Royal Pains: A Rogues' Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad



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  1. Lucy Lucy says:

    Let me ask you somethinghow important is it for you to learn about historical figures when reading history Are you one of those people who strictly wants timelines with just a mere mention of names OR do you mostly crave facts and details on people of the past If you tend to lean on the latter, Leslie Carroll s books are perfect for you After finishing Royal Pains, I felt completely satiated a definite history fill that I am still raving about Royal Pains is history bliss for anyone wan Let me ask you somethinghow important is it for you to learn about historical figures when reading history Are you one of those people who strictly wants timelines with just a mere mention of names OR do you mostly crave facts and details on people of the past If you tend to lean on the latter, Leslie Carroll s books are perfect for you After finishing Royal Pains, I felt completely satiated a definite history fill that I am still raving about Royal Pains is history bliss for anyone wanting to know up to the very last detail on notorious historical figures EXCEPT that this time Carrol focuses on the brutes of history Yep, Royal Pains is filled with royals that were decadent, unbelievably brutal, carnal and destructive in every way Some parts were incredibly gruesome to read but nonetheless this is the history It s still unbelievable to me that some of those brutal acts were either condoned or extremely difficult to prosecute Although I was shocked to learn about some of these historical monsters, I have to admit that some of their behaviours were so astonishing that I had to keep on reading with the hope that they would have somehow redeemed themselves But no Brutes till the very end The absolute worst for me was Erzsebet The blood countess This woman from a young girl was Evil incarnated I can t possibly think of anyone in any time in history that compares to her an absolute monster Catching up to her is the runner up Mr Cruel himself, Ivan The Terrible he actually ties with Vlad the ImpalerAre you getting the picture here Royal Pains had me in a trance I ve never read so much detailed history written this way I was captured from the beginning And, for a bit of respite from the barbarians found in Royal Pains, the cr me de la cr me of narcissists are presented Two of my favourites being Lettice Knollys and Pauline Bonaparteoh the joy If these two didn t make the cut for brutality, they certainly aced the part of blatantly immoral Just when you think you ve read all that there is to read on these ladiessurprise, surprise there sAnd then the list of brutes and pains goes on The good old days does not apply.Royal Pains is a fascinating read a one of a kind history book that will feed you details by the ton I love reading about historical figures but I can never get enough info on these It s not the case with Leslie Carroll s books This author knows her history and brings the characters to life as she tells their story I ve found her style to be just as captivating and true to the figures in all her nonfiction works Royal affairs, Notorious Royal Marriages and now, Royal Pains History s people are Leslie Carroll s expertise She s definitely my favourite historian author Get the book you ll be SHOCKED.Excellent


  2. Jean Jean says:

    I m all for breezy non fiction works I applaud popularizing historical works But I m afraid I can t really countenance phrases like BFF in a work of non fiction, particularly in a section about Ivan the Terrible This book goes too far in the breezy, popularizing direction and isn t helped by insufficient documentation You don t want to clutter up a work of popular history with a ton of footnotes, I understand that But if you re going to say things like Her aunt Klara was a bisexual sadom I m all for breezy non fiction works I applaud popularizing historical works But I m afraid I can t really countenance phrases like BFF in a work of non fiction, particularly in a section about Ivan the Terrible This book goes too far in the breezy, popularizing direction and isn t helped by insufficient documentation You don t want to clutter up a work of popular history with a ton of footnotes, I understand that But if you re going to say things like Her aunt Klara was a bisexual sadomasochist with a specific talent for flagellation , I, for one, would like some indication of where you got that singular piece of information The bibliography is scanty 32 books to cover 11 people There s an additional section for articles , but since every article listed came from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, it would have beenhonest just to list that source once in the book section It s too bad, because there s some interesting information here though the relative lack of documentation makes me doubt the accuracy of some of it and some interesting, lesser known at least to me subjects On the whole, disappointing


