Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire

  • Title: Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire
  • Author: Leslie Carroll
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  • Page: 297
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  • Notorious Royal Marriages A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty Destiny and Desire A funny raucous and delightfully dirty 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 an
    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 Catheri 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.

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    About Leslie Carroll


    1. I used to tell people that I was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx but the truth is that apart from the stellar education I received at the Fieldston School in Riverdale, much of who I am was shaped by my two grandmothers, who encouraged me to follow my bliss long before it became the sort of catchphrase you find on tee shirts and new age tchotchkes My East Side grandmother took me to FAO Schwarz, the New York City Ballet, and afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel, where I dreamed of becoming another Eloise My West Side grandmother took me to the Central Park carousel and the zoo and treated me to colorful paper parasols and gummy, lukewarm pretzels from the vendors whose wares my East Side grandmother deemed too dirty for human consumption.There are writers on both sides of my family, and although I always loved to write, I never anticipated that it would become my profession I had wanted to be a ballerina and though my club feet were corrected at birth from the stilettos I adore now, you d never know and my short Achilles tendons made my toes turn in corrected at the age of 9 , I was never going to end up en pointe.About a year later, I decided to become an actress when if I grew up, and I never looked back I majored in Theatre at Cornell University, worked in summer stock, and took classes with a couple of acknowledged masters I performed a lot of Shakespeare and other classics in New York parks, basements, church choir lofts, and the occasional Off Broadway theatre then founded and ran my own nonprofit theatre company for several years And when things got slow, and I found myself working three survival jobs simultaneously one of them as a journalist and editor , I decided it was time to pursue an additional creative avenue Fast forward a decade I m now a multi published author in three genres, as well as a freelance journalist And I ve also adapted a number of classic texts Ivanhoe The Prisoner of Zenda The Scarlet Pimpernel Mark Twain s The Diaries of Adam and Eve for the stage I began writing women s fiction and historical fiction simultaneously, but my first published novel was the urban romantic comedy Miss Match in 2002 In 2005, as I continued to write about feisty female New Yorkers, my first historical novel was published under the pen name Amanda Elyot While keeping those literary plates spinning I made my historical nonfiction debut in the spring of 2008.In what I laughingly refer to as my spare time, I m still a professional actress, working when the scripts and the roles excite me.I m such a native New Yorker that I still don t have a driver s license, Big Sky Country means Central Park, and the farthest I ve ever been from the Upper West Side for any great length of time was my four year stint upstate in Ithaca, at Cornell, known for its rigorous academics and its equally harsh permafrost.My birthday falls on the same day as two of my heroes F Scott Fitzgerald and Jim Henson So I reread The Great Gatsby every year and number Miss Piggy among the great actresses of her generation My favorite color is deep hydrangea blue, and it just kills me that it doesn t look good with red hair.I live in Manhattan with my husband Scott who is my hero and everything I ever dreamed of For the past couple of years we ve been considering an addition to the family in the form of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.


    744 Comments


    1. Who doesn't love reading the juicy gossip about all the hoity toity blue blooded royals of Europe? It makes it even more fun that they're dead (all but a few).

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    2. 3.5 stars A real pleasure to read about these marriages in isolation from the historical record

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    3. Summary: An examination of notorious royal marriages from Henry and Eleanor to Henry and his six wives to Charles and Diana.Why I Read: My mom read it and passed it on to me.My Thoughts: This is a delightfully gossipy history that is far more interesting than every other book I've been assigned to read this semester for history. I was surprised at how many of the couples were love matches! The big thing is that most of the ladies are repurposed from traditional portrayals into thinking, acting f [...]

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    4. After reading and loving Leslie Carroll's Royal Affairs, I just HAD to get my hands on her follow up non-fiction book, Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire! And, it did not disappoint! You see, Leslie has this great sense of humor that resonates throughout the book, making you laugh out loud and wishing high school history was taught this way! I, for one, would've stayed awake for sure!In Notorious Royal Marriages, Miss Carroll covers [...]

