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Sex with Kings: 500 Years Of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, And Revenge

3 Ratings: 3.3
book by Eleanor Herman

 Table of Contents:      Sex with the king -- Beyond the bed-the art of pleasing a king -- Rivals for a king's love-the mistress and the queen -- Cuckold to the king-the mistress's husband -- Unceasing vigilance-the price of … see full wiki

Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date Published: January 2004
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The Royal Bed Warmers

  • Aug 19, 2009
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Sort of embarrassed, I stood in line with my Sex with Kings book for all to see in my prim prime-timer hands, hoping the transaction would go quickly.

Worried about the outside, I soon learned I had nothing to fear from the inside. Sex with Kings has no sexual details unless you consider one mention of a king's foot fettish sexy, but, oh is it rich with royal life details.

I discovered amazingly interesting history from the Biblical mistress Bathsheba to today's Camilla Parker Bowes from author,Eleanor Herman.  Some main mistresses ruled both the kings and their kingdoms for years while some along with their childlren nearly starved. One mistress was so hated for marrying her prince that the king ordered assassins to rip her to shreads in her own garden.

And, the author has an obsesion with Madame Pompadour who appears throughout the book as if the icon for a king's mistress.

One mistress went to war with her king. Most mistresses were constantly at war with those who would unseat them. Out in our Wild West one Bible studying Lola, King Ludwig's mistress who broke his heart, chased, caught and horsewhipped a man.

Can you imagine what one former mistress lectured about in 1857 at 37 in America and  Europe and was well paid for it and attracted crowds?

Find out about the tossed aside mistress whose jealous and insqne husband announced he was a tulip, planted his feet into the groound, and ordered his servants to water him, which they did.

Learn the fates of the cast aside mistresses who went crawling back to their husbands.

All of this intrigue, gossip, backbiting, sabbotage, murder, poisoning, potions, betrayal, and espionage among mostly stinking, dirty, flea-infested, lice-covered people who rarely bathed, except one mistress who insisted on a bath at least three times each week, and put up with the stench of her king, makes the book a hard to put down read.

The detailed life of a mistress: no peace, no rest, always at your best and subject to loss of royalty's attention at the drop of a petticoat. Yet, famous paintings of Agnes Sorel (Charles VII) grace some of the most famous museums of our time.

I learned what country's mistresses were the most powerful and which were the least, in general. What mistress who married after she was let go by the king told her sons that they have to take it on the chin if people call them sons of a whore because they are, but told them never to allow anyone to call them bastards because they were legitimate, unlike the king's children she birthed.

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