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