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    5. If other history books were written with this much wit and character, maybe so many American students wouldn't be flunking their world history exams.Of course, this isn't intended to be a textbook or a treatise; it covers very specific information on a very narrow subject. But what a subject it is! She covers everything from the most infamous (Napoleon and Josephine) to more obscure (Joanna of Castille/Joanna the Mad and Phillip the Handsome), and all six wives of Henry VIII. She covers the anci [...]

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    6. Loved it. But I always love juicy historical gossip and intrigue. It serves a certain purpose.By the way, whenever I read any book or essay or article or thing about Nicholas and Alexandra, I always hold out hope it's going to end differently this time.Spoiler alert: it doesn't.

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    7. This was truly so delightful. I loved the writing style- historical and academic with a bit of flippancy. I appreciated that the author assumed a baseline knowledge of history.

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    8. Very readable and entertaining overview of many of Europe's royal marriages. I especially like how the author adds information about how the various royals were related, both vertically and horizontally on the family trees. I've used it several times since finishing it as a reference source of time periods and relations for other books and movies.

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    9. Sorry. I got bored about a quarter of the way through this one. It's a nice compendium of information contained in other books, and doesn't offer any new insights at all.

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    10. I found this book less interesting than her previous books. It's still well written and told with humour. I just didn't find that the characters she had chosen kept my interest.

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    11. Whilst I was secretly hoping for a long lost relative or descendent of Lewis Carroll with the author being Leslie Carroll, I guess instead I'll settle for some gossipy history. It's like the E! Network and People Magazine for ancient times. I feel dirty already.But the opening page eased my worries as Countess Dangerosa was brought up. How pimp is that name? I’d give my left nut for all the fun I'd have with that name on the playground growing up. You think anyone would hassle me in capture th [...]

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    12. Leslie Carroll does an admirable job outlining the many renowned royal marriages through the centuries. Students of history will recognize many of the subjects of whom Carroll chose to write, but the reader won't mind as the author's writing style is fluid with the ability to sustain interest. I'd read books in the past about some of the royal subjects covered in this book -- from England's famous Wars of the Roses love match -- Edward IV's marriage to commoner Elizabeth Woodville, to Henry VIII [...]

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    13. Notorious Royal Marriages, by Leslie CarrollBe prepared for an enchanting time with a story teller who’s sure to become one of your favourite raconteurs of the past. Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages, promises you a memorable date with history; be sure to bring your own wine…you’re staying up late tonight.Notorious Royal Marriages, by Leslie Carroll focuses on some of the most renowned royal couples in history. The stories include European monarchs from as early as the 12 [...]

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    14. Non-fiction can be dry and stuffy – just a pile of facts laid out across the page; not so with Leslie Carroll’s new book! The way Leslie presents each royal couple it is like having a conversation with her. She is funny, witty, and gives great passing commentary. Here is an example of what I mean, from the section on Arthur Tudor and Katherine of Aragon: "The bishop blessed the couple and wished them many years of fruitful life together, then departed and left the newlyweds to nature. Or not [...]

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    15. Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire, as its mouthful of a subtitle articulates, offers a trip through almost a millennium’s worth of scandalous true stories populated by royal husbands and wives. And, boy, what an exciting trip it is. It is a book which owes its spine to the less than lovely love stories of thirty-two royal marriages told in chronological order by wedding date and marked by varying levels of spicy controversy, begin [...]

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    16. Interesting survey of notable marriages among European royalty from the 1100s (Eleanor of Aquitaine, wow) to today (the Duchess of Cornwall, ick). As is so often the case with European history, my favorite parts were the insults:lady-faced: Beardless and too femininely pretty to be attractive to women. An envoy used this term to describe Lord Darnley, who shortly afterward seduced and eloped with Mary, Queen of Scots.hoyden: A boisterous girl; a tomboy. Used by the author to describe Marie Antoi [...]

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    17. A most enjoyable and entertaining read. The book certainly is not a historical tome by any means, but rather provides a glimpse into an institution which for thousands of years determined the shape and nature of the world. This book illustrates how the royal families and marriages were used to cement and create political alliances and ensure that countries achieved and worked towards their strategic objectives. On a whole different level, the book is also gossipy and in many respects reflects th [...]

