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Behind The Palace Doors: Five Centuries Of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, And Folly From Royal…

by Michael Farquhar

Random House Publishing Group | March 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Behind The Palace Doors: Five Centuries Of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, And Folly From Royal Britain is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world’s most engaging royal historians
 
Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman’s blade. From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria’s surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain’s monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination.
 
Featuring:
• stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II
• historical myths debunked and surprising “Did you know . . . ?” anecdotes
• four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.99 × 5.23 × 0.68 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812979044

ISBN - 13: 9780812979046

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Fascinating Romp through History with a Master Raconteur This is the fifth book that I’ve read by this remarkable author and I certainly hope that he will have more coming. As alluded to in the subtitle, all of the British monarchs over the past five centuries – from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II – are examined to some extent, some more than others. But the author does not focus on the standard events that can be found in most history books. Rather, he concentrates on these monarchs’ lesser-known characteristics, e.g., quirks, eccentricities, personality traits of interest, their affairs, etc., as well as particular occurrences that have featured in their lives – mainly those worthy of gossip, head-shaking and even surprise. This author’s writing style is one of the book’s greatest assets. His prose is friendly, clear, lively, often tongue-in-cheek, occasionally humorous and always most engaging. Again, as in his other books, his choice of words at the right occasions is simply priceless. This book can be relished by absolutely anyone.
Date published: 2011-07-20

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Behind The Palace Doors: Five Centuries Of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, And Folly From Royal…

by Michael Farquhar

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.99 × 5.23 × 0.68 in

Published: March 1, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0812979044

ISBN - 13: 9780812979046

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Spanning 500 years of British history, "Behind the Palace Doors" offers a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world's most engaging royal historians.

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1 Henry VIII (1509–1547): Up the Stairs, Pulled by an Engine The King was now overgrown with corpulency and fatness. —Edward Hall By 1540, Henry VIII had discarded his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, and beheaded his second, Anne Boleyn, on a false charge of adultery. He also married his third wife, Jane Seymour, who died right after giving Henry the son he had desired all along. Now—as the king grew monstrously obese—three more wives were in for the royal treatment. Henry VIII was huge; a colossus who dominated not only his era but, as he grew heavier, his horse as well. The poor beast was on the losing end of the chunky king’s decision to don his plus-sized armor, saddle up, and lead his English forces into battle against France in 1544. “It was no longer a glorious young prince who was to lead his Englishmen toward Bou­logne,” wrote Antonia Fraser, “but an unwieldy invalid who had to be winched aboard his horse with his armour cut away from his swollen leg.” Miserable as it must have been for the horse to have the obese monarch bouncing on top of it, so much worse it was for Henry’s teenaged queen, Catherine Howard, when she found herself in the same position. Henry was pushing fifty when he married for the fifth time, a bloated tyrant with badly ulcerated legs that left the once vigorously athletic monarch largely immobile and subject to savage bouts of temper. “The King was now overgrown with corpulen
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Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great (and not-so-great) Britons, courtesy of one of the world’s most engaging royal historians
 
Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull. Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman’s blade. From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria’s surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain’s monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination.
 
Featuring:
• stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II
• historical myths debunked and surprising “Did you know . . . ?” anecdotes
• four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors
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