  3. V V says:

    Although I m sure it is completely intentional, the conversational tone of this book and especially the use of modern terminology and colloquialisms are a real turn off for me I m not saying that histories need to be written in stilted language, but this degree of informality undermines a work of nonfiction Why should I believe that the author is doing a fair job in her analysis and summary of historical works if her writing sounds like a teenager s history term paper The storytelling also Although I m sure it is completely intentional, the conversational tone of this book and especially the use of modern terminology and colloquialisms are a real turn off for me I m not saying that histories need to be written in stilted language, but this degree of informality undermines a work of nonfiction Why should I believe that the author is doing a fair job in her analysis and summary of historical works if her writing sounds like a teenager s history term paper The storytelling also seems somewhat disjointed within each chapter.Apart from these stylistic elements that I am sure would appeal to some people the book is moderately informative and is a pretty quick read It should have probably had a narrower focus, though The gruesome exploits of the likes of Vlad the Impaler do not belong in the same book as tales of bitchiness and promiscuity in the 20th century, regardless of the fact that they both qualify as notorious bad behavior among royal people


  4. Leslie Leslie says:

    I stumbled onto this book somehow and after reading the Kindle sample I had to have it Some other reviews have criticized the chatty and modern language in the book but I found it enjoyable this isn t a history tome it is a chatty, gossipy books about Royals misbehaving So pour yourself a cup of tea, or other beverage and settle in for a bit of Royal gossip with your new BFF.The story that sucked me in was the Story of King John, brother of King Richard, son of Eleanor of Aquitaine Damn he I stumbled onto this book somehow and after reading the Kindle sample I had to have it Some other reviews have criticized the chatty and modern language in the book but I found it enjoyable this isn t a history tome it is a chatty, gossipy books about Royals misbehaving So pour yourself a cup of tea, or other beverage and settle in for a bit of Royal gossip with your new BFF.The story that sucked me in was the Story of King John, brother of King Richard, son of Eleanor of Aquitaine Damn he was evil I didn t love every individual story but they are all interesting.Standard NF disclaimer I didn t read the book in one sitting but instead would dip in and out around my other reading


  5. Lea Lea says:

    The scope of the book is pretty wide you ve got people like Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth B thory in the same volume as Pauline Bonaparte and Princess Margaret Perhaps if the author hadn t put them in chronological order which leads to some chapters being positively underwhelming after a particularly shitty royal was just discussed , and instead organized the biographies in a crescendo of awfulness , it would have been better Still, a fun read for people who like gossip and royal scandal The scope of the book is pretty wide you ve got people like Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth B thory in the same volume as Pauline Bonaparte and Princess Margaret Perhaps if the author hadn t put them in chronological order which leads to some chapters being positively underwhelming after a particularly shitty royal was just discussed , and instead organized the biographies in a crescendo of awfulness , it would have been better Still, a fun read for people who like gossip and royal scandals


  6. Christine Christine says:

    Considering the generality of much of the information and the fact Carroll attributes sources in text, I didn t really have a problem with a lack of foot or endnotes I know this history lite, a step remove from general reference, yet it very much felt like a cliff note version or a summary of other works For instance, the chapter on Pauline Bonaparte is heavily drawn from Flora Fraser s book There isn t anything wrong with it, after all Carroll attributes it, but it still feels like reading t Considering the generality of much of the information and the fact Carroll attributes sources in text, I didn t really have a problem with a lack of foot or endnotes I know this history lite, a step remove from general reference, yet it very much felt like a cliff note version or a summary of other works For instance, the chapter on Pauline Bonaparte is heavily drawn from Flora Fraser s book There isn t anything wrong with it, after all Carroll attributes it, but it still feels like reading the Cliff notes It s good for Fraser too because I now want to read her book It just feels, somewhat, as an easy way out if not for the writer, than for the reader I also am somewhat disappointed in the fact that several sources in the selected, and short, bibliography are general references sources That really isn t too much research.But then this is history lite and I actually enjoy Carroll s tone and chatty voice So if you are trying to get someone interested in history this might work


