Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di

Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di

Kris Waldherr

Illicit love, insanity, betrayal--it is not strong to be the queen

>Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots. What did they've got in universal? For your time they have been topped in gold, cosseted in silk, and flattered through courtiers. yet in any case, they spent lengthy nights in darkish criminal towers and have been marched to the scaffold the place they surrendered their heads to the executioner. and they're hardly ever by myself of their undignified demises. all through background, royal ladies have had a distressing approach of assembly undesirable ends--dying of hunger, being burned on the stake, or expiring in childbirth whereas making an attempt desperately to supply an inheritor. They regularly needed to be on their ft and all too frequently even devious plotting, surprising pregnancies, and promoting out their sisters used to be no longer adequate to maintain them from forcible consignment to spiritual orders.

From Cleopatra (suicide through asp), to Princess Caroline (suspiciously poisoned on her coronation day), there is a gory draw back to being blue-blooded if you lack a Y chromosome. Kris Waldherr's stylish little booklet is a chronicle of the rigors and tribulations of queens around the a while, a unusual, humorous, completely macabre tribute to the darkish part of woman empowerment. Over the process fifty irresistibly illustrated and too-brief lives, Doomed Queens charts centuries of regal backstabbing and intrigue. We meet famous figures like Catherine of Aragon, whose satisfied marriage to Henry VIII ended upfront whilst it turned transparent that she used to be a starter wife--the first of six. And we meet forgotten queens like Amalasuntha, the notoriously literate Ostrogoth princess who overreached politically and was once strangled in her tub. whereas their ends have been bleak, those queens didn't die with out objective. Their unlucky lives are colourful cautionary stories for cutting-edge would-be energy brokers--a legacy of worldly and womanly knowledge accumulated one astounding regal break at a time.

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