Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from


Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History—without the Fairy-Tale Endings [PDF / Epub] ☄ Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History—without the Fairy-Tale Endings ✓ Linda Rodríguez McRobbie – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk You think you know her story You ve read the Brothers Grimm, you ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after But real princesses didn t always get You think Badly: Real PDF Æ you know her story You ve read the Brothers Grimm, you ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after But real princesses didn t always get happy endings Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy Empress Elisabeth of Princesses Behaving ePUB í the Austro Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back Princesses Behaving Badly offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens in a fascinating read that s perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.


10 thoughts on “Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History—without the Fairy-Tale Endings

  1. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    Nevertheless, here are the stories of real princesses and real womenWe all know the stories of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow Whitebut their fluffy stories aren t nearly close to the truth.What about the Warrior princesses The Usurpers The Schemers and the Survivors What abouttheir stories Glad you asked If you have ever been curious about what princesses do when they aren t batting their eyelashes or fluttering their hands, you have come to the right place.Learn about Nevertheless, here are the stories of real princesses and real womenWe all know the stories of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Snow Whitebut their fluffy stories aren t nearly close to the truth.What about the Warrior princesses The Usurpers The Schemers and the Survivors What abouttheir stories Glad you asked If you have ever been curious about what princesses do when they aren t batting their eyelashes or fluttering their hands, you have come to the right place.Learn about real life pirate princesses, mafia princesses, prisoners, punks and rebels of all types They may begin once upon a time, but they don t always end happily ever after. This was a rather fun book I really enjoyed about all of the wild and wondrous princesses out there in the world and not one of them pulled a sleeping beauty each princess wanted something out of life and did her best to get it.It was so much fun to learn about the warriors queens and the strong women of the past some of which were princessing in the 2000s.The only issue I had was that this book covered a lot and I mean a lot of princesses Towards the end, there was just too many characters and too many scenes and timelines I started to get lost and some of them were blurring into each others Overall this was an extremely enjoyable book just a bit muddly at the end.YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading


  2. Sasha Strader Sasha Strader says:

    An interesting premise, but not really all that well executed First, and most tellingly, a few of the real stories are based on mythology or folklore with absolutely no proof of their existence and say as much Why create a book of real stories and go down that path It especially irked me in the case of The Princess who was a Pirate since it was just mentioned casually towards the end of the story that her existence was only in the tall tales of the area.Secondly, the gossip rag style of w An interesting premise, but not really all that well executed First, and most tellingly, a few of the real stories are based on mythology or folklore with absolutely no proof of their existence and say as much Why create a book of real stories and go down that path It especially irked me in the case of The Princess who was a Pirate since it was just mentioned casually towards the end of the story that her existence was only in the tall tales of the area.Secondly, the gossip rag style of writing left me with a sour taste in my mouth most of These women were real and were fighting real battles with enemies, themselves, or society I could wish the author had been a littleunderstanding and explanatory of the circumstances surrounding their actions The only slight exception to this seemed to be Juana de Castille aka, Juana the Mad who the author explained may have been portrayed as mad by her husband and father to rend her politically powerless.Finally, and mostly irrelevantly, I received an ARC copy and WOW I hope the proofreaders and editors get hold of this and shake it down before it goes public I ve never had such a hard time reading through a book before, but this one had so many grammar, spelling, and continuity errors I felt like I was grading a remedial paper


  3. Jane Jane says:

    Where I got the book ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A book club read.First of all, this is not a serious history book I gather some readers have had problems with the lack of academic gravitas so if you re looking for stories of princesses with copious endnotes, stop right now and proceed to a university library My copy is an advance reading copy so I can t tell you about the selected bibliography or the index, but from reading the book I imagine they re not that extensive.So Where I got the book ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A book club read.First of all, this is not a serious history book I gather some readers have had problems with the lack of academic gravitas so if you re looking for stories of princesses with copious endnotes, stop right now and proceed to a university library My copy is an advance reading copy so I can t tell you about the selected bibliography or the index, but from reading the book I imagine they re not that extensive.So what we have here is a light, fluffy, amuse gueule of a read, covering examples of royal hellcats from ancient history to the present, but weirdly leaving out Princess Diana yet including Princess Margaret, so it can t be because the author s afraid of being sued by the Royal Family It s clearly meant as the kind of book you dip into, leave in your bathroom don t tell me you don t or keep on your nightstand to cleanse your mind after a day at the office It s the kind of book you give as a gift to your cousin who likes reading historical stuff but you ve really no idea what her specific area of interest is And does it do a good job within the confines of its own limitations I think so McRobbie divides the text into sections Warriors, Usurpers, Schemers, etc., rounding up a handful of examples for each part and recounting their stories in a breezy, sometimes snarky, style think the feature pages of the Sunday newspaper and you ve pretty much got the tone right.I m not a big fan of compendium works like this on the whole, but theI read, theI enjoyed it I particularly relish the mad and bad 18th and 19th century princesses nothing like inbreeding, a miserable childhood and the over the top excesses of an 18th century court to bring out the worst in a woman.McRobbie stretches the definition of princess a bit, so serious students of history might disagree with some of her choices But in case you weren t paying attention to the first paragraph, SERIOUS STUDENTS OF HISTORY SHOULD NOT READ THIS YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED I can tell you who SHOULD read this novelists looking for a good story I m keeping this one on my shelf for story ideas because truth or the gossips version of truth really is stranger than fiction


