Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback; 400p
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Why does it seem that the marriages of so many monarchs are often made in hell? And yet we can’t stop reading about them! To satisfy your schadenfreude, INGLORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES offers a panoply of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history….some of which are mentioned below.
When her monkish husband, England’s Lancastrian Henry VI, became completely catatonic, the unpopular French-born Margaret of Anjou led his army against the troops of their enemy, the Duke of York.
Margaret Tudor, her niece Mary I, and Catherine of Braganza were desperately in love with chronically unfaithful husbands—but at least they weren’t murdered by them, as were two of the Medici princesses.
King Charles II’s beautiful, high-spirited sister “Minette” wed Louis XIV’s younger brother, who wore more makeup and perfume than she did.
Compelled by her mother to wed her boring, jug-eared cousin Ferdinand, Marie of Roumania—a granddaughter of Queen Victoria—emerged as a heroine of World War I by using her prodigious personal charm to regain massive amounts of land during the peace talks at Versailles. Marie’s younger sister Victoria Melita wed two of her first-cousins: both marriages ultimately scandalized the courts of Europe.
Brimming with outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, this is an entertaining, unforgettable book of dubious matches doomed from the start.
Inglorious Royal Marriages is another great historical nonfiction book by Leslie Carroll. I have read her previous novels, Royal Romance, Royal Pains, and Royal Affairs, and this book was very similar to them. I felt like it was a little more boring that her previous novels, and read slightly more like a text book than the others, but I still really enjoyed it. I love learning about the secrets of royal marriages/families. It is so interesting to find out about the different affairs and intrigues these couples engaged in. It seems a rarity for royal marriages to actually be normal and loving! I suppose it would be hard to have a ‘normal’ marriage when more than likely you were married to your husband or wife whether you wanted to be or not. This wasn’t a novel that I was completely engrossed in and unable to put down, but I did really enjoy reading it and definitely wanted to finish the book to find out the dirty secrets about these different royal couples. The books I read tend to be about a few of the same well known royals, so it’s interesting to read about royalty who I have never heard about before!
Overall I enjoyed reading Inglorious Royal Marriages, and if you are interested in historical nonfiction, especially about royalty, than this is a great book to pick up and read!
I give this novel FOUR out of FIVE stars.
Praise for Leslie Carroll’s Royal Books
“An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel.”—Chicago Tribune (5 Stars)
“For those who tackled Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and can’t get enough of the scandal surrounding Henry VIII’s wives, [Notorious Royal Marriages is] the perfect companion book.”—NewYorker.com
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About the Author
Leslie Carroll is the author of several works of historical nonfiction, women’s fiction, and, under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, is a multipublished author of historical fiction. Her nonfiction titles include Royal Romances, Royal Pains, Royal Affairs, and Notorious Royal Marriages. She is also a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit, and is an award-winning audio book narrator.
A frequent commentator on royal romances and relationships, Leslie has been interviewed by numerous publications, including MSNBC.com, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and NPR, and she was a featured royalty historian on CBS nightly news in London during the royal wedding coverage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She also appears as an expert on the love lives of Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon on the television series “The Secret Life of [fill in the name of famous figure]” for Canada’s History Channel. Leslie and her husband, Scott, divide their time between New York City and Washington, D.C.
For more information please visit Leslie's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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