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    18. This book is part of a genre I now call "history lite-ish"--cheesy cover, cheesy title and regular old interesting history in the middle. This is a very good look at royal marriages through the ages. And, with the exception of once-in-a-while descent into language like "Henry was sure there was nothing wrong with his plumbing," it is just well-written history broken into chapters that don't necessarily need to be read in order (although they are in sequential order). Clearly the covers and title [...]

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    19. A very interesting read. It brings to light a lot of interesting points in the history of royal marriages. You always hear how intermarried they were, for instance, but this book really brings it home. Of course, reading about how two married people were raising armies against each other but still making babies together was incredible to think about it!It's not terriby in-depth, but it's not meant to be- it's supposed to be general knowledge on each of the subjects. In that way it was an easy re [...]

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    20. The history of scandalous romances of the rich and famous, those born to royalty or the aristocracy of various European countries. This is very enlightening and engaging for those interested in the hidden sins of people born to glory but turn out to be as normal as the lower classes in that they fall in love with the wrong people and so forth. Most of the affairs in this book were openly conducted so that everyone knew it but otherwise had to turn a blind eye.While reading this book I wondered w [...]

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    21. This is a history of the arranged marriages of royalty that for the most part turned out to be disastrous. Women were used as pawns on the chessboard of Europe for political and monetary gain. Cousins married with abandon which passed the gene causing hemophilia through many of the ruling families, as well as providing many countries with less than intelligent or sane kings and queens. The author covers many of the marriages with which we are familiar but adds her own humorous spin and keeps her [...]

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    22. Oh this was fun. While a good chunk of the couples discussed within it I had already known a great deal about (especially Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Six Wives of Henry VIII) but the way this was written made it easy to read and easy to learn so that those who are new to the historical scene can get their feet wet easily. I also enjoyed the snark that was employed throughout the book, which made it fun. I have Ms. Carroll's other two compilations that I look forward to reading through and expec [...]

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    23. A big change for me, not military history or even about one central historic figure. However, this is one of the best books I've ever read (sorry I lent it out). It is tagged as historical, retrospect indicated inaccuracies in the text; my response - no matter. It is VERY entertaining reading and if one does find a fault, it well provides a trigger for some insightful homework - Great Book, each chapter covers a differing historic couple.

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    24. I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars if there was such an option. Well written and well researched, the truth is interesting enough without the author attempting to be salacious, as I have seen with other books of this type. Ms. Carroll did a great job of presenting the facts. I would recommend this to all history buffs, particularly Anglophiles. Who needs TMZ and People when you have Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.

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    25. I'm not sure I would call the marriage of Victoria and Albert a "notorious" one. Also, way too much on the wives of Henry "Head Chopper" VIII. Some of them could have been combined into one chapter.But overall, an entertaining and amusing read, with a focus on France and England. I love the section about Catherine de Medici.

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    26. Like it's predecessor, it can serve as a good introduction to monarchical history, this time covering parts of European royalty too, not just the British. However, I didn't always agree with her assessment of historical figures and it covers a lot of the same royals you find in the author's non-fiction debut "Royal Affairs" so there is some overlap over information.

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    27. I enjoyed this light hearted but incredibly detailed look at famous royal marriage disasters.

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    28. I echo Emily's review - the writing was academic and historical, and flippant and fresh. I was looking for a lighter read, and I thank my friend for sharing her library treasures. I enjoyed the scope of the book: focusing on the actual marriages and affairs, within the larger historical context. Also: Papal dispensations for incest - perhaps why royal issue had such issues. Also: that one guy whose mom married his dad because his uncle thought mom was ugly - and had a penchant for ugly mistresse [...]

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    29. I picked this up expecting a mildly titillating, historical gossip fest, but was pleasantly surprised. Despite the teasing cover and breezy style, this is a rather poignant account of 32 royal match-ups, ranging from the medieval Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, right through the Diana-Charles-Camilla triangle. The focus is strictly on Europe: you won't find any tidbits about Emperor Hirohito and the Meijii dynasty, or Queen Nzhinga of Angola; but all the iconic European royals make an appeara [...]

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