Monday, December 2, 2013
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History without the Fairy-Tale Endings - Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
My Review: Amidst the business of the year, that goal I had set way back in January to read more classic or nonfiction books kind of got shelved, and I've found myself missing the challenge! This was a perfect book to bridge back into the non-fiction genre - the subject material is not only dealing with historical events I'm familiar with, it also introduced me to a few new stories. However, McRobbie has provided only an overview of the real stories of these princesses/queens/impostors, which has been good for my stagnating brain.
This really was a fun read. McRobbie had a difficult job ahead of her. She didn't limit her subject matter to European royalty, instead searching for notorious princesses worldwide. Most historians have not paid any attention to the female side of royal matters, so some of the stories had actually become legend. That being said, it was clear that McRobbie had done her homework. The amount of research she has completed is extensive, although her style of writing makes her findings accessible to anyone. Her tongue-in-cheek writing style added some much-needed levity to some of the accountings, allowing me to truly enjoy what could have been quite a difficult read.
When I'm not reading, I really enjoy listening to one particular podcast that has told some of these same stories. It was so much fun comparing what I had learned from the podcast with McRobbie's writing, and left me wishing that the podcasters would perhaps take on some of the princesses that McRobbie had introduced.
My Rating: Four stars
For the Sensitive Reader: Wow, royal life is messed up. Although McRobbie deals with the subject matter delicately, there are affairs, murder, war, intrigue ... it made me glad I come from good, solid peasant stock!