  7. Redsteve Redsteve says:

    Weak This is one of those sensationalistic popular history books with a collection of fairly brief biographies of royal not always reigning figures with varying degrees of disreputable habits The author s use of modern slang isoff putting than humorous, and, in some cases I feel like her grasp of historical context is either weak, or she s deliberately dumbing things down to an unnecessary degree Covering a span of around 900 years, Royal Pains only covers a dozen historical personage Weak This is one of those sensationalistic popular history books with a collection of fairly brief biographies of royal not always reigning figures with varying degrees of disreputable habits The author s use of modern slang isoff putting than humorous, and, in some cases I feel like her grasp of historical context is either weak, or she s deliberately dumbing things down to an unnecessary degree Covering a span of around 900 years, Royal Pains only covers a dozen historical personages, and with that there is an extremely wide range of awfulness from mass murderers like Vlad Tepes and Erzsebet Bathory, to usurpers and would be usurpers, like Richard III and John I, to ones who are merely tragic, indiscrete, or kind of jerks I get the feeling that the author just picked a dozen historical characters who seemed interesting to her If you want a book of this type that is done well, I would suggest Johnson and Turner s The Bedside Book of Bastards 2 stars


  8. Deborah Pickstone Deborah Pickstone says:

    I should have known better, really it is what it says on the tin But nothingThis book was written to sell, not for love of writing a gimmick It s quite well written that is, readable, even enjoyably so but it regurgitates every single bit of historical gossip on each of the nominated subjects and presents them as fact this happened and that happened, not this was said to have happened etc The only one who gets a break is poor Prince Eddie Prince Albert Victor , who is included I should have known better, really it is what it says on the tin But nothingThis book was written to sell, not for love of writing a gimmick It s quite well written that is, readable, even enjoyably so but it regurgitates every single bit of historical gossip on each of the nominated subjects and presents them as fact this happened and that happened, not this was said to have happened etc The only one who gets a break is poor Prince Eddie Prince Albert Victor , who is included only because of rumours that he may have been Jack the Ripper and possibly homosexual The other annoying aspect is that these royal bad seeds are not all royal and are plucked from all over the place Vlad the Impaler Clearly the book has been padded out with people from outside Britain with Prince Eddie, Princess Margaret and Ivan the Terrible all of similar ilk, apparently Tsk.I didn t read consecutively, I began with poor Prince Eddie wondering what he did that was so bad and found all the gossip but the author insisted he was a good guy, really So, lulled into a false sense of security, I went to the beginning and found King John getting a right royal thrashing along with everyone else in that story I am pretty conversant with that era, so it was obvious to me that there was no research at all involved, just repeated rumours.Published in 2011 the author can be forgiven for getting the physical details of Richard III wrong but not for ignoring historical fact because it got in the way of her narrative there is no mention of Titulus Regius, which act ratifies the declaration of the lords and the members of the House of Commons that Edward IV s children were illegitimate That is, he didn t seize the crown, it was consultative Clarence, on the other hand who would bother to defend him He surely was a bad seed But where is Edward IV in all this He DID seize the crown Pauline Bonaparte was not really a Royal her crime was promiscuity, her inclusion due to rumours of incest with her brother, Napoleon Nor was Erzs bet B thory, who belonged to a Principality but I guess she was too good to leave out The Blood Countess was probably insane Also, the author needed to include some womenobviously Princess Margaret does not sound to have been a very likable character but she hardly preyed on young women, gouged them with pincers and froze them to death Mass murder, spoilt arrogance and promiscuity do not form equal partners The author seems to have little grasp of what she means by a Royal Pain.As I said a gimmick