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    I received this book for free from the publisher Quirk Books I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5 This was such a fascinating read It contains mini biographies of different real life royals princesses, empresses, sultanas etc from around the globe, and throughout history Some of the princesses are well heard of, but most are relatively unknown I really liked how the book showed how complex and flawed these women were They re not necessarily depicted as being good or bad I received this book for free from the publisher Quirk Books I give this book 4.5 stars which rounds up to 5 This was such a fascinating read It contains mini biographies of different real life royals princesses, empresses, sultanas etc from around the globe, and throughout history Some of the princesses are well heard of, but most are relatively unknown I really liked how the book showed how complex and flawed these women were They re not necessarily depicted as being good or bad , just human The context of their worlds were also given, which helped you understand their actions better It also showed how being a princess was not as glamorous as one may think Another thing I liked was how the book tried to separate fact from fiction Historiography is complicated, especially when it comes to telling women s stories Women are vilified so mucheasily and quickly than men I appreciated how the author explained what was probably true and what was a myth However, the one thing that I didn t agree with was the author s view on Disney princesses it was a negative one It was only briefly mentioned in the introduction so it wasn t a huge deal to me.The biographies themselves were all very entertaining The most interesting aspects of their lives were highlighted Overall, this is a fun read for princess lovers


  5. Rebecca Huston Rebecca Huston says:

    Sadly, I picked this one up to see if I could fight off a case of insomnia That didn t happen This rather short, nonfiction book is a slight, very fluffy accounting of princesses who didn t have a chance of happiness Each one gets a page or two, a woodcut looking illustration if they were lucky, and the author dishing up plenty of snark and snide as a bonus Many of these ladies I had heard of, a few I knew fairly well, and quite a few were those on the fringes The ones who claimed to be pri Sadly, I picked this one up to see if I could fight off a case of insomnia That didn t happen This rather short, nonfiction book is a slight, very fluffy accounting of princesses who didn t have a chance of happiness Each one gets a page or two, a woodcut looking illustration if they were lucky, and the author dishing up plenty of snark and snide as a bonus Many of these ladies I had heard of, a few I knew fairly well, and quite a few were those on the fringes The ones who claimed to be princesses and weren t, or various imposters most famously, Anna Anderson aka Anastasia give the most interesting stories A few of the stories are just barely in the running as princess fodder I was very surprised that there were quite a few omissions, most notably, the late Diana, Princess of Wales Now for the bad news the research here is slight at best The author only gives one or two sources for each lady in this tale, and most of them rate as popular histories at best Which is a shame This could have been done so much better and muchinterestingly if the author had only bothered to take the time and effort But I guess she was trying to cash in on the Princess craze Just two stars and a not recommended For the longer review, please go here


  6. Kat Kat says:

    My review is based on two things 1 Based on listening to the audio version2 The introduction by the author asserted that she wanted to debunk the Disney princess idealism by sharing real stories of real princesses The structure of the book was disjointed and contradictory The author grouped these princesses the term is used loosely as she also featured queens, empresses, and American rich girls into various categories warriors, floozies, partiers, etc Some of the women fell My review is based on two things 1 Based on listening to the audio version2 The introduction by the author asserted that she wanted to debunk the Disney princess idealism by sharing real stories of real princesses The structure of the book was disjointed and contradictory The author grouped these princesses the term is used loosely as she also featured queens, empresses, and American rich girls into various categories warriors, floozies, partiers, etc Some of the women fell into multiple categories some fell into none I think it would have been better to group them into princess fairy tale stereotypes such as Women Who Escaped Prince Charming, or Women Who Didn t Need Saving, or even Women Who Bought Their Own Glass Slipper The sub headers and the myths inserted before the actual stories was also confusing Sometimes I would become enraptured by a story only to have the author jump in and say, Now here s what really happened It felt lazy to just read the text verbatim If a section of a book is defined by a font type it should be adjusted for an audio book audience Moving away from the structure, I thought it was hypocritical of the author to initially criticize Disney, news outlets, etc for creating narcissistic children who idolize unrealistic princesses In every description of the real women, McRobbie made a comment on their physical appearance If the focus was truly on the women s deedswhy do we need to know what she looked like Further, if the driving force of this book is true stories how do you really know what some of these Viking and ancient Chinese princesses looked like Ultimately, I think McRobbie set an expectation that she couldn t fulfill While the premise of the book was good, it s a lofty goal to change public perception of princessparticularly when you re trying to counter opinions with a poorly executed book


