Illicit love, madness, betrayal it isn t always good to be the queen.Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots What did they have in common For a while they were crowned in gold, cosseted in silk, and flattered by courtiers But in the end, they spent long nights in dark prison towers and were marched to the scaffold where they surrendered their heads to thIllicit love, madness, betrayal it isn t always good to be the queen.Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots What did they have in common For a while they were crowned in gold, cosseted in silk, and flattered by courtiers But in the end, they spent long nights in dark prison towers and were marched to the scaffold where they surrendered their heads to the executioner And they are hardly alone in their undignified demises Throughout history, royal women have had a distressing way of meeting bad ends dying of starvation, being burned at the stake, or expiring in childbirth while trying desperately to produce an heir They always had to be on their toes and all too often even devious plotting, miraculous pregnancies, and selling out their sisters was not enough to keep them from forcible consignment to religious orders From Cleopatra suicide by asp , to Princess Caroline suspiciously poisoned on her coronation day , there s a gory downside to being blue blooded when you lack a Y chromosome.Kris Waldherr s elegant little book is a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of queens across the ages, a quirky, funny, utterly macabre tribute to the dark side of female empowerment Over the course of fifty irresistibly illustrated and too brief lives, Doomed Queens charts centuries of regal backstabbing and intrigue We meet well known figures like Catherine of Aragon, whose happy marriage to Henry VIII ended prematurely when it became clear that she was a starter wife the first of six And we meet forgotten queens like Amalasuntha, the notoriously literate Ostrogoth princess who overreached politically and was strangled in her bath While their ends were bleak, these queens did not die without purpose Their unfortunate lives are colorful cautionary tales for today s would be power brokers a legacy of worldly and womanly wisdom gathered one spectacular regal ruin at a time.
Doomed Queens Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends From Cleopatra to Princess Di Illicit love madness betrayal it isn t always good to be the queen Marie Antoinette Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots What did they have in common For a while they were crowned in gold cossete
A quirky yet educational list of Doomed Queens that is organized by time period. I learned a lot and was entertained- everything that I look for in a non-fiction book."While kings were also vulnerable to political upheaval for the most part men pulled the strings at court. Therefore any woman blocking the way to power was a threat to be eliminated. Common ways to bump off an inconvenient consort included beheading, burning, drowning, poison, stabbing, strangling, starving, and forcing suicide." [...]
Despite the perks of royalty, it's usually not good to be the queen.And here are fifty examples of ladies who found that out the hard way!First of all, this is a beautiful book. From the reapers decorating the endpapers to the sepia-toned print to the illustrations, many by the author, it's lovely to behold. And the flaps feature paper dolls - with removable heads! (Well, I guess technically, ALL paper dolls have removable heads Man, I think I might have wasted my childhood!)Throughout history, [...]
This fun little book detailing the lives - and more importantly deaths - of fifty queens. While the book does talk about Anne Boleyn and Maria Antoinette, you could also see some names almost swept away by history like Cleopatra's sister. Written with a wry sense of humor with multiple choice tests to quiz what the reader remembers and the odd anecdote here and there, this book can enchant the history buff.
While I learned about some women I had never heard of before, I noticed some glaring inaccuracies in the chapters about some of the ones I had, most notably Queen Joan of Naples. The book was also a little too gimmicky and I'm not sure what age group it was intended for? I did like the author's drawings and the quotes she used from the Doomed Queens themselves. Some chapters were definitely better than others. The chapters on Cleopatra's sisters Berenice and Arsinoe being two of the better ones. [...]
When you play at being a peasant, you risk being killed by one.This was a fun book! Along with the usual biographies and methods-of-death for these once supreme leading ladies, the reader can also cut out Doomed Queens paper dolls, answer quizzes, download backgrounds for the dolls, and discover what type of Doomed Queen you might be. This is as interactive as a p-book can get.It's not as though I enjoy reading about royal damsels who lost their lives and/or kingdoms, but this is such a beautifu [...]
I don't even know how I found this. Probably browsing through the recommendation section. But this was a great read. If you want an in depth historical account of each queen - look elsewhere, this has just enough information to get the point across and give the reader a good idea of what happened. And for all those little girls who dreamed of being a princess? This is what could happen! Yikes.
“Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling.” -Louisa May AlcottOne of my 2018 reading resolutions is to read more non-fiction books, and this was just the kind of I was wanting to read to start off the new year! This book goes over 50 doomed queens throughout history, giving a brief overview and summary of their lives and what brought their demise. From this book I now have a better idea of who I want to read more about throughout the rest o [...]
Check out DOOMED QUEENSThe holidays are approaching, soon the weather will cool down, and there will be nothing you want to do more than lay around in your best gown, your necks and fingers dripping with opulence as you sip exotic hot teas and cocoas. When you find this time for yourself this month you need to have a copy in-hand of Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di . It is the type of book that, as you approach those last pages you think, "oh my! How can [...]
I loved this. Short, snarky, punchy, irreverent, all those others adjectives - I'm sure plenty of people trash it for that, the ones who can't bear to have history taken from its sacred pedestal and made relatable and humorous and relevant to (gasp!) pop culture. Whatever. I disagreed with a few bits of trivia (like Mary Boleyn's kids being Henry's bastards), but the writer clearly states in the intro AND the notes that, when faced with conflicting evidence, she went for the more salacious versi [...]
(I had this marked for the wrong book: Doomed Queen Anne instead of Doomed Queens, so this review is just a correction.) Not as good as I was led to believe or expected, this book covers the deaths and events leading to the deaths of queens and other female royalty over the centuries. Each queen is given only a page or two, so the history is very superficial. In addition, the flippancy which is meant to be humorous just doesn't work. A bit of interesting trivia, but I don't recommend it.
What a lovely, entertaining book! But really, it's a fun book about a sad subject. I was interested in many of these women beforehand but after it, I discovered many more I wish to read about so kudos, Kris Waldherr! Also, I especially loved the illustriations and mini quizzes at the end of the chapters and the one at the end. I got: "10 to 19 points: Blue blood or no, you are more regal than most. Use your powers for good." So that's nice.
This is a great idea, but it would have actually been a reliable book if a majority of it wasn't based on "popular" history (generalizations and vague ideas that stem from historical propaganda instead of historical fact)and actually based off some truth. I suppose the drama with these quasi-historical skits are good to help someone learn some history in an entertaining way though.
Perfunctory, flippant and boring. With such great subject material, how could this have happened? The author barely scratched the surface of fifty queens/leaders from antiquity to the present day, and then buffed out the scrape with a feather. I got as far as Henry VIII’s wives and then quit. I want my time back.
This is my kind of history book! Short, to the point & full of fun info. Kris Waldherr also has a sassy writing style which I love. Similar to Michael Farquhar, who I also adore.
Finished this only because I had paid for it. I thought it would be a trashy good read, but it was only trashy. Superficial and unfunny, labored prose, and quizzes, for gack's sake! Awful.
I'm a little conflicted. I LOVE this book. It is interesting and hilariously written - sometimes I feel bad for laughing when I remember that the story is actually really sad. I love that this told stories I knew in a concise, interesting way and introduced me to new stories and women I'd never heard of. BUT sometimes the chapters were bogged down by a lot of (necessary) lineage that can be confusing if you aren't at least a little familiar with what's going on. I imagine, though, that most peop [...]
A fascinating book! Kris Waldherr's Doomed Queens: Royal Woman Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di presentation of women who are queens or who are to become queens but who "met bad ends" is short and to the point, the language used by the author is not formal, the illustrations include skeletons with crowns, and there is a short "digression" here and there with items of interest. I learned quite a bit of information. Definitely, my kind of non-fiction book! Love the illustrations!
I absolutely adore this book. It has quick wit and a gallows sense of humor. Waldherr seems to mock the fate of these doomed queens while also providing readers with the facts. She also has brief digressions in the margins where she explains various aspects of the stories she's telling, outlines a small family tree, etc. One of the things I like the most about this book is how brief each section is. Waldherr usually spends no more than three pages on each "doomed queen," and that's with pictures [...]
Kris Waldherr’s book of “royal women who met bad ends” is a witty, fun look at the downside of being a female royal. I read the whole book in one sitting. This is a nice summary book of these 50 women. There are usually 2 pages devoted to each royal woman – and accordingly you don’t get an in-depth look at their lives – but you do get to know the important backstory that lead to their death. And their deaths are really what the whole book is about anyway.This isn’t just a book for [...]
