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A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors

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by Michael Farquhar
Date Reviewed: January 06, 2003

Aside from having the world’s longest title, this book was fairly enjoyable. Great fiction it’s not, and much of the time the author (admittedly) presents rumor rather than fact, but I don’t think anyone actually expects this book to be history in the strictest sense. The book delivers on its title – many of the stories are shocking. I mean, I always knew that kings and emperors and the like were immoral, but I don’t think I ever realized just quite how immoral they really were, nor was I aware of the level of incest, fratricide, infanticide, parenticide, homicide, suicide, sistercide, cousincide, or other -cides there were among the ruling class (or the aspiring ruling class). It’s downright dangerous to wear a crown! I must admit, though, that they seem to enjoy themselves while it lasts. UPDATE: Well, what do you know? The author of this book wandered by, and read this review! Here’s what he had to say:

I came across your review of the book (see, people do care!) and just want to clarify one thing: There is no rumor in the book…it is all historical fact. I realize this is hard to believe, given how outrageous some of the behavior was, but it’s true! I have a new book out that might interest you. It’s called A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing. Same format of the other book, just a little closer to home.

I’ll be checking that one out, too!

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