  7. Jessica Jessica says:

    My favorite kind of history book the interesting bits, presented in handy bite sized portions This book is full of short most around 4 pages biographies of notable princesses from the 4th century to the 21st Some of them were horrible, some insane And some were warriors, some were saints in life and have become literal saints in death Some were total fakers, too, like Princess Caraboo Side note I love the movie with Phoebe Cates, and just found out a year ago that it was based on a tru My favorite kind of history book the interesting bits, presented in handy bite sized portions This book is full of short most around 4 pages biographies of notable princesses from the 4th century to the 21st Some of them were horrible, some insane And some were warriors, some were saints in life and have become literal saints in death Some were total fakers, too, like Princess Caraboo Side note I love the movie with Phoebe Cates, and just found out a year ago that it was based on a true story The real story is far less magical but EVEN MORE fascinating It reminds me of the Uppity Women books, but this book was clearly better researched, and has a great bibliography at the back Two thumbs way up


  8. Alice Alice says:

    I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway While Goodreads does ask for a review in exchange for the advance reader copy, I was in no way compensated for my review.This is a collection of stories about real life princesses throughout history who made their marks, in one way or another Several make power grabs, while others are known for being the true power behind the throne, or for their madness There are some warriors, all from non European backgrounds Many of the s I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway While Goodreads does ask for a review in exchange for the advance reader copy, I was in no way compensated for my review.This is a collection of stories about real life princesses throughout history who made their marks, in one way or another Several make power grabs, while others are known for being the true power behind the throne, or for their madness There are some warriors, all from non European backgrounds Many of the stories are about princesses in the last century or so, known for a certain wildness.The book s strength is that it covers a lot of different cultures There are princesses from every continent but Australia and South America It could ve stuck to just European royalty, but the variety fills in a lot of gaps of my own knowledge of history Two North American princesses are discussed, in very different terms due to their very different approaches to the white conquerors.While this does go a long way toward showing us where the women were in history, it s not without its faults The book uses gypsy to describe people of Romani heritage, and doesn t question the stereotyped views thereof It also takes a modern approach to beauty, scoffing at descriptions of plump princesses as attractive and describing all of the European princesses in terms of their looks The Asian, African, and Native American, apparently, weren t worth considering Last, it often presents the mythologized stories of these royals for several paragraphs before cutting in to say that s not true, that this is how it really happened.This book was a decent way to make history interesting and relevant to me It adds on to my high school courses about dead white guys But, as a primary resource, it s lacking I think it s a good jumping off point for discovering about different people and cultures, but it s not detailed enough It is a fun read, though the last third felt rather repetitive.I would recommend this book to middle school and high school students who are bored to tears of their history courses, and want to hear about something other than dates and battles and borders Budding feminists may also be pleased with the new ammunition about how women have been erased from history


  9. Lea Lea says:

    This book has an interesting title and an interesting premise Unfortunately, the writing is atrocious.I m confused as to the actual target audience the author was trying to reach here In the introduction, she talks about how Disney is evil and poisoning the minds of our youth by making girls want to be like the Disney princesses don t even get me started on this bullshit she must have missed how Disney princesses are brave, kind, generous, hard working, etc Her purpose seems to be, then, This book has an interesting title and an interesting premise Unfortunately, the writing is atrocious.I m confused as to the actual target audience the author was trying to reach here In the introduction, she talks about how Disney is evil and poisoning the minds of our youth by making girls want to be like the Disney princesses don t even get me started on this bullshit she must have missed how Disney princesses are brave, kind, generous, hard working, etc Her purpose seems to be, then, to write the ultimate childhood ruiner bedtime story book See, Becky, THIS is what REAL princesses were like No happy endings HERE Just like LIFE.Her TONE, condescending af, trying to incorporate outdated slang, and weirdly reminiscent of TMZ, is the embodiment of this gif But no parent in their right mind would give this book to a child it s full of incest, murder, torture and other adult themes So you end up with a book written as IF to a child except even children would roll their eyes at her try hard writing but which can only be read by adults.And another thing the tagline from this book is REAL stories from HISTORY Its whole thing is to talk about the lives of real princesses And yet The proportion of REAL princesses from HISTORY here is incredibly small The author includes stories that only exist in mythology and folklore, women who were never princesses and many who weren t even nobility Gotta fill these pages somehow, amirite I want to read this book again, when it s written by a better author and has a better selection


