Royalty's Strangest Characters: Extraordinary But True Tales of 2000 years of mad monarchs and raving rulers

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Recounting over 2,000 years of daft despots, raving rulers and potty potentates, this unique look at the worlds craziest kings and queens will leave you shocked, amazed and often in fits of laughter. From the madness of ancient Rome, exemplified by the Emperor Caligula who wanted to appoint his horse to the consulate, we go on to meet Charles VI of France, convinced he was made of glass, Queen Juana of Spain, never separated from her late husbands coffin, and King Otto of Bavaria, who tried to ward off hereditary insanity by shooting a peasant a day. Throughout history, royalty and scandal have gone hand-in-hand like a Prince of Wales and his mistress witness the pocket-picking Farouk I of Egypt, Augustus II of Poland, who fathered an estimated 355 children, only one of whom was legitimate, and, more recently, Britains master of tact and diplomacy, Prince Philip. From kleptomania and incest to transvestism and even pigeon fancying, all these and many more colourful characters can be found in this revealing trawl of the worlds royal families.

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    Royalty's Strangest Characters: Extraordinary But True Tales of 2000 years of mad monarchs and raving rulers Reviews

  • Samantha

    An entertaining look at the eccentric, tempermental and all over crazy rulers throughout history. From famous baddies like Caligula and Ivan the Terrible to eccentrics like King George. Elizabeth Bath...

  • Janet Russell

    What a carry on! No pun intended!What a collection! the funniest I've read so far!Some of the people mentioned I'd never heard of or would want to! What a pack of idiots & despotsfrom history! Good al...

  • Gayla

    EntertainingThe stories are short but entertaining. Some the of stories have been covered in other books that are written along the same lines as this one. There were a couple stories that I have neve...

  • Angie Allen

    A Good Chuckle It is a good book. Not the best one I have ever read on the crazy royals, but entertaining nonetheless. ...

  • Lynnda

    Very interesting....