Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review: A Treasury of Royal Scandals by Michael Farquhar

I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

Overview: From Nero's nagging mother (whom he found especially annoying after taking her as his lover) to Catherine's stable of studs (not of the equine variety), here is a wickedly delightful look at the most scandalous royal doings you never learned about in history class.

Gleeful, naughty, sometimes perverted-like so many of the crowned heads themselves-A Treasury of Royal Scandals presents the best (the worst?) of royal misbehavior through the ages. From ancient Rome to Edwardian England, from the lavish rooms of Versailles to the dankest corners of the Bastille, the great royals of Europe have excelled at savage parenting, deadly rivalry, pathological lust, and meeting death with the utmost indignity-or just very bad luck.

Review: Score, found this half off at my local bookstore and decided to give it a shot. I loved European History in high school so this was right up my ally. It was pretty entertaining to read what royals did way back when. With a humorous tone and short passages, this is the type of book that passes the time enjoyably. Just to warn you, it's kind of raunchy and filled with a lot of sex scandals. This is a guilty pleasure read, for sure.


  1. I'm a little bit of a geek for royals, so I might check this out!

  2. Sounds awesome! I definitely geek out over European history. The author's last name reminds me of that little king from Shrek. :)

  3. haha yes, love European history!!! This was highly entertaining!