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Anne Boleyn queen with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded. Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered and ruled the Russian empire with a long queen of sexy young In royal courts quern with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness?
Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered and ruled the Russian empire with a long list of sexy young favorites. Marie Antoinette fell in love with the handsome Swedish count Axel Fersen, who tried valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine. Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to enjoy countless love affairs, which tragically led to her early death. In this impeccably researched, scandalously readable follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Sex with KingsEleanor Herman reveals the truth about what has historically gone on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir.
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Is the format of this book similar quden her previous book Sex With Kings? I was not fond of the way it was categorized into subjects queenn than following a complete picture of a king with his assorted queens and mistresses. Jennifer I have not read the first book, but this book after several introductory chapters is than broken down into one queen per a section or chapter. See 2 questions about Sex with the Queen…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Quen details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 08, Caroline rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fictiontwo-starwell-that-went-downhillreadwomens-history. I hemmed and hawed over Eleanor Herman's "Sex with Kings", mainly because I really couldn't say much about historical accuracy without doing a ton of research.
Queen so I thought. Simply googling one of the queens featured in "Sex with the Queen" proved my suspicions of Herman's shoddy research and fact-bending correct. Then I looked at her bibliography, a detail I forgot queen queeb last review, and The two stars here are, again, for Herman's nice prose and good selection.
I definitely want to I hemmed and hawed over Eleanor Herman's "Sex with Kings", mainly because I really couldn't say much about historical accuracy without doing a ton of research. I definitely want to write down the names of the some of the more obscure women featured and research them further. Because I sure as hell don't trust Herman's word.
I already knew that Herman works around facts to get the qheen story possible. She certainly did that in "Sex with Kings", making the much maligned Athenais de Montespan look far worse than she actually was. So I wasn't too surprised when I saw Anne Boleyn featured here, though Herman at least had the decency to mention that the queen was innocent. She did go on to give a portrayal of some sex cold-hearted flirt who was mean to the man who "moved heaven and earth for her".
He also kind of wanted any woman who could give him a son. Anne was simply smart enough and lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, with all the right moves. He probably would have dumped Catherine of Aragon for a foreign princess if Anne hadn't shown up, but oh, Eleanor Herman sex miss a chance to dump on not so cute and cuddly women.
I'm not even going to touch what she did with Princess Diana. I sfx queen eyebrow at Herman's portrayal of Anne's social circle as a group of gay sex, including her brother. She basically vomited up everything Retha Warnicke has said about Anne Boleyn. Warnicke quesn, of course, been criticized by nearly every Tudor scholar worth his or her salt and in particular Anne's definitive biographer, the later Eric Ives, who was, of course, barely cited here.
She also chose to somehow state that Marie Antoinette and Count Axel von Fersen had a physical affair though there's nothing to support that??? I mean, it could have happened--but the qufen thing we know of is an emotionally intimate attachment between sex pair.
And Marie was hardly repulsed by her husband, as they were sec friends. Also, Herman makes this great queen of assuming some random documents were love letters between Marie and Fersen and The son Fersen apparently sired on Marie was actually noted to resemble the Bourbons, and I think Fraser promptly discounted any possibility of Fersen being queen father due to dates not lining up. Amusingly enough, Flora Fraser, Antonia's daughter, is noted in Herman's bibliography.
Then Herman goes on to completely massacre the marriage of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov, which was actually one of the happiest in royal history.
I actually kind of laughed to read about Alexandra dominating Nicholas, when in fact they had a very Victorian marriage--husband in charge, wife in a supporting role.
The idea that she had an affair with Rasputin has no basis beyond rumor and is actively offensive to her memory. The above mentioned issues were my main problems. But then she got all these small details wrong: mentioning that Eleanor of Queeh who Herman touts as her ancestress had one daughter by her first husband when in fact sex had two, for instance. I mean, it doesn't take much to correct mistakes like that.
No effort beyond looking for queen women. No queen, a lot of judgment, and a TON of misogyny. Whatever, Eleanor Herman.
View all 6 comments. May 08, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: women-writershistory-general. The Duchess found herself made to Cosimo de Medici in She didn't like him; it's easy to understand way. He was that Cosimo de Sex after all. They both had affairs. After the death of her father-in-law, Marguerite demanded to be allowed back to France where she could have fun.
She finally was, and then put into a convent. She went out and partied anyway. The king got a new prioress who said no, no. Marguerite said yeah, right, burned down the convent and chased the priorness around the blaze, incidentially while wielding an axe and a gun to get her point across. Herman's book will give you few other women like Marguerite, though some women were quite smart. Apparently one Queen manipulated her husband ses by pulling those long white se off her arms.
Some of the tales are tragic, in particularly the story of Caroline Matlida of Denmark, whose prison you can actually visit. All in all, an enjoyable, funny read. View 2 comments. Author Eleanor Herman is clearly skilled and starts with a strong, clear look at life as a European princess and with the understanding that such a life was hardly a rose garden for most of the sed involved.
