Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Inglorious Royal Marriages

02_Inglorious Royal Marriages

Publication Date: September 2, 2014
NAL Trade
Formats: eBook, Paperback; 400p
Genre: History/Non-Fiction/Royalty

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Why does it seem that the marriages of so many monarchs are often made in hell? And yet we canít stop reading about them! To satisfy your schadenfreude, INGLORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES offers a panoply of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history.... some of which are mentioned below.

When her monkish husband, England's Lancastrian Henry VI, became completely catatonic, the unpopular French-born Margaret of Anjou led his army against the troops of their enemy, the Duke of York.

Margaret Tudor, her niece Mary I, and Catherine of Braganza were desperately in love with chronically unfaithful husbands - but at least they weren't murdered by them, as were two of the Medici princesses.

King Charles II's beautiful, high-spirited sister "Minette" wed Louis XIV's younger brother, who wore more makeup and perfume than she did.

Compelled by her mother to wed her boring, jug-eared cousin Ferdinand, Marie of Roumania - granddaughter of Queen Victoria - emerged as a heroine of World War I by using her prodigious personal charm to regain massive amounts of land during the peace talks at Versailles. Marie's younger sister Victoria Melita wed two of her first-cousins: both marriages ultimately scandalized the courts of Europe.

Brimming with outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, this is an entertaining, unforgettable book of dubious matches doomed from the start.

Praise for Leslie Carroll's Royal Books

"An irresistible combination of People magazine and the History Channel." Chicago Tribune (5 Stars)

"Thoroughly enjoyable." Booklist

"For those who tackled Hilary Mantelís Wolf Hall, and can't get enough of the scandal surrounding Henry VIII's wives, [Notorious Royal Marriages is] the perfect companion book." NewYorker.com

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About the Author

03_Leslie Carroll

Leslie Carroll is the author of several works of historical nonfiction, womens fiction, and, under the pen names Juliet Grey and Amanda Elyot, is a multipublished author of historical fiction. Her nonfiction titles include Royal Romances, Royal Pains, Royal Affairs, and Notorious Royal Marriages. She is also a classically trained professional actress with numerous portrayals of virgins, vixens, and villainesses to her credit, and is an award-winning audio book narrator.

A frequent commentator on royal romances and relationships, Leslie has been interviewed by numerous publications, including MSNBC.com, USA Today, the Australian Broadcasting Company, and NPR, and she was a featured royalty historian on CBS nightly news in London during the royal wedding coverage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She also appears as an expert on the love lives of Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon on the television series "The Secret Life of [fill in the name of famous figure]" for Canada's History Channel. Leslie and her husband, Scott, divide their time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

For more information please visit Leslie's website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Inglorious Royal Marriages Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 1

Tuesday, September 2
Interview at Scandalous Women

Wednesday, September 3
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry

Thursday, September 4
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Friday, September 5

Monday, September 8
Review & Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please

Tuesday, September 9
Spotlight at Princess of Eboli

Wednesday, September 10

Thursday, September 11
Review at The Lit Bitch
Spotlight & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection

Monday, September 15
Guest Post & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books

Tuesday, September 16
Spotlight & Giveaway at Reading Lark

Wednesday, September 17
Review & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair

Saturday, September 20

Tuesday, September 23
Review & Giveaway at The Maiden's Court

Wednesday, September 24
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Review & Giveaway at To Read or Not to Read

Thursday, September 25
Review at Bookish

Friday, September 26
Review & Giveaway at The True Book Addict

We have ONE paperback of Inglorious Royal Marriages to offer our readers. This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18+ years of age. The book will be shipped by the book tour company.

The giveaway runs from September 16-26. Winner will be notified via email on September 27.


  1. Although I have a ton of sympathy for these people trapped in these political liaisons, I think the stories must be fascinating. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  2. This sounds like a fun read! I'll keep an eye out for it.

  3. I want to win because I love reading about royals.

  4. I want to read this because I love reading about royal marriages.


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