You've got to love a cover that show heads rolling! Sheesh! Actually, it's a good indicator for the rest of the book - short and sweet blurbs about some of the queens that have met with a tragic end. Apparently there are a lot of them. And all met their demise in a variety of forms, usually era dependent. This is more of a book of short facts - quick synopsis of the lives and times of some very fortunate - or unfortunate (depending on your outlook) - girls who got the opportunity to call themsel [...]
This is a short book, with little profiles on history's doomed queens, from the Antiquity to our days. It talks a bit about their lives (very little, leaves you wanting more but thankfully there's a helpful reading list at the end) but mostly it's about how they met their end (poisoning, guillotine, strangled, stabbed, suicide, childbirth, etc).Yeah it's pretty morbid but thankfully Waldherr is quite funny so the book is not depressing at all.I was definitely left wondering why there aren't movi [...]
We all know that when it comes to books that bring a bunch of interesting historical figures together in short, concise essays--there's not much deviation. You get a few interesting stories out of them and hopefully a little bit of accuracy. I can't say that Doomed Queens brings any new ground to the "genre". The familiar women like Marie Antoinette and Anne Boleyn get the same old treatment as the always do. Waldherr does bring a few lesser-known ladies--Thessalonike among them--to the forefron [...]
I typically know what I'm getting into with books like this, because intrigue, drama, and sex sell. But when it is about people I really know a lot about, I have very little patience and give very little leeway for incorrect facts. I should have passed on this book as soon as I read this in the introduction:"During my research, when confronted with contradictory information, I've striven to present that which appeared most historically persuasive. However, when all things were equal, I allowed t [...]
An irreverent, lively written book on why no little girl should actually want to grow up to be queen. Waldherr manages to dig up queens who met grizzly ends from the biblical-era to the 20th century. She covers the well known, like Marie Antoinette, to the virtually unknown, like Cleopatra’s sister. I was surprised how many queens were killed by their own sons. Talk about ungrateful!She gives a sympathetic, if brief, portrait of each royal lady, often giving modern day parallels to get across [...]
Fun, quick read about 50 queens and princesses- each person taking up usually the most of 2 pages.Not sure the age range for this one- since the quizzes at the end were really silly. Also, at times the wry sense of humor I felt was a little much and rolled my eyes quite a bit. Wish this had a little bit more information rather than the constant sarcastic jabs.Beautiful book though- the flaps has cut out dolls and there are skulls, reapers, and incredible artwork throughout.
While I enjoyed the history in this book (especially in the fact that she didn't just stick to well-known and over-abused female figures like Cleopatra and the wives of Henry VIII), I wasn't on board with the whimsicality and coyness of it all. I couldn't get along with the author's illustrations showing a looming skeleton. And I especially groaned at each story's "cautionary moral" which was supposed to keep us from making the same mistakes. (i.e. Avoid boats rowed by your enemies)That being sa [...]
Very interesting to read, though many of the pictures looked like a bad photoshop job (not the author's illustrations; those were lovely). It was fun reading about queens I'd never heard of before, but I didn't really like the way she portrayed the queens I did know about (namely Alexandra Romanov), so maybe ignorance is bliss. She also focused too often on the illicit (read: affairs) side of things for me. Though that frequently had a hand in these queens being doomed, she gave me more details [...]
I have been putting off this book for some time (As I've put off all the books I own for those that I get from the library) and I was going through a reading slump and I found some advice that told me to read a book I knew would go well. This one did. It was a light hearted read and covered a lot of interesting women (Not just the ones that we all know about) though it did have a few inaccuracies that bugged me a little but it cured my slump *fingers crossed* so I reccommend it for any historian [...]
All in all I thought this book was fantastic! I loved learning about queens I've never even heard about and enjoyed the portions about the well known ones. It is a pretty easy read and has no problem keeping your attention, I especially enjoyed the little chapter quizzes. I will say that some sections were too short and I wish the author would have written a little more about the queen she focused on and I may have seen one or two inaccuracies in there, but overall this was an excellent book tha [...]
3.5 starsIt was an intersting reading, and it was also funny, despite the argument. The author is really hironic and cynic and her style is captivating. I loved the quiz at the end of every chapter, they were hilarious!And Waldherr do a really good job because she doesn't speak only about the famous ones (or infamous) but she speaks also about the litlle know or unknown queens of the past. And her drawnings are pretty good.