Sex With the Queen

Sex With the Queen

900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics

Book - 2006
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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.

Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded.

Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered, and ruled the Russian empire with a long list of sexy young favorites.

Marie Antoinette fell in love with the handsome Swedish count Axel Fersen, who tried valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine.

Empress Alexandra of Russia found emotional solace in the mad monk Rasputin. Her behavior was the spark that set off the firestorm of the Russian revolution.

Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to enjoy countless love affairs, which tragically led to her early death.

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.

Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061171369
Branch Call Number: 940.099
Characteristics: xii, 322 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.


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Sep 06, 2017

A fascinating look at royal romance down the centuries, from the woman's side of the coin. All kinds of intriguing tales you've probably never heard before, as well as the more commonly heard stories of royal love gone wrong. It's amazing to see the wide variety of unpleasant side effects that may occur from attempting to marry strategically; ending up harnessed to a spouse whom at best may be a bit dull to one with filthy personal habits, mental illness, or worse, and attempting to perform one's duty of conceiving a legitimate heir with someone you are genuinely repelled by. It's not surprising that so many imperial rulers took lovers, preferring to spend their time with someone they might actually like vs. the totally unsuitable partner they are stuck with, which frequently resulted in empires not necessarily being run by the one who actually wore the crown. I found it engrossing from beginning to end.


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