By Eleanor Herman
During this follow-up to her bestselling intercourse with Kings, Eleanor Herman finds the reality approximately what is going on in the back of the closed door of a queen's boudoir. Impeccably researched, jam-packed with page-turning romance, ardour, and scandal, intercourse with the Queen explores the scintillating sexual lives of a few of our such a lot loved and notorious woman rulers. She used to be the queen, residing in a luxurious palace, donning lavish robes and spectacular jewels. She used to be envied, favourite, and respected. She used to be additionally depressing, having been compelled to marry a international prince sight unseen, a royal ogre who was once sadistic, foaming on the mouth, bodily repulsive, mentally incompetent, or sexually impotent -- and now and again all the above. How did queens locate happiness? In courts bristling with testosterone -- swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals -- many royal ladies had love affairs.
• Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had either one of them beheaded.
• Catherine the nice had her fool husband murdered, and governed the Russian empire with an extended record of horny younger favorites.
• Marie Antoinette fell in love with the good-looking Swedish count number Axel Fersen, who attempted valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine.
• Empress Alexandra of Russia came across emotional solace within the mad monk Rasputin. Her habit used to be the spark that trigger the firestorm of the Russian revolution.
• Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to take pleasure in numerous amorous affairs, which tragically ended in her early death.
When a queen turned ill to demise of her husband and took a lover, something might occur -- from shame and loss of life to political victory. a few kings imprisoned erring better halves for all times; different monarchs obligingly named the queen's lover leading minister. The an important issue identifying the destiny of an untrue queen used to be the affection affair's implications by way of energy, funds, and factional contention. At ecu courts, it used to be the politics -- no longer the intercourse -- that triggered a royal woman's tragedy -- or her final triumph.
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Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics by Eleanor Herman