  9. Heather C Heather C says:

    Leslie Carroll certainly knows how to pick them The baddies in this book were certainly scandalous, grotesque, or sometimes quite crazy There were several figures who were very familiar to me and there were a couple that I had never heard of before.Even during the chapters about those who were familiar to me, I still found something new and interesting They also spanned many different countries and several were from countries from the former Soviet Union which were very obscure to me.This Leslie Carroll certainly knows how to pick them The baddies in this book were certainly scandalous, grotesque, or sometimes quite crazy There were several figures who were very familiar to me and there were a couple that I had never heard of before.Even during the chapters about those who were familiar to me, I still found something new and interesting They also spanned many different countries and several were from countries from the former Soviet Union which were very obscure to me.This is a very readable non fiction book it essentially reads like a novel Leslie infuses her writing with wit and commentary that makes the pages just fly by and makes you sometimes outright laugh I totally enjoyed reading this book One thing that can be seen as a positive or as slightly negative depending on your viewpoint is the frequent usage of what I will call thesaurus words Sometimes I was so overwhelmed by words that I really didn t know and I like to think I have a decent vocabulary So either prepare yourself with a dictionary on hand or be prepared to just skip over them or maybe you have a better grip on these words than I do.One improvement of this book over her previous release, Notorious Royal Marriages, was that there were fewer figures chapters this lead to longer chapters andlittle details about each individual being examined It gives the readerof a chance to get to know the royal before moving on to the next One small complaint I do have was sometimes it felt like we strayed away from the subject of the chapter to other characters for a little too long It was important to give historical setting and to create a well rounded feel of the scene It was also necessary to get to know some of the other important players as well, but sometimes I would find myself asking where is this going One such example is in the Lettice Knollys chapter we spent a lot of time learning about Robert Dudley and his various flings and wives and although Lettice would eventually fall into one of those categories I felt like it wasthan we needed about Dudley when I would wantabout Knollys It was still great to get the information and I learned a lot none the less.Out of all of the baddies in this book, my favorites to read about were Archduke Rudolf, Prince Albert Victor and Princess Margaret Looking at this list, these all are from therecent of the royals in this book and my choices could have likely been influenced by not being familiar with thesecontemporary royals A wonderful read This book was received for review from the publisher I was not compensated for my opinions and the above is my honest review


  10. Carole Rae Carole Rae says:

    This book follows the lives of many historical royal pains Every single one of them was horrid and lived extremely crazy lives From Vlad the Impaler to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon This novel gives great detail about these people not only what they did, but their childhoods and possible reasons why they did what they did Many had very abnormal and bad childhoods Some were just psychotic and had something wrong with their mind Since I m taking General Psychology right now, I foun This book follows the lives of many historical royal pains Every single one of them was horrid and lived extremely crazy lives From Vlad the Impaler to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon This novel gives great detail about these people not only what they did, but their childhoods and possible reasons why they did what they did Many had very abnormal and bad childhoods Some were just psychotic and had something wrong with their mind Since I m taking General Psychology right now, I found this book very helpful and a way to place my knowledge of the mind I made a game of trying to diagnosis those rotten apples.I loved how Leslie Carroll told each tale Yes, she seemed to drift a little bit and talk a little too much about other people However, I think it was necessary to understand what that royal pain had to deal with I especially loved Leslie Carroll s writing style She had lots of puns and plenty of wit in every paragraph This book is a wonderful book about some of the most shady characters of the past I enjoyed each tale she brought to the table.Being an honest person, I must tell what I disliked about the novel I believe she should ve hadorder about how she placed each story If I had written this fantastic book, I would ve done a count down Perhaps save the biggest royal pain for last Or in chronological order Something like that Also, I hated how she tended to focus too much on someone other than what the chapter was about For example, she would spend too much time writing about Vlad s father I tended to drift off and not focus on the beginning.Besides for those two things, I really adored this book It s hard to write how much I liked it Yes, it may have been formated as a history book, but it felt like little mini stories It s hard to example If you haven t read this book yet, you should You ll learn so much about the rotten apples in the past It really makes you appreciate living in a civilized world where people don t generally do things like that All in all this book has recieved 5 out of 5 stars I plan to readof Leslie Carroll s books in the future


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