Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mad Kings And Queens by Allison Rattle & Allison Vale

Mad Kings & Queens by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale
Number of Pages: 160
ISBN Number: 978-0-7607-9311-4
Back Of Book Description:

This frank and fascinating book ransacks the remarkable history of forty of Europe's most dumb, deluded, and downright dangerous monarchs, to reveal a legion of kings and queens who have sat upon the pedestal of power and abused it in spectacular style.

The respectability of the royal position is well and truly tossed aside by the whimsy and the wonton depravity of generations of mad European monarchs, including:

The queen who murdered her husband with a red-hot spit.
The bloodthirsty monarch who impaled tens of thousands of his subjects
The vampiric ruler who bathed in the blood of young women.
The king of excess who beheaded his wives

Mad Kings & Queens is a spectacular celebration of seven hundred years of royal eccentricity, detailing a catalogue of madness and exploring the finer intricacies of royal breeding that lay at its root.

My Grade: A

This is a great book for those who want a quick read of entertaining history. It's not at all dry, but if you've read other books about these monarchs, you've read this one. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of information on the deaths of some of the monarchs they had in the book.

All in all, I did enjoy the book and learned about some new people that I hadn't heard of before.

I'll be keeping an eye out to see if there are more by these two authors.

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