Today is the Big Kick-Start Event at Historical Fiction Bloggers Round Table, featuring Leslie Carroll's new book:
NOTORIOUS ROYAL MARRRIAGES- released Tuesday, January 5th.
I read the book and loved it! Here's my review...
Be prepared for an enchanting time with a story teller who’s sure to become one of your favourite raconteurs of the past. Leslie Carroll, author of Notorious Royal Marriages, promises you a memorable date with history; be sure to bring your own wine…you’re staying up late tonight.
Notorious Royal Marriages, by Leslie Carroll focuses on some of the most renowned royal couples in history. The stories include European monarchs from as early as the 12th c all the way to Charles and Camilla. Although some of these stories are well-known to many of us, there are so many unheard of-before-juicy details that beg to be told, and this is splendidly done in a friend to friend-sit-back and let me tell you-kind of way. Leslie Carroll has an incredible knack for stirring up curiosity; leading you to reading each chapter without skipping a beat. I just had to keep on reading to find out more.
If you think this is going to be just another non-fiction factual type of read- you’re so wrong! Yes, you’ll learn the history and a lot more interesting stuff than you might have read somewhere else before- but that’s not all. Notorious Royal Marriages is also thought-provoking; another way to look at things; a different take on what you previously knew. This book will not leave you unmarked- it will definitely bring up controversy and maybe even nudge you the wrong way. Leslie Carroll tells it as it is- whether you like it or not. Don’t be surprised if after reading about your favourite historical figure, he/she might have lost some of the shine; or, it may be quite possible that the royal you’ve always most despised, comes out looking like he had some very good reason…
Whether you agree with the history or not, Notorious Royal Marriages will open up a whole new set of questions and curiosities, setting the stage for great discussion-Just like a Pandora’s Box waiting to be opened. You’ll only be wishing that the author could be right there with you sharing or opposing in the juiciest gossip ever told.
Who did I enjoy reading about the most? By far, Victoria and Albert- what a romance!
What did I like the least about some of these royals? Well, we already know a great deal about their incestuous ways…this still gets me every time. However, I’ll have to say that Edward VIII, I found pretty revolting (morally, regally and politically).
After all this, who do I still love, love, love? Well, Josephine, Marie-Antoinette, Sophia Dorothea, and Princess Diana, will always have my heart.
Extremely entertaining read!
For a list of week-long fun-filled events, check out the HFBRT Calendar of Events.
Today, check out Allie's place where Leslie Carroll will guest post. And- at Amy's place, she has a wonderful creative post on Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.