, handsome princes(who turned out to be more frogs than princes), to homely princesses(who acted more as pioneer women instead of damsels in need of rescuing).
each one. all marriages were brokered for political and financial gain. the icing on the cake if they happened to fall in love after marriage.