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Royal Romances: Titillating Tales of Passion and Power in the Palaces of Europe by Leslie Carroll, review

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Elegant palaces, dazzling power plays, shimmering jewels, and the grandest of all-or-nothing gambles—nothing can top real-life love among the royalty. Louis XIV defied God and law, permitting his married mistress Madame de Montespan to usurp the role of Queen of France, then secretly wed her successor, Madame de Maintenon. Grigory Potemkin was a worthy equal in Catherine the Great’s bed as well as in Russia’s political arena. Dashing Count Axel von Fersen risked everything to save Marie Antoinette’s life more than once—and may have returned her passion. The unshakable devotion of the beloved late “Queen Mum” helped King George VI triumph over his, and England’s, darkest hours. And the unpretentious, timelessly glamorous—even relatable—union of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton continues to enthrall the world.

Full of marvelous tales, unforgettable scandals, and bedazzled nobles who refused to rule their hearts, this delightfully insightful book is what the sweetest royal dreams are made of…


This is the first book I’ve read by Leslie Carroll (Even though I own them all – the cover are so gorgeous and look stunning on my shelves!) and I can easily say that she writes the best non-fiction history books I’ve ever read.  The book is stuffed full of exceptionally researched stories about all the people we want to hear about from Marie Antoinette and Ferson to William and Kate.  While I’d heard about most of the pairs included in the book before, I’d never come across so much detail or learned so much.

Leslie Carroll writes in such a way that you don’t feel you’re learning a lesson at all but feel you are privy to a myriad of secrets you shouldn’t be hearing.  And, the words flow so easily, it’s hard not to get lost in the book and read for hours.  Keeping a reader engaged from cover to cover while reading non-fiction can be tricky but Leslie Carroll does just that with Royal Romances – AND, I suspect, with her other books, too.  I look forward to reading the rest of them.


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