A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors by Michael Farquhar


A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors, Michael Farquhar, 2001

My favorite quote: “The rigid, repressed [Queen] Victoria was never a particularly cozy mum, candidly acknowledging early on that she derived ‘no especial pleasure or compensation’ from her large brood of children. Even when they were babies, Victoria regarded them as distasteful little creatures. ‘I have no tendre for them,’ she once remarked, ‘til they have become a little human; an ugly baby is a very nasty object … and the prettiest is frightful when undressed … as long as they have their big body and little limbs and that terrible frog-like action.’”

Notable characters: Napoleon Bonaparte, Nero, Marie Antionette, Caligula, Tiberius Caesar … and so many more … 

Most memorable scene: I always go back to the Russian marriage that was consummated on a bed of ice 

Greatest strengths: It’s tabloid-like ability to suck you into its tawdry snare … 

Standout achievements: Well, it certainly isn’t your typical dry, boring history lesson

Fun Facts: The author, Michael Farquhar is a former writer and editor at The Washington Post and has several other books along the lines of Royal Scandals, including A Treasury of Great American Scandals, Behind the Palace Doors, and Secret Lives of the Tsars

Other media: N/A

What it taught me about writing: I’m not sure what it taught me about writing, but I was surprised to learn how inbred the royals were … 

How it inspired my own work: The death of one of the “Exterminators” in my novel, The Black Wasp, was inspired by the assassination of Mary, Queen of Scots, as described in this book

Additional thoughts: You’ll laugh, you’ll gasp, you’ll be glad we’ve evolved as a society … or have we?  

My rating: 4 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

4 thoughts on “A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors by Michael Farquhar

  1. Wasn’t the marriage that was consummated on a bed of ice staged by Catherine the Great? Now SHE was a piece of work!

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