September 11, 2014

Leslie Carroll's Inglorious Royal Marriages - Spotlight and {Giveaway}

Publication Date: September 2, 2014
NAL Trade
Formats: eBook, Paperback; 400p
Genre: History/Non-Fiction/Royalty

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Why does it seem that the marriages of so many monarchs are often made in hell? And yet we can’t stop reading about them! To satisfy your schadenfreude, INGLORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES offers a panoply of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history….some of which are mentioned below.

When her monkish husband, England’s Lancastrian Henry VI, became completely catatonic, the unpopular French-born Margaret of Anjou led his army against the troops of their enemy, the Duke of York.

Margaret Tudor, her niece Mary I, and Catherine of Braganza were desperately in love with chronically unfaithful husbands—but at least they weren’t murdered by them, as were two of the Medici princesses.

King Charles II’s beautiful, high-spirited sister “Minette” wed Louis XIV’s younger brother, who wore more makeup and perfume than she did.

Compelled by her mother to wed her boring, jug-eared cousin Ferdinand, Marie of Roumania—a granddaughter of Queen Victoria—emerged as a heroine of World War I by using her prodigious personal charm to regain massive amounts of land during the peace talks at Versailles. Marie’s younger sister Victoria Melita wed two of her first-cousins: both marriages ultimately scandalized the courts of Europe.

Brimming with outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, this is an entertaining, unforgettable book of dubious matches doomed from the start.

Praise for Leslie Carroll’s Royal Books
“An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel.”—Chicago Tribune (5 Stars)

“Thoroughly enjoyable.”—Booklist

“For those who tackled Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and can’t get enough of the scandal surrounding Henry VIII’s wives, [Notorious Royal Marriages is] the perfect companion book.”—

About the Author
Leslie Carroll is the author of several works of historical nonfiction, women’s fiction, and, under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, is a multipublished author of historical fiction. Her nonfiction titles include Royal Romances, Royal Pains, Royal Affairs, and Notorious Royal Marriages. She is also a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit, and is an award-winning audio book narrator.

A frequent commentator on royal romances and relationships, Leslie has been interviewed by numerous publications, including, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and NPR, and she was a featured royalty historian on CBS nightly news in London during the royal wedding coverage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She also appears as an expert on the love lives of Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon on the television series “The Secret Life of [fill in the name of famous figure]” for Canada’s History Channel. Leslie and her husband, Scott, divide their time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

For more information please visit Leslie’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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  1. Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I have an addiction to Anne, really, and the Tudor dynasty. I might need rehab.

  2. So many......Henry and all of his wives as well as Victoria and Albert

  3. Eleanor of Aquitaine's second marriage to the future King Henry II. They are both such strong personalities.

  4. I think the marriage of Charles and Diana must have been quite volatile. She never was a shrinking violet.

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  6. I think Anne of Cleves and Henry VIII. I wonder what was so bad about her to him. From what I read, Henry preferred petite, small boned women instead a "great flanders mare" as he described her. Or, by this time, he was no longer the handsome swain he used to be and he saw rejection in her eyes so he turned tables to save his ego.

    Please enter me.I read Ms. Carroll's previous books (and my library only carries ONE) and I loved them!

  7. Probably Henry VIII and Anne, though I don't know as much about other time periods as I do about the Tudors. I think I need to do more research.

  8. The marriage most intriguing to me is the one between Henry and Eleanor of Aquitaine. What a love/hate relationship they had!

  9. The marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert interests me greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. King João V and Maria Anna of Austria, an interesting marriage that we don't hear much about

  11. Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon


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