➳ [Reading] ➶ Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge By Eleanor Herman ➩ – Epubdb.co

➳ [Reading] ➶ Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge  By Eleanor Herman ➩ – Epubdb.co chapter 1 Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge , meaning Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge , genre Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge , book cover Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge , flies Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge , Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge 8b5181a1a90fc Throughout The Centuries, Royal Mistresses Have Been Worshiped, Feared, Envied, And Reviled They Set The Fashions, Encouraged The Arts, And, In Some Cases, Ruled Nations Eleanor Herman S Sex With Kings Takes Us Into The Throne Rooms And Bedrooms Of Europe S Most Powerful Monarchs Alive With Flamboyant Characters, Outrageous Humor, And Stirring Poignancy, This Glittering Tale Of Passion And Politics Chronicles Five Hundred Years Of Scintillating Women And The Kings Who Loved ThemCuriously, The Main Function Of A Royal Mistress Was Not To Provide The King With Sex But With Companionship Forced To Marry Repulsive Foreign Princesses, Kings Sought Solace With Women Of Their Own Choice And What Women They Were From Madame De Pompadour, The Famous Mistress Of Louis XV, Who Kept Her Position For Nineteen Years Despite Her Frigidity, To Modern Day Camilla Parker Bowles, Who Usurped None Other Than The Glamorous Diana, Princess Of WalesThe Successful Royal Mistress Made Herself Irreplaceable She Was Ready To Converse Gaily With Him When She Was Tired, Make Love Until All Hours When She Was Ill, And Cater To His Every Whim Wearing A Mask Of Beaming Delight Over Any And All Discomforts, She Was Never To Be Exhausted, Complaining, Or Grief StrickenTrue, Financial Rewards For Services Rendered Were Of Royal Proportions Some Royal Mistresses Earned Up To Million In Titles, Pensions, Jewels, And Palaces Some Kings Allowed Their Mistresses To Exercise Unlimited Political Power But For All Its Grandeur, A Royal Court Was A Scorpion S Nest Of Insatiable Greed, Unquenchable Lust, And Vicious Ambition Hundreds Of Beautiful Women Vied To Unseat The Royal Mistress Many Would Suffer The Slings And Arrows Of Negative Public Opinion, Some Met With Tragic Ends And Were Pensioned Off To Make Room For Younger Women But The Royal Mistress Often Had The Last Laugh, As She Lived Well And Richly Off The Fruits Of Her Sins From The Dawn Of Time, Power Has Been A Mighty Aphrodisiac With Diaries, Personal Letters, And Diplomatic Dispatches, Eleanor Herman S Trailblazing Research Reveals The Dynamics Of Sex And Power, Rivalry And Revenge, At The Most Brilliant Courts Of Europe Wickedly Witty And Endlessly Entertaining, Sex With Kings Is A Chapter Of Women S History That Has Remained Unwritten Until Now


10 thoughts on “Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge

  1. says:

    What I learned was that, back in the day, the fundamental order of operations, in terms of position went a little something like this popekingmistress at her peakbastard son of kinglegit son of kingsack of shitmistress at all other timesqueensack of shit on fire


  2. says:

    Although the topic was very interesting, the organization of this book completely killed it Herman jumps around from one royal mistress to the next, and it became very difficult to follow who was who I found myself flipping back to earlier chapters to see who she was talking about I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I couldn t even finish it With a good editor and some chronological organization, it has potential to be really interesting stuff As it is, it s only poorly written, unorganized information.


  3. says:

    I had mixed feelings about this book On the plus side, it s a fascinating read, giving a perspective on history that we don t often get It s also laugh out loud funny in a lot of places On the minus side, the author has a couple of quirks that I found slightly irritating One is that she s constantly beginning sections of the book with passages like, We imagine that the life of a royal mistress must have been glamorous, full of Maybe it s just that I ve read enough history to know better, but I didn t really imagine any such thing, and anyway, I m reading the book so that the author can tell me about the reality, not lecture me on my own supposed inaccurate imaginings Her second quirk, which is both a plus and a minus, really, is that the author really doesn t make any kind of pretense of academic objectivity She clearly thinks of some royal mistresses as raging bitches, and some as heroines, and she isn t at all shy about letting the reader know it The problem is that since the book doesn t give us really full biographies of any of these women, there s always a suspicion that we re not getting the full picture Again, maybe it s just that as a reader, I don t want to be told what to think I want to make up my own mind from the evidence But despite these flaws, it really has to be admitted that the book is a hoot.


