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Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics (P.S.) Paperback – 5 Jul 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060846747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060846749
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author of Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen, New York Times bestselling historian Eleanor Herman has hosted episodes for the National Geographic Channel and the History Channel's Lost Worlds. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is married and lives in McLean, Virginia.


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I picked this book up in a bulk buy of interesting-looking history books for researching my dissertation. I thought it looked to be a rollicking good read but I found it be sourly disappointing. Herman is a very talented writer, as this book reads like a well-planned romance novel. She enjoys descriptions of luscious beauties and disgusting kings, and the torrid love affairs of these beautiful queens and their handsome loves... however, as a history student, it is easy to see the holes in the narratives she presents. This is not a well-researched book; I do not claim to be an expert in many of the cases she looks at, but Herman takes rumour and myth at face value, so determined is she to spin everything surrounding scandalous kings and queens into affairs, heterosexual or homosexual. Perhaps she ought to devote her time to written well-set and well-written historical fiction, and would be best to stay out of the field of historical study.
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The book is very entertaining and an enjoyable read but I could only give it three stars. I found that popular history books are very exaggerated and at times this book really pushes it. I understand to sell the book it needs to be fun but I wish it had stuck to the historical facts a little bit more.
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Dozens of royal mistresses had their stories told in detail, thanks to Eleanor Herman's "Sex With Kings" -- the good, the bad, and the romantic.

And Herman does not disappoint in her follow-up, about the other side of royal marriage -- "Sex with the Queen: 900 years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers and Passionate Politics." Without gender bias or a shred of maliciousness, Herman explores centuries of queens who did the same as their kings, sometimes with tragic results. It's a juicy, scholarly book -- and that is not a contradiction.

Most European queens were raised to be chaste, demure and obedient, in the image of the Virgin Mary. They generally married young, knew nothing of sex or pregnancy, and were expected to spawn lots of kids. But some of these queens weren't content to just sit and embroider -- they ran straight into the arms of hot courtiers.

Some of these queens had mad or impotent husbands, and some were married to gay nobles -- one nobleman was overjoyed when his wife had an illegitimate child, which saved him from having to sleep with her. One or two (like Elizabeth I) never wed at all, leaving rumors of lovers and illegitimate children. They slept with warriors, peasants, priests, and other nobles, sometimes with tragic results -- and sometimes not.

There's Elizabeth I, the unwed queen with lots of weird rumours; the hot-blooded Catherine the Great, who lusted after many men but only really loved one; Queen Matilda, whose forceful lover (not her poor mad husband) ruled her country; Queen Victoria's much-whispered-about relationship with her Scottish groom; the flirtatious wives of Henry VIII; Czarina Alexandra and her diabolic lover Rasputin, and of course the ill-fated Princess Diana.
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I mostly enjoyed this book, but the author needs to check the definition of 'rape'. You can't 'want' to be 'raped'. Get a grip.
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Very good sevice.
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