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ISBN: 0060585439 / ISBN-13: 9780060585433

Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge

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Herman shares the scandalous truth about the illicit relationships of some of history's most powerful men--and the women who slept with them to get ... Show synopsis

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  • Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge (William Morrow & Company) – Hardcover (2004)
    by Eleanor Herman

    Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge

    Hardcover, William Morrow & Company
    2004
    English
    287 pages

    ISBN: 0060585439
    ISBN-13: 9780060585433

    Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman's "Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this glittering tale of passion and politics chronicles five hundred years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them. Curiously, the main function of a royal ... Show more

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Reviews of Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge

Overall customer rating: 3.750
ahobler

Good transaction

by ahobler on May 27, 2010

Would recommen this dealer highly. Book arrived in excellent condition and on time.

brioche

More than it says it is

by brioche on Dec 10, 2009

There's lots of history in this book and the companion "Sex With the Queen". I'm a history buff but I still found information I didn't already know, and it puts royal affairs into their contexts and eras.

SilkLinenCashmere.com

Fun to read!

by SilkLinenCashmere.com on Mar 13, 2009

Quite entertaining! I love history. My favorite is David McCullough. This was a fun and titillating read!

bookgeek

Misses the Mark

by bookgeek on Feb 13, 2009

I had a hard time finishing this one. I had been waiting to read it for ages, finally got my hands on a copy at the library, and hated it. The anecdotes are wonderful, but the book is a disorganized mess. It was an unpleasant read, to say the least. Completely unengaging, without any artistic merit whatsoever. Also, I found it hard to take the author seriously as an historical expert. It is one thing to have an appreciation for period clothing, and wear it to gain an understanding of what daily life was like for these royal mistresses. It is quite another thing to be photographed for an allegedly academic book in said garments, and to insist upon wearing them in your personal life and for public appearances. In short, she looks like a crackpot, and it troubles me that the author would intentionally sabotage her credibility. If you are interested in the history of famous mistresses, I would suggest Dangerous Minds by David Bodanis or England's Mistress by Kate Williams. They are richly detailed, painstakingly researched, and filled with juicy bits of history.

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