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    Fact and Fiction: Emma, Lady Hamilton

    Emma Hamilton, celebrated mistress of British Naval hero, Horatio Nelson, is only a minor character in A Royal Likeness by Christine Trent, but made a positive impression on this reader. I could tell there were interesting reasons behind the differing…

  • Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    review, part I: Inglorious Royal Marriages

    I’ve decided to break this into parts, since it’s a hefty book and I’d like to give an extensive review. Chapters 1 through 4 are included in this first part. Inglorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll Chapter 1 Henry VI…

  • Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    review: The Royals

    The Royals: The Lives and Loves of the British Monarchs by Leslie Carroll Book Description: Since the Middle Ages, the lavish world of the English monarchy has fascinated the public. The Royals: The Lives and Loves of the British Monarchs…

  • Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    review: Royal Romances

    Royal Romances: Titillating Tales of Passion and Power in the Palaces of Europe by Leslie Carroll Leslie Carroll’s fourth “Royal” book covers twelve monarchs and their great loves. Chronicling many that aren’t found in the other books, and some simply…

  • Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    review: Royal Pains

    Royal Pains: A Rogue’s Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds by Leslie Carroll Spanning from the 12th century to the 20th century, a dozen royals–bad in their own special way–are chronicled in this collection of misdeeds, brutality, and (more…

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    review: Royal Affairs

    Royal Affairs by Leslie Carroll I read and loved Notorious Royal Marriages earlier this year and immediately went out and purchased its predecessor: Royal Affairs. This compendium of facts and figures on the other women (or men) in the lives…

  • Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    review: Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll

    Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll In my mind there is a subgenre in the history and biography sections of the bookstore which contains collections of non-fiction tidbits and anecdotes. Notorious Royal Marriages is one such book, and it resides…