Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

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Quirk Books, Nov 19, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
This edition offers true tales of these take-charge princesses plus dozens more in a fascinating read that’s perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story. 

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 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 majestic closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood. And Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.

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User Review  - jessicadelellis - LibraryThing

I received this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books). This was such a fascinating read. It contains mini-biographies of different real life royals (princesses, empresses, sultanas etc.) from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Diana_Long_Thomas - LibraryThing

Behaving badly is an understatement in this history book. There are princesses who ran off with lovers, those who tried to usurp thrones, a few who would have been better rulers than their siblings ... Read full review

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Linda Rodriguez McRobbie has written for Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, Atlas Obscura, Christian Science Monitor, WallStreetJournal.com, and other national publications. Find her online at lindarodriguezmcrobbie.com.

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