  10. Marina Marina says:

    Among the numerous collections of this kind sprouting up lately, this one caught my eye first because it was about princesses, and second because it promised the truth behind these women s stories It did turn out to be a collection of numerous stories about the real princesses and their, sometimes, gruesome and difficult lives, but the line between fact and fiction is very blurry here The author often cites sources, both reliable and not, butthan often she tries to weave fictional storie Among the numerous collections of this kind sprouting up lately, this one caught my eye first because it was about princesses, and second because it promised the truth behind these women s stories It did turn out to be a collection of numerous stories about the real princesses and their, sometimes, gruesome and difficult lives, but the line between fact and fiction is very blurry here The author often cites sources, both reliable and not, butthan often she tries to weave fictional stories around these women s lives, with no evidence to support her claims.It seems that the author couldn t decide whether she was writing fiction or nonfiction I expected the latter, since the book is marketed as such, so it s no wonder I was annoyed at McRobbie s constant interference with unsupported facts, bad jokes and overly colloquial terms She also didn t take any crap she once beat her half brother Mbandi bloody after he stole her beaded necklace I was kind of expecting a woman need no man kind of line to show up.Okay, I don t really mind the crap, but this is just one of many examples where the author 1 Doesn t write consistently with the rest of the book, and 2 Seems to push a female empowerment of the totally wrong kind on her readers In multiple stories I stumbled on similar lines, where a princess in question is doing unimaginable, disgusting things, and she is praised by the author Is that what feminism is Were these stories about men, and many men of that kind did exist throughout history and they still do, would we praise them or condemn them It s unlikely that she was ever initiated formally into the tribe, a gruesome ritual that involved the murder of a child This is the author s note on the same woman from the previous quote, concerning an initiation to Imbangala, a vicious band of mercenaries, concluding that this woman wouldn t be involved into a murder of a child simply because she was a woman, when that same lady killed her 8 yo nephew on the previous page.I m digressing here, since it s clear from the introduction that McRobbie s main goal is to crush the princess myth the fact that Disney Company glorified that title and turned it into something it almost never was, something little girls today look up to Throughout the history, being a princess was rarely a lovely, beautiful thing, and the author successfully proved that point It s just that she did a very poor job of conveying it, and I cannot ignore that.There are too many stories here to check the validity of each one, but the ones I did check were only half true Some details are obviously added to interest or shock the reader, even some subtitles have a form of click bait, trying to make the storyinteresting, and when you do read it you will realize that the title was either exaggerated or false She also states multiple times that what you ll read is probably not true, because the patriarchal historians weren t too keen on female rulers, but what about the facts she added herself, without any kind of indication What is true here and what is not is on the reader to decide That Edward II had a lover wasn t shocking, nor was it a big problem that his lover was a man Ummm yes it was Homosexuality used to be called sodomy, and it was condemned by the church, which equated it with heresy, even I know that much.Throughout this collection, McRobbie tries to be funny, and she failed in that area too Maybe it s just the type of humor I don t like, but it certainly feels unnecessary and simple T III, now in his mid twenties, wasthan ready to rock The person here referred to as T III is Tuthmosis III, how is this even funny On the brighter side, I actually did like this collection, as I would have liked an online article on the subject 30 fierce and dangerous princesses that kicked ass, read all about it , which I would have forgotten the very next day If it was written better, I would immensely enjoy it and buy it, but as it is I ll just thank Netgalley for the advanced copy of the new and illustrated edition.The main thing I liked was that it provided a peak into these women s lives, collected in one place, and that some of my favorite women from history were mentioned, like Hatshepsut, Boudicca, Lucrezia Borgia, Queen Tomyris, Erzs bet B thory, etc I ve also heard of some of these princesses for the first time, which will certainly lead me toresearch and some better books on the subject, like I hope the Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee is.My favorite new discoveries are Catherine Radziwill, the stalker princess Sarah Winnemucca, whose autobiography was the first memoir written by a Native American woman Caraboo, the fake princess who fooled the whole England Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, still very much alive, who turned a personal tragedy and crisis over its head etc There are 30 princesses or not in this collection who deserve being mentioned and read about, but hopefully next time in a book that s written better.So if you like interesting I will not say powerful as it is not true for all of them women from history, and if you don t mind the gossip column style and unsavory jokes, I think this collection could be an interesting and quick read A thank you to Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.The review is also available on my blog Books of Magic


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