"To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it." - Queen Elizabeth I of England "I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his." - Catherine the Great To many, Europe has been the pinnacle of world sophistication and culture, yet beneath the power, the glamour and the splendour there has also been scandal, mystery, incest, insanity and skullduggery. Kings and Queens of Europe peels away the glory and the glitz to take a wry look at what has really gone on in the corridors, bedrooms and dungeons of European power from the eleventh century up to the present day. From the Tudors to the Habsburgs to the Windsors, from Vlad the Impaler to Elizabeth Bathory's torture techniques to Philip IV of France's persecution of the Knights Templars, from the tragedies of Princess Grace of Monaco and Princess Diana to the corruption charges facing Princess Cristina of Spain today, Kings and Queens of Europe is illustrated throughout with 400 colour and black-and-white photographs, genealogies and artworks, and offers a lively, highly varied portrait of European monarchy.
The royal families of Europe have a long and colourful history. Kings and Queens of Europe exposes the misdeeds and misadventures of monarchies ancient and modern, from the Windsors to the Habsburgs, with such characters as Vlad the Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory, Louis XIV, Henry VIII and many more...
KINGS & QUEENS OF CONTINENTAL EUROPE Introduction Chapter One: Philip IV of France and the Knights Templar Chapter Two: Elizabeth Bathory: The Blood Countess Chapter Three: Two French Rakes: Louis XIV and Louis XV Chapter Four: The King and the Vamp: Ludwig I of Bavaria and Lola Montez Chapter Five: Castles in the Air: The Tragic Story of Ludwig II of Bavaria Chapter Six: The Mayerling Tragedy Chapter Seven: Madness in the Spanish Royal Family Chapter Eight: More Madness in Spain Chapter Nine: Queen Christina of Sweden: A Question of Gender Chapter Ten: Haemophilia: The Royal Disease Chapter Eleven: Kings and Communists: Carol II of Romania Chapter Twelve: The Netherlands: A Royal Family in Trouble Chapter Thirteen: King Leopold II and the Belgian Congo Chapter Fourteen: The Grimaldis of Monaco KINGS & QUEENS OF ENGLAND Introduction Chapter 1: Conspirators and Conquerors: A Dirty Business - The Normans Chapter 2: Unholy Alliances - The Plantagenets Part I Chapter 3: Crusading Kings and Troublesome Barons - The Plantagenets Part II Chapter 4: Lovers, Land and Treason - The Plantagenets Part III Chapter 5: Insanity, Civil War and Child Murder - The Plantagenets Part IV Chapter 6: Conspiracy and Bloodshed - The Tudors Part I Chapter 7: Decapitation and Divorce - The Tudors Part II Chapter 8: Turmoil, Terror and Fatal Illness - The Tudors Part III Chapter 9: Gloriana and Gore - The Tudors Part IV Chapter 10: Roundheads and Regicide - The Stuarts Part I Chapter 11: A Not-So-Merry Monarchy - The Stuarts Part II Chapter 12: Mistresses and Madness - The Hanoverians Part I Chapter 13: Battle Royal - The Hanoverians Part II Chapter 14: Scandal Behind Closed Doors - The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Chapter 15: A Loose Cannon - The Windsors Part I Chapter 16: A Modern Monarchy? - The Windsors Part II Index
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