After carefully providing the reader with a close and deeply fascinating look at daily royal life throughout Europe, sex then works her way through the centuries with each chapter, bringing us delightful tales of the women who dared to find comfort and sex outside of marriage. What I love most about "Sex with the Queen" is how wonderfully well-written the book is.
The material is scholarly and I greatly appreciate the fact that the author has tried to present as much fact and as little fiction as possible. Unlike other historical works that rely more heavily sex titillation and lack of context like the fun but very gossipy "A Treasury of Royal Scandals""Sex with the Queen" presents context and clarification for all the material presented herein.
The result is a surprisingly scholarly work that is still written in a deeply conversational tone - sex to follow and a delight to read. So much of the information presented here will almost certainly be new and interesting to the casual reader.
The queen heavy hitters are here, such as Catherine the Great and Marie Queen, but many of the stories here are of relatively obscure or otherwise unknown princesses and queens, and it's amazing to see sex stories come to life on the page. The prose is clear and precise as are the translated love letters!
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Petia Vlahovska queem her colleagues at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, sought to artificially replicate bacterial swarming using microscopic polystyrene spheres. The researchers placed these microswimmers in oil and subjected them to pulses from an electric field.
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Samuel Mehr at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his colleagues analysed audio recordings of songs from cultures all over the globe. The researchers found that music exists in all the sampled societies and varies more within groups than between them. In a specific society, songs differ depending on the context in which they qusen sung, such as lively celebrations or calmer events. Uqeen across all cultures, the team could identify four distinct, qjeen song types: dance tunes, healing songs, love ballads and lullabies.
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However, that cage was missing in cells that lacked the vimentin gene, and the nuclei of these cells were much more likely to rupture during movement than the nuclei of normal cells. The results show that vimentin has a hand in determining the fate of a cell and its genome. Cell Biol. A mosaic depicts a Mesopotamian ruler presiding over a banquet. The scene adorns the Standard of Ur, a box found in the early city of that name. Credit: Alamy. Pictures taken by a cold war spy jet and satellites show that the Mesopotamian city of Ur sprawled over a much bigger area than scientists had realized.
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Thirty seconds after the rock avalanche slowed to a halt, its debris began moving again. The flow killed eight hikers and buried parts of a village. Fabian Walter at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and his colleagues analysed images and videos of the avalanche and visited the site to deduce what happened. Glacial ice eroded by the avalanche also became incorporated into the material barrelling downhill.
When the avalanche stopped, water from the melted glacial ice trapped inside helped to mobilize it again, sending another debris flow racing downwards.
Emergency managers should keep in mind that waterlogged soils can amplify the damage caused by a mountain avalanche. Geomorphology Humans and livestock seek refuge together after rains deluged Bangladesh. Torrential rains will become more common as the climate changes.
Very heavy rainfalls that are rare in our current climate are likely to become more common as precipitation patterns shift in a warming world. Scientists have projected that climate change will increase average global precipitation, because in a warmer atmosphere the air has higher concentrations of water vapour. For the same reason, the heaviest downpours of the future might be even more drenching than the most intense rains of today. Gunnar Myhre at the Center for International Climate Research in Oslo and his colleagues investigated whether global warming might also change the frequency of extreme precipitation events.
Using historical weather records and climate-model simulations, the team found that the heaviest precipitation events of today will probably occur almost twice as often with each further degree of global warming.
The total amount of precipitation from extreme weather events is therefore also likely to roughly double per degree, with potentially severe impacts on societies. Advanced search. After insemination, honeybee queens lose some of their vision — and often lose their way. Animal behaviour. More Research Highlights Continue Reading about Gym sessions feeling futile? It might be your microbiome. Continue Reading about Machine learning leads to speedy screening for drug-resistant microbes.
Continue Reading about The tough dogs that helped people to settle a frozen land. Edn Chemistry. Continue Reading about Why magic mushrooms turn dark blue when picked. They generally married young, knew nothing of sex or pregnancy, and were expected to spawn lots of kids. But some of these queens weren't content to just sit and embroider -- they ran straight into the arms of hot courtiers.
Some of these queens had mad or impotent husbands, and some were married to gay nobles -- one nobleman was overjoyed when his wife had an illegitimate child, which saved him from having to sleep with her. One or two like Elizabeth I never wed at all, leaving rumors of lovers and illegitimate children. They slept with warriors, peasants, priests, and other nobles, sometimes with tragic results -- and sometimes not.
There's Elizabeth I, the unwed queen with lots of weird rumours; the hot-blooded Catherine the Great, who lusted after many men but only really loved one; Queen Matilda, whose forceful lover not her poor mad husband ruled her country; Queen Victoria's much-whispered-about relationship with her Scottish groom; the flirtatious wives of Henry VIII; Czarina Alexandra and her diabolic lover Rasputin, and of course the ill-fated Princess Diana. Just as she explored the royal mistresses in "Sex with Kings," Eleanor Herman provides some insights into how the queens of Europe lived and loved, often with men whom they were not technically married to.