  4. says:

    I could not finish this book I read up to page 120 and then skipped to the last chapter p 237 255 The organization of the book did not work for me my main issue were the author s point of view, founding assumptions, and values , which I found distasteful.I thought the organization of this book was detrimental to its content Each chapter was on a theme, one aspect of the king mistress relationship there were also subchapters for a granular look at the theme Because of this, Herman revisits the some of the same kings and mistresses for each theme Louis XIV and Madames de Pompadour and du Barry, Charles II and Barbara Lady Castlemaine, and Ludwig of Bavaria and Lola Montez all come up repeatedly but a complete view never coheres For me, the way the book was organized made it hard to keep reading and to glean information Saying that Herman writes history from a woman s perspective , as her author bio at the front of the book does, is technically true as Herman is a woman and does write history She is not, as a woman s perspective implies, sympathetic to the women or the men she writes about The people in Sex and Kings are one dimensional I think this is because of Herman s moralistic approach and mindset, which is really what made me give up The overall impression I got is that Herman thinks all of the mistresses were greedy sluts She doesn t consider the position of women in 17th and 18th century societies, or other things that would have pushed them into these choices.In the final chapter, Herman gets nasty In discussing contemporary royalty, she describes the fiancee of Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon as tainted because she was a waitress and strawberry picker who hadn t finished her education and had an illegitimate son TAINTED That is a dementedly retrograde idea of morality But then this is the what Herman wrote about the King of Serbia who married his mistress after the queen died, and was later killed by revolutionaries in the royal palace We find an almost biblical morality lesson in cases where the monarch made an unseemly marriage Divine wrath was swift and sure It was as if the Almighty did not approve of the king transforming fornication into the sanctified sex of marriage For a worse sin than fornication was ignorance of one s proper place in the scheme of things When a mere pawn became queen in the chessboard of life, the game was forfeit p.241 I just feel dirty reading this nonsense, and I find myself actually disliking the author.In writing this review, it occurred to me that this book is like a tabloid paper because they use provocative subject matter, cover image and, title while at the same time adhere to the same old busted morality.


  5. says:

    New ReviewEducational gossip Old ReviewIt is impossible not to like a book that has the line many men were willing to lay down thier wives for their king.Totally impossible.At times funny, at times surprisingly sad, this is a good book Herman writes about the mistresses withuot making them saints She is sympathic to husband, wife, and the other woman and the other woman s husband While the book focuses mostly on the French, there are some really funny and strange stories Like the one about the bathroom Or the one about the Nell who is my favorite mistress I really feel sorry for Marie de Medici whose husband left her in a flooded coach, but saved his bastard son.I have to admit, though, I kinda like Camilla.I do have a question for Gabrielle d Estrees, why would you have a portiat of yourself done, showing you naked from the waist up and pinching your sister s nipple Inquiring minds want to know.


  6. says:

    I picked up this book a few years ago because of an article in the magazine Mental Floss , and enjoyed it as a light and somewhat fluff read I just reread it and remember that there are some large problems with it The organization is really awful, the chapters pretend to be about large categories but are conversational and don t seem to be held together much The author skips from anecdotes about one mistress to anecdotes about a mistress from hundreds of years previously, in fact, all of the information about one woman can only be found by reading the wholebook I personally would have prefered to read the whole section about each king at once, and it would have curbed the author s tendancy to call a mistress meek one sentance and describe her temper tantrums in another.The author also has a hard time seperating opinion from facts, of course a difficult problem when dealing with uncertain historical information, yet she deems Madame Pompadour as frigid, Wallis Simpson as a harpy, etc as if it were definite fact Lack of sex as one gets older and sicker does not necessarily make one frigid The author paints only one side of many women, not the woman s point of view or feminist retelling the book flap promised.Still, I enjoyed it because it is the interesting, fun history I learned quite a bit about history, I just wish it had been presented in such a fashion that I could remember who was who, and that the author left out her bias so I could trust it .


  7. says:

    3 stars It was good.Mistress Virginie di Castiglione once stated The I see of men, the I love dogs Reading about the history of men making befuddled fools of themselves in the name of lust makes it incredibly easy to agree with that statement This made for an entertaining, though also disheartening read about vacuous men and jealous wives throwing tantrums over their unworthy partners It s amazing how 1000 years later, the things change the they stay the same Favorite Quote One grows accustomed to beauty, but not to stupid ity First Sentence If prostitution is the world s oldest profession, then the finer art of being a mistress must be the second oldest.


  8. says:

