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.
Most people find history dry and boring, suffering through the classes in school because it was required. But there are a few of us that know that history tells the best stories. Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings is proof of this. Disney likes to make everything all cute and pretty but in reality the truth is a far cry from that. The past contains a multitude of ladies who weren’t content to sit on the sidelines, they got up and forged their own destinies. And there were no helpful animals or fairy godmothers backing them up.
Containing short biographies of over thirty women from days gone by, this book is sectioned into seven parts. First off, we have the warriors. Loaded with tales of death and destruction, we learn how these ladies were the match for the men of their day in both physical prowess and warfare. Though many didn’t start off with that intention, circumstances led them to it. One became a pirate, another a general. One even defended her homeland with her infant son in tow!