Notorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll

Notorious Royal Marriages

By Leslie Carroll

  • Release Date: 2010-01-05
  • Genre: Europe
Score: 4
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From the author of American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry comes a funny and delightful history of the royal weddings and marriages of Europe’s most famous—and infamous—monarchs. This edition includes bonus chapters!

“An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel.”—Chicago Tribune

Since time immemorial, royal marriages have had little to do with love—and almost everything to do with diplomacy and dynasty. Clashing personalities have joined in unholy matrimony to form such infamous couples as Russia’s Peter II and Catherine the Great, and France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici—all with the purpose of begetting a male heir. But with tensions high and silverware flying, kings like England’s Henry II have fled to the beds of their nubile mistresses, while queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine have plotted their revenge...

Full of the juicy gossip and bad behavior that characterized Royal Affairs, this book chronicles the love-hate marriages of the crowned heads of Europe—from the Angevins to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—and ponders how dynasties ever survived at all.


  • Notoriously interesting and a great read.

    By Spazzy Space Monkey
    The book is well written and it captures the essence of Royal marriages.
  • Very Well Written

    By victoriakerley
    This book is a page turner. The language is easy to read. She is not quick to vilify any party in the marriage and gives you both sides of the story. Her take on Wallis Simpson and Josephine are amazing. I highly recommend even if you know the stories, you will still be riveted.