    OK, so I have to start by addressing a common complaint that I ve heard about this book, which is that it only deals with, like, half a dozen mistresses, which, if that were true, hardly supports the theory that almost all European monarchs had mistresses This is simply not true Out of sheer perversity, I kept count, and there were than seventy mistresses specifically named in this book Most of them were either in England or France, but there were also some from Russia, Saxony, Austria, Tuscany, Belgium, Serbia, Portugal, Sweden, the Austro Hungarian Empire, Denmark, Spain, Bavaria, Prussia, whatever the heck Napoleon s empire was actually called, and even the Bible And of those seventy or so, I d say that at least twenty were discussed in a significant way, about thirty mentioned a few times, and maybe twenty mentioned merely in passing.That said, Herman did go back to a few of them quite a lot Mostly, I didn t really mind that, as they were generally the really famous ones, about which there simply is information than about some of the others You work with what you have My only real complaint with this is that sometimes, certain parts of the same story were repeated too many times Herman divided the book into segments of a mistress s life, if you will, so obviously, some of them will come up in numerous chapters But since it seems likely to me that most readers will have read chapters 1 4 before reading chapter 5, for example, I don t think it s necessary to repeat a part of a particular mistress s story that you ve already told at least once in those first four chapters.The book also does feel like it lacks a certain structure Not entirely, since, as I said, it is organized into distinct and sensible sections I guess I just feel that it lacks a point At no point did I feel like I really understood why Herman wrote this book, what precisely she wanted to say with it It was just a collection of stories and factoids Which were interesting although I can t think of anything I would classify as outrageously funny , but still kind of directionless.And she wasn t always consistent As an example, she goes out of her way to point out that mistresses were not always the most beautiful ladies at court, and then proceeds to introduce us to a lengthy stream of stunningly beautiful women who became royal mistresses Sure.And the other things that weirded me out a little was the credence she seemed to put into the supernatural She suggests that mistresses who married their kings and died shortly thereafter from one means or another were subject to divine retribution, she implies that the disgusting love potions that one mistress used on her king might have actually influenced him, and possibly my favourite, in reference to one mistress being painted as a madonna, the following emphasis mine It is probably no coincidence that shortly after the painting was completed, the powers of heaven sent the Grim Reaper to harvest Agnes 3 Seriously I don t know, I guess I just prefer my historians to stick to actual, verifiable facts.I found it interesting to read about Charles and Camilla, too, since that s actually current, and I found myself wondering if subsequent editions of this book might get edited to include the happy ending those two finally managed to get At the time of this book, things were going in that direction, with the boys having accepted Camilla, and even the rest of the family and country starting to come around, but they weren t yet at the marriage stage I hadn t realized, either, that the disaster that was the Charles Diana marriage was actually a pretty historically important event, as very few if any royals since that time have gone the marry a noble virgin regardless of personal feelings route One modern prince apparently went and married a common woman who not only had an out of wedlock child, but the child s father was in jail That simply wouldn t happen even fifty years ago.Ultimately, the book was entertaining, but, for a non fiction book, surprisingly light on intellectualism.


  9. says:

    Okay, well this is a saucy book It certainly details most aspects of the mistress queen king dynamic And being a royal mistress was good while it was good, but it was hardly a life to envy.Yes, it was considered an honor to be chosen It came with riches, power and a shot at occasionally being queen It also came with venereal disease, bastard children, crushing poverty and a pit of vipers known as the royal court.Mistresses were not always beautiful, or thing However, they generally offered something that queens could not a place for the monarch to escape to, to relieve the pressures of his life It was not a place where he went to be complained to, or petitioned No, his mistresses house was a place where he could be soothed, entertained, release his frustrations through games, diversions, food and sex.The best mistresses were masters of this Whether noble or common born, they would learn quickly how to set the best table, to be witty and pleasing than other women They would learn how to respond and, in many cases, anticipate a monarchs needs and desires The women who could often remained in royal favor long past their looks fading and their waistlines expanding.My only quibble with this book twofold It does have a bit of the romance novelist about it The author is clearly of high romantic sensibilities It kind of affected the writing style in a mildly negative way The material is pretty sensational, so I didn t see it as needing much sensationalizing The other was that the same mistresses were profiled over and over in each section of the book While some of them were highly proficient in many arenas, it gave the sense of the author running out of material and or examples And it left the reader wanting a little .All in all, though, a very enjoyable read for those who like royalty, nobility, intrigues, liaisons, history, scandal and sex.


  10. says:

    The author of this book is much less like a historian than she is like a gossipy old grandma from a bygone stuck in its ways and ideas generation, telling you tales by the fireside She s judgmental, melodramatic, partial she s got a huge crush on the French and very silly but also delightfully vicious, gleefully arch, and has some of the best stories ever Approach the book with that image in mind, and you ll have a blast.Full of as much sex, intrigue, backstabbing, catcalling, fabulous one liners, disaster and tragedy as one could possibly wish for, this is a breeze of a book that I blew through in two days It s the sort of addictive trash that you just can t stop reading It is organized by theme, around a sort of timeline of life attracting the king, keeping the king, profiting from the king, royal bastards, what happened to them after the king died, etc It really focuses on about 10 women or so with random appearances and vignettes by several others from the 16th through the 20th century Some of the stories and anecdotes are very familiar anyone with a passing interest in European royalty has heard some of these were entirely new to me I definitely laughed out loud on many occasions It s hard not to give most of these women credit, as awful as some of them were, for their sheer, unmitigated balls in facing down the world and getting through it however they could Nell Gwyn and Gabrielle d Estrees emerged as my clear favorites, can t wait to find biographies of those two ladies.Fun, light entertainment for a weekend afternoon.