Doomed Queens; Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends
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Doomed Queens; Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends

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Illicit love, madness, betrayal--it isn t always good to be the queen Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots. What did they have in common? For a while they were crowned in gold, cosseted in silk, and flattered by courtiers. But in the end, they spent long nights in dark prison towers and were marched to the scaffold where they surrendered their heads to the executioner. And they are hardly alone in their undignified demises. Throughout history, royal women have had a distressing way of meeting bad ends--dying of starvation, being burned at the stake, or expiring in childbirth while trying desperately to produce an heir. They always had to be on their toes and all too often even devious plotting, miraculous pregnancies, and selling out their sisters was not enough to keep them from forcible consignment to religious orders. From Cleopatra (suicide by asp), to Princess Caroline (suspiciously poisoned on her coronation day), there s a gory downside to being blue-blooded when you lack a Y chromosome. Kris Waldherr s elegant little book is a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of queens across the ages, a quirky, funny, utterly macabre tribute to the dark side of female empowerment. Over the course of fifty irresistibly illustrated and too-brief lives, Doomed Queens charts centuries of regal backstabbing and intrigue. We meet well-known figures like Catherine of Aragon, whose happy marriage to Henry VIII ended prematurely when it became clear that she was a starter wife--the first of six. And we meet forgotten queens like Amalasuntha, the notoriously literate Ostrogoth princess who overreached politically and was strangled in her bath. While their ends were bleak, these queens did not die without purpose. Their unfortunate lives are colorful cautionary tales for today s would-be power brokers--a legacy of worldly and womanly wisdom gathered one spectacular regal ruin at a time. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 90.72g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0767928997
  • 9780767928991
  • 267,812

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"A smart, sassy overview of the 'dark side' of the crown and scepter. It makes a girl glad she was born a commoner." --Robin Maxwell, bestselling author of Mademoiselle Boleyn "A fascinating journey through thousands of years of the world's most dangerous job -- being queen!" --Eleanor Herman, author of Sex with the Queenshow more

About Kris Waldherr

Kris Waldherr is an author, illustrator, and designer whose art has been exhibited in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is the author of The Lover s Path and The Book of Goddesses, and creator of The Goddess Tarot. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. "show more

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1,847 ratings
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4 33% (605)
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2 8% (153)
1 2% (32)

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DOOMED QUEENS recounts the tales of numerous unfortunate queens. Some of these women died unhappily in exile or imprisoned, while others met more unfortunate ends such as suicide or assassination. Readers will meet over fifty queens who met their doom. The timeline of queens discussed range from the biblical era of Athaliah to modern day Princess Diana. They are arranged by time periods and drafted in short and often humorous biographical information. How would their lives have been different if they had been male? A wonderful, entertaining non-fiction book for those curious about royalty, or a perfect sidekick for a fairy tale or royal novel.show more
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