With a title like that, reading Sex with Kings* by Eleanor Herman in a public place is sure to raise a few eyebrows. But for anyone who reads as much historical fiction as I do, it's nice to find out some of the history behind the fiction. This book, a look at the history of the Royal (European) Mistress, is nonfiction and well-researched, but written in the juicier style of a fiction page-turner.
It is not, though, without its faults. For example, since this book was arranged by topic rather than chronologically, sometimes the same story was referenced several times, which made the book a bit repetitious. Also, the writing is a bit over the top, even for me. Really, do we need multiple references to the "altar of Hymen"? .
But for those who like their history with a bit of oomph, and want to delve deeper into the history books than Phillipa Gregory and The Other Boleyn Girl allows, I recommend Sex with Kings for a fun read.
Buy Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on Amazon.
* Hmmm...I wonder what kind of hits I'm going to get now on this blog!