Princesses Behaving Badly
Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Hardcover Release Date: November 19, 2013
Trade Paperback Release Date: March 6, 2018
Contrary to the popular Disney belief, all princesses do not determinedly sing their troubles away, either the old-fashioned way of waiting for the prince or the new-fashioned way of saving themselves with a perfectly happy ending. Real princesses are fearless (or feared) leaders, fierce warriors, or women who just don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about them. And many of their stories do not end happily ever after. And thanks to Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History Without The Fairy-Tale Endings, we can learn more about these royal leaders.
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie‘s book was relevant when it was first published in hardcover 2013, but never more so than now during these unprecedented times. This fun, fast, and true read, which is now out in trade paperback format, gives you glimpses of such notable women as Njinga, the African warrior queen who killed for her throne; Princess Srirasmi, who partied in a thong and a hat and that’s it; and Princess Louise of Belgium, who chose an insane asylum over her marriage.
Intrigued? For more, check out our full review from the hardcover release. Quirk released the trade paperback on March 6, 2018.
Official Book Synopsis:
You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their majestic closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood. And Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.
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