Any fan of history knows that the tabloids were not the first to showcase royal marriages gone astray. People have been interested in kings and queen squabbling, cheating, and breaking marital vows for centuries, and couples today have nothing on some of history's most famous ruling duos.
Leslie Carroll first amused and entertained with Royal Affairs and her sequel Notorious Royal Marriages is just as juicy and scandalous as her first book. With such couples as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II (that's a lady who knew how to get around), Joanna the Mad and Philip the Handsome, Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine, Henry VIII and his many amours, all the way up the Charles, Prince of Wales and his marital woes, Leslie Carroll had covered some of the most intriguing marriages that just didn't end in happily ever after. She brought to life some of history's most intriguing times, and shows that history is just made sitting on thrones, many times it's what happens in the bedroom that matters most.
A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty 900-year history of the royal marriages of Europe's most famous-and infamous-monarchs.
Since time immemorial, royal marriages have had little to do with love- and almost everything to do with diplomacy and dynasty. Clashing personalities have joined in unholy matrimony to form such infamous couples as Russia's Peter II and Catherine the Great, and France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici-all with the purpose of begetting a male heir. But with tensions high and silverware flying, kings like England's Henry II have fled to the beds of their nubile mistresses, while queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine have plotted their revenge...
Full of the juicy gossip and bad behavior that characterized Royal Affairs, this book chronicles the love-hate marriages of the crowned heads of Europe-from the Angevins to Charles and Di-and ponders how dynasties ever survived at all.