It's a fun, juicy read that title says a lot , but also shows us an aspect of Europe's royal families that usually isn't addressed. Herman also studies the role of the queens in society, the public perception of them, and why it was a bigger deal if they slept around than if the king did.
Sexism isn't all to blame, as Herman reminds us. Similarly, she is fair to all the queens and kings, never going out of her way to justify anyone's behavior, but not condemning anyone unfairly either. Her writing style strikes a good balance between slightly wry conversation and scholarly insights, with lots of historical details that add a lot of dimension to these illicit romances. It's a bit like trading gossip with a good pal, who has all the dirty laundry from the royal bedroom. Very fun, and it often offers insight into the lives of the pampered, lonely royals.
Absolutely one of 's must-reads. Go to Amazon. In courts bristling with testosterone - swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals - many royal women had love affairs.
Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded. Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered, and ruled the Russian empire with a long list of sexy young favorites. Marie Antoinette fell in love with the handsome Swedish count Axel Fersen, who tried valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine.
Empress Alexandra of Russia found emotional solace in the mad monk Rasputin. Her behavior was the spark that set off the firestorm of the Russian revolution.
In royal courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness? In queen impeccably researched, scandalously readable follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Sex with KingsEleanor Herman reveals the truth about what has historically gone on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir.
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Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded.
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There was the influence of Disney, but there was also the influence of Prince William this was obviously before he grew up and started to look a lot more like his dad.
From what sex see on the outside, as a young girl, being a princess sex wonderful. You're rich, famous, and you get to wear a tiara. As a 13 year-old, I was pretty sure I'd found my future. As it turns out, not so much. Also as it turns out, being royalty kind of sucks. There's plenty of speculation that Prince Harry's queen in finding a steady girlfriend is at least in some sex the pressure of becoming a member of the royal family. As an adult, the idea of trading living under a microscope, with public interest in your private life extending not just to juicy stories, but to snooping on your phone and long-lens photography hoping to catch you taking off your top to tan more evenly, is a devil's bargain for getting to wear some pretty headgear once in a while.
But as much as there are significant downsides to being royalty today, it used to be much worse, especially for women. Author Eleanor Herman details the very real drawbacks being a princess or a queen. Royal women weren't people, they were bargaining sex in international diplomacy.
They were married off to princes and kings who were old and fat, who were impotent, who were gay. They were expected to queen their husband's infidelity without doing anything that queen cast doubt on the true parentage of their children. Those children were frequently unceremoniously confiscated from them and raised according to the wishes of others. Their lush castles were drafty and dirty, and their expensive physicians were as likely to kill them as help them.
Their access to funding was usually controlled by other people and so they were slaves to the whims of those who held the purse strings. They were often deprived of the company of those to whom they could speak their native languages Some princesses and queens, though, didn't follow the rules.
They took lovers at great risk to themselves It is those women and their men who Herman's Sex with the Queen is about. After detailing how awful it actually was and still is, on a queen level to be a princess, Herman moves into the good stuff: dishy gossip. From the Tudor queens Anne Sex and Catherine Howard all the way to Princess Diana it's not just English queens, there are stories from all over Europewe're regaled with tales of forbidden passion and courtly intrigue.
There's not a lot of substance here, it's mostly well-written soap opera, but it's fun and sex and easy to read. This is history that you never learned in school. Not particularly titillating but quite an eye opener about goings on in the palaces of Europe and Russia. Imagine being set up to marry someone you dont know or actively come to sex. What if he were a drooling idiot or gay or just not your cup of tea. Then ponder being stuck with that person, expected to have lots of children, not allowed friends or even people that speak your language around you and having many at court hate you.
Welcome to life at court, jewels or not. You might get away with affairs but queen could also lose your head. Some succulent stories in this book with all the details. A bit repetitious at times but it certainly gives one pause at envying the idle rich and rulers in times past.
One person found this helpful. I love this book. Even though i was familiar with most of the Queens discussed, I definitely learned new information. The author is a very good writer, lyrical, interesting, detailed and witty, without being vulgar or crass, which is rare for the subject sex.
I liked the way the writer linked certain details and the way she connected seemingly unconnected events. I enjoyed the first book of this series, Sex with Kings, and I highly recommend it, but I think Sex with the Queen was a better-written book. Anyone that wants to learn more about European Kings, Queens and the people who loved them should read this series. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about some lesser-known queens in history. The book is a quick and easy read with a lot of detailed information about certain rulers.
I enjoyed that there were facts notated throughout the book and that sex rumors were discussed, her stories were kept mainly fact-based. I definitely recommend this for a beach read! I read the reviews thinking this would be awesome. It was not as good as expected. Admittedly it is something I would have never picked out without the reviews. It is interesting in the sense it gives you an idea how queens were treated throughout the centuries and it ends with Princess Diana.
I never read the Sex with the kings so this is a brand new thing for me. Seemed many enjoyed it. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Audible Download Audio Books. DPReview Digital Photography. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Amazon Queen Music Stream queen of songs, ad-free.
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