The royal European courts were unsurpassed for their glamour, wealth, fame, danger, treachery, and politics The royal mistress was at the center of that world admired for her beauty and sensuality feared for the power she wielded even vilified, envied, and resented In times when women had very little power, the royal mistress had enormous influence, and yet she is sThe royal European courts were unsurpassed for their glamour, wealth, fame, danger, treachery, and politics The royal mistress was at the center of that world admired for her beauty and sensuality feared for the power she wielded even vilified, envied, and resented In times when women had very little power, the royal mistress had enormous influence, and yet she is seldom mentioned in official histories In Cupid and the King, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent recounts the stories of five very different women, each of whom became a celebrated or notorious courtesan Nell Gwyn, the bawdy, vivacious orange seller turned actress who endeared herself to Charles II and the country with her wit and down to earth manner Madame de Pompadour, the extravagant, elegant maitresse en titre of Louis XV who became one of the great patrons of her time while enraging the people of France Marie Walewska, who became Napoleon s mistress to save her country Lola Montez, the flamboyant, scandalous Irish beauty who reinvented herself as a Spanish aristocrat to win the heart of Ludwig I of Bavaria Lillie Langtry, the legendary beauty immortalized by the most famous artists of her day and the only woman to completely monopolize Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VII Written with an insider s keen understanding of court life and filled with delicious details born of impeccable research, Cupid and the King explores a little k
Cupid and the King Five Royal Paramours The royal European courts were unsurpassed for their glamour wealth fame danger treachery and politics The royal mistress was at the center of that world admired for her beauty and sensuality fea
Princess Michael of Kent, has chronicled the lives of five of the most famous or infamous maitresses en titre in history Nell Gwyn grew up in the gutter, the daughter of an alcoholic prostitute But through bawdy charm and talent, she became a comedic actress on the London stages, and caught the eye of Charles Stuart Though she wasn t as high born as his other ladies, Nellie retained a place in Charles heart until his death, and was faithful to him for the rest of her short life.Madame de Pompado [...]
I was all set to give Cupid and the King three stars, when I found out that quite a bit of the information on Lola Montez was wrong And what, I ask you, is the point of a biography which is wrong I thought I would fill in the author page for Lola Montez and just googled a couple of bits I couldn t remember from the book, only to find that several of the facts were inaccurate Her birthplace Wrong Her date of birth Wrong The title and subject matter of a book she wrote Wrong I haven t attempted to [...]
I loved reading about these women and their lives
An interesting book about the women who often shaped the rule of Kings and Princesl of whom any reader of history recognizes Of the five women who appear in this book, two probably actually loved their paramours the Pompadour and Marie Walewska and three Nell Gwyn, Lola Montez, and Lillie Langtry were opportunists and basically high priced prostitutes The early years in the life of the royal courts of Great Britain and the Continent were based on gaining favor and position through any means and [...]
Pretty good I know there is some controversy around the author so I am cautious of that when I read her work The instances that she chose were interesting and I was fascinated by the women and relationships they had with their kings I think the Lola story was not so much of a romantic story as most people seem to believe but she took an unbiased approach which I liked Though I didn t like the inclusion of Marie and Napoleon as there seems to be justification of how he treats her which I really d [...]
I like this author than I probably should She s always a little biased in favor of her subjects and leaves out quite a bit of info that rounds out there character and would make her books that much better Still, she has a gossipy tone and revels in details that appeal to the tabloid lover in me I ve read biographies of several of the women profiled in this book that are better, but the book is still an enjoyable read.
The book was easy to read, and informative because when I read the book, I was clueless about the royal mistresses of any nation, and this book gave me a glimpse into that life I have always been fond of biographies after reading this book, and therefore I remember it with pleasure than it is due.
The book is pretty repetitive literally, in many sections and HRH Princess Michael of Kent seems to stretch the reality of these relationships to suit her thesis It was interesting, but I don t really believe it was historically accurate or intelligent That said, I bought it for 1GBP, so it was a good enough deal.
I picked up this book to determine if Princess Michael of Kent could write Conclusion not really, but it is definitely readable an account of five paramours of different European monarchs Madame de Pompadour, Lola Montez, Marie Walewsksa, Nell Gwynn, Diane de Poitiers but it does not shed any new light on their lives It s simply a rehashing of other biographers accounts.
The Princess certainly has the credentials of perspective to write about the subject Very good book I m a anglophile, royal phile and obsessed with famous courtesans, so this was a perfect fit I was very pleasantly surprised with the author s abilities.
I thought this was a great look into the concubines of the past Stories of five brave and at sometimes devious women and their struggle to keep the love and power of their king I would definitely say if you enjoy learning about history especially from these era s then this is a good read.
It s kind of hilarious that Charles II added his many illegitimate sons to the rolls of British nobility as Dukes Now every time I read a regency romance with a Duke in it, I m going to be wondering if he s descended from one of Charles bastards.
mistresses,love,lies,betrayal, all sum up a typical historical book dealing with the the then monarchs i was not surprised though.
Such engaging stories about the lovers of the most famous Kings Powerfully written, engrossing to read Keen to reread it
Too long Too much info