Princesses Behaving Badly

Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings

By Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
(Quirk Books, Hardcover, 9781594746444, 303pp.)

Publication Date: November 19, 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2013 Indie Next List
“Everyone knows that princesses are lovely beings who live fairy-tale lives. Unless, of course, they are real people. Then it's a bit messier. McRobbie has written a fascinating account of real princesses who didn't live happily ever after. Starting in antiquity, she describes the legend that has surrounded each princess, and then attempts to ascertain the truth of what the princess was really like and the reality of her situation. This book is a though-provoking addition to feminist literature.”
-- Janice Hunsche, Kaleidosaurus Books, Fishers, IN


Description
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 royal 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 while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back." Princesses Behaving Badly" offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that's pefect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.
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