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Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics (P.S.) Paperback – June 26, 2007
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About the Author
The author of Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen, New York Times bestselling historian Eleanor Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel's Lost Worlds. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.
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Top Customer Reviews
And Herman does not disappoint in "Sex with the Queen: 900 years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics." Without being biased one way or another, Herman explores centuries of queens who did the same as their kings, sometimes with tragic results. It's a juicy, scholarly book -- and that is not a contradiction.
Most European queens were raised to be chaste, demure and obedient, in the image of the Virgin Mary. They generally married young, knew nothing of sex or pregnancy, and were expected to spawn lots of kids. But some of these queens weren't content to just sit and embroider -- they ran straight into the arms of hot courtiers.
Some of these queens had mad or impotent husbands, and some were married to gay nobles -- one nobleman was overjoyed when his wife had an illegitimate child, which saved him from having to sleep with her. One or two (like Elizabeth I) never wed at all, leaving rumors of lovers and illegitimate children. They slept with warriors, peasants, priests, and other nobles, sometimes with tragic results -- and sometimes not.Read more ›
PS I am curious about the choice of cover art for "Queen" versus that for "Sex with Kings"--why a lovely scantily clad lady on BOTH? Perhaps we would be seeing a more "feminist" work if the cover of "Queen" had featured an analagous male figure!
MJD April 2006
I found this book to be thoroughly enjoyable -- a quick, engaging, and carefully researched look at the sometimes incredible lives of the royals. The queens had their work cut out for them, what with various impediments, sexual and otherwise, placed in their way to a fulfilling love life. These kings were a bunch of losers, for the most part, though the queens weren't always so hot either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book. History can be so dull, but this certainly was not! As the saying goes..truth can be stranger than fiction!Published 16 days ago by Karin Backstrom
I don't know about you, but when I was a little girl, I wanted to be a princess when I grew up. There was the influence of Disney, but there was also the influence of Prince... Read morePublished 1 month ago by 500 Books
Eleanor Herman is a very good and funny writer.. This is totally entertaining non fiction, my favorite genre.Published 4 months ago by Rita
This was a much harder read than Herman first book "Sex with Kings". Parts of it weren't as good, it seem off to me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Johnson
I never read a book so fast! I couldn't put it down. LOVE this book. Hope to meet Eleanor Herman some day.Published 7 months ago by MK
I love her books! Dishy history that proves the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction.Published 14 months ago by Cathleen