Sex with the Queen (Google eBook)
In this follow-up to her bestselling Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what goes on behind the closed door of a queen's boudoir. Impeccably researched, filled with page-turning romance, passion, and scandal, Sex with the Queen explores the scintillating sexual lives of some of our most beloved and infamous female rulers.
She was the queen, living in an opulent palace, wearing lavish gowns and dazzling jewels. She was envied, admired, and revered. She was also miserable, having been forced to marry a foreign prince sight unseen, a royal ogre who was sadistic, foaming at the mouth, physically repulsive, mentally incompetent, or sexually impotent—and in some cases all of the above.
How did queens find happiness? In courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—many royal women had love affairs.
When a queen became sick to death of her husband and took a lover, anything could happen—from disgrace and death to political victory. Some kings imprisoned erring wives for life; other monarchs obligingly named the queen's lover prime minister.
The crucial factor deciding the fate of an unfaithful queen was the love affair's implications in terms of power, money, and factional rivalry. At European courts, it was the politics—not the sex—that caused a royal woman's tragedy—or her ultimate triumph.
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Review: Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate PoliticsUser Review - Megan Gery - Goodreads
I didn't mean to read this book. I just saw the title in the library and found myself intrigued. I'm so glad I did! It's well-researched, well-organized, and very well written. Herman approaches a ... Read full review
Review: Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate PoliticsUser Review - Lauren - Goodreads
Really excellent writing and fascinating material. Herman did a great job of humanizing historical figures and making them compelling without inundating the reader with too many dusty facts. Read full review
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