Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

Eleanor Herman


during this follow-up to her bestselling Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman finds the reality approximately what is going on at the back of the closed door of a queen's boudoir. Impeccably researched, full of page-turning romance, ardour, and scandal, Sex with the Queen explores the scintillating sexual lives of a few of our so much liked and notorious lady rulers.

She used to be the queen, dwelling in a luxurious palace, donning lavish robes and striking jewels. She was once envied, favorite, and respected. She was once additionally depressing, having been compelled to marry a overseas prince sight unseen, a royal ogre who was once sadistic, foaming on the mouth, bodily repulsive, mentally incompetent, or sexually impotent—and from time to time all the above.

How did queens locate happiness? In courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—many royal girls had amorous affairs.
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Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had either one of them beheaded.

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Catherine the good had her fool husband murdered, and governed the Russian empire with an extended record of attractive younger favorites.

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Marie Antoinette fell in love with the good-looking Swedish count number Axel Fersen, who attempted valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine.

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Empress Alexandra of Russia came upon emotional solace within the mad monk Rasputin. Her habit used to be the spark that trigger the firestorm of the Russian revolution.

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Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to take pleasure in numerous amorous affairs, which tragically ended in her early death.

whilst a queen turned ailing to loss of life of her husband and took a lover, whatever may happen—from shame and dying to political victory. a few kings imprisoned erring other halves for all times; different monarchs obligingly named the queen's lover leading minister.

The the most important issue identifying the destiny of an untrue queen used to be the affection affair's implications by way of strength, cash, and factional competition. At ecu courts, it was once the politics—not the sex—that triggered a royal woman's tragedy—or her final triumph.

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