Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world's most engaging royal historians

Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman's blade. From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria's surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain's monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination.

Featuring:
• stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II
• historical myths debunked and surprising “Did you know . . . ?” anecdotes
• four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors

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Review: Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain

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liked it, but not as much as I thought I would. Read full review

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A decent survey of the high points of the reigns, though not in depth due to the brevity of the volume Read full review

About the author (2011)

Michael Farquhar is the bestselling author of"A Treasury of Royal Scandals", "A Treasury of Great American Scancals", "A Treasury of Deception", and "A Treasury of Foolishly Forgotten Americans", as well as coauthor of "The Century: History as It Happened on the Front Page of the Capital's Newspaper".

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