Royal Affairs : A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarchy

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  • Copyright: 2008-06-03
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A funny, raucous, and delightfully dirty history of 1,000 years of bedroom-hopping secrets and scandals of Britainís royals. Insatiable kings, lecherous queens, kissing cousins, and wanton consortsóhistory has never been so much fun. Royal unions have always been the stuff of scintillating gossip, from the passionate Plantagenets to Henry VIIIís alarming head count of wives and mistresses, to the Sapphic crushes of Mary and Anne Stuart right on up through the scandal-blighted coupling of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Thrown into loveless, arranged marriages for political and economic gain, many royals were driven to indulge their pleasures outside the marital bed, engaging in delicious flirtations, lurid love letters, and rampant sex with voluptuous and willing partners. This nearly pathological lust made for some of the most titillating scandals in Great Britainís history. Hardly harmless, these affairs have disrupted dynastic alliances, endangered lives, and most of all, fed the salacious curiosity of the public for centuries. Royal Affairswill satiate that curiosity by bringing this arousing history alive.

Author Biography

Leslie Carroll has written contemporary fiction under her own name, and historical fiction under the pen name of Amanda Elyot.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 3
The Angevinsp. 9
Henry IIp. 11
And Rosamund de Cliffordp. 13
And Alys (or Alais), Countess of the Vexinp. 17
The Plantagenetsp. 21
Edward IIp. 23
And Piers Gavestonp. 25
And Hugh Despenser the Youngerp. 25
Isabella of France (Queen to Edward II)p. 25
And Roger Mortimerp. 25
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancasterp. 39
And Katherine Swynfordp. 39
Lancaster and Yorkp. 51
Edward IVp. 53
And Jane Shorep. 55
The Tudorsp. 61
Mary Tudorp. 63
And Charles Brandonp. 63
Henry VIIIp. 71
And Elizabeth "Bessie" Blountp. 73
And Mary Boleynp. 76
And Anne Boleynp. 79
And Jane Seymourp. 102
And Kathryn Howardp. 111
Kathryn Howardp. 111
And Francis Derehamp. 111
And Thomas Culpeperp. 111
Elizabeth Ip. 132
And Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicesterp. 134
And Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essexp. 147
The Stuartsp. 159
Mary, Queen of Scotsp. 161
And Henry Stuart, Lord Darnleyp. 164
And James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwellp. 164
James I of England and Ireland (also James VI of Scotland)p. 176
And George Villiers, Duke of Buckinghamp. 178
Charles IIp. 185
And Lucy Walterp. 187
And Barbara Villiers, Lady Castlemaine, Duchess of Clevelandp. 188
And Frances Teresa Stuartp. 198
And Nell Gwynp. 203
And Louise Renee de Penancoet de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouthp. 214
And Hortense Mancini, Duchesse Mazarinp. 222
James II of England/James VII of Scotlandp. 228
And Anne Hydep. 230
William III and Mary IIp. 235
And Frances Apsleyp. 238
And Elizabeth Villiersp. 238
And Arnold Joost van Keppelp. 238
Annep. 249
And Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlboroughp. 251
And Abigail Masham, Baroness Mashamp. 251
The Hanoversp. 259
George Ip. 261
And Sophia Charlotte von Kielmansegg, Countess of Darlington and Countess of Leinsterp. 263
And (simultaneously) Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, Duchess of Kendal and Duchess of Munsterp. 263
George IIp. 272
And Henrietta Howardp. 273
And Amalie Sophie Marianne von Wallmodenp. 277
George IVp. 280
And Mary Robinsonp. 282
And Maria Fitzherbertp. 291
Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Walesp. 309
The "Delicate Investigation" and The Bill of Pains and Penaltiesp. 309
Frederick, Duke of Yorkp. 335
And Mary Anne Clarkep. 335
William IVp. 340
And Dorothy Jordanp. 340
Victoriap. 357
And John Brownp. 359
Saxe-Coburg-Gothap. 369
Edward VIIp. 371
And Lillie Langtryp. 373
And Frances Evelyn "Daisy" Greville, Countess of Warwickp. 381
And Alice Keppelp. 386
The Windsorsp. 397
Edward VIIIp. 399
And Wallis Warfield Simpsonp. 401
Charles, Prince of Wales (Introduction)p. 416
Diana, Princess of Walesp. 419
And James Hewittp. 419
Charles, Prince of Walesp. 429
And Camilla Parker Bowlesp. 429
Acknowledgmentsp. 439
Selected Bibliographyp. 441
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