Would recommen this dealer highly. Book arrived in excellent condition and on time.
Dec 10, 2009
More than it says it is
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.
Mar 13, 2009
Fun to read!
Quite entertaining! I love history. My favorite is David McCullough. This was a fun and titillating read!
Feb 13, 2009
Misses the Mark
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-12 When kings marry foreign strangers for dynastic or financial reasons and queens are trained in piety over sensuality, royal mistresses seem an inevitability. Kings had flings and extramarital relationships through much of European history, and in her first book, Herman offers, with relish and dry wit, a delightful overview of their sexual escapades. Her subjects are international, though France dominates and England gets a strong showing. It's a lively account, organized by topic e.g., "The Fruits of Sin-Royal Bastards." Herman weaves into a larger pattern the tales of recurrent figures, such as Louis XIV's mistress Ath?na?s de Montespan and Madame de Pompadour, who is perhaps more famous than her royal lover, Louis XV. Fashions, love potions and cheerful conversation kept kings enthralled while mistresses made themselves wealthy, husbands acquiesced or simmered, courtiers wooed the mistresses and the public admired or ridiculed. A striking number of these relationships continued despite arguments and even the lack of sex. George II even felt it necessary to keep a mistress for his reputation despite actually loving his wife. Herman ends on a modern note, recounting how Camilla Parker-Bowles famously introduced herself to Prince Charles by noting that her great-grandmother had been his great-great-grandfather's mistress. Herman ends on a serious note, but her wit and perceptiveness will carry readers through this royally pleasurable romp. Agent, Barbara Perlmutter. (July) Forecast: As Janet Maslin has already indicated in the New York Times, this could be the high-brow sexy beach read of the summer. And though a commoner and American-born, Herman dresses regally in her author photo. BOMC main selection. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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