Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain

Behind the Palace Doors Five Centuries of Sex Adventure Vice Treachery and Folly from Royal Britain Spanning years of British history a revealing look at the secret lives of some great and not so great Britons courtesy of one of the world s most engaging royal historians Beleaguered by scandal

  • Title: Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain
  • Author: Michael Farquhar
  • ISBN: 9780812979046
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great and not so great Britons, courtesy of one of the world s most engaging royal historians Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull Some sacrificSpanning 500 years of British history, a revealing look at the secret lives of some great and not so great Britons, courtesy of one of the world s most engaging royal historians Beleaguered by scandal, betrayed by faithless spouses, bedeviled by ambitious children, the kings and queens of Great Britain have been many things, but they have never been dull Some sacrificed everything for love, while others met a cruel fate at the edge of an axman s blade From the truth behind the supposed madness of King George to Queen Victoria s surprisingly daring taste in sculpture, Behind the Palace Doors ventures beyond the rumors to tell the unvarnished history of Britain s monarchs, highlighting the unique mix of tragedy, comedy, romance, heroism, and incompetence that has made the British throne a seat of such unparalleled fascination Featuring stories covering every monarch, from randy Henry VIII to reserved Elizabeth II historical myths debunked and surprising Did you know anecdotes four family trees spanning every royal house, from the Tudors to the Windsors
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    • Jill Meyer says:

      There's nothing wrong with Michael Farquhar's new book "Behind the Palace Doors" that a tweaking of writing style might not fix. He has carefully chosen British rulers since the Tudors' reigns and presented them from a "personal" angle. The historical facts are true as are the effects of the facts on history, but somehow Farquhar's writing makes the Kings, Queens, and others highlighted in his book seem as if they sprung from the pages of the "Globe" or "The National Enquirer".Now, as a history- [...]

    • Mo says:

      1 ½ starsThe cover leads you believe that this will be a fun, humorous book. Another case of false advertising… IT IS NOT. It is pretty much straight history, and it reads like Cliff’s Notes. I think this book would be rather confusing to the neophyte. It bounces around a bit, and is so very incomplete. Luckily, I have read extensively about English history, and was able to "fill in the gaps" where necessary.I was disappointed to learn nothing new from this book. Not recommended

    • Elisha Condie says:

      This book cracked me up, mostly because it is from my friend who is a royalty FIEND. And I don't mean loving modern royalty and their fashion sense. She loves Henry VIII and all his wives. She's loved them since childhood which I think is just so funny. What would you do if your little girl just wanted to read about British monarchs of the past?She grew up just fine though, and gave me this book. It's pretty entertaining, I must admit. It goes through 500 years of the British monarchy and gives [...]

    • Noah Goats says:

      This is a fairly mediocre tour through random pieces of the private lives of British royalty from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II. It’s a quick and easy bit of popular history.

    • Ann says:

      Totally enjoyable, a work of non-fiction that read like fiction. Great tantalizing gossip - but factual! One of my favorite revelations-- Charles II's six sons had produced 56 illegitimate royal heirs by the time of Charles II's death. Also of interest to me - the background of Edward VIII(?) abdication tho he had never been crowned - and delighted to see recognition of George VI rising to the occasion. A great review of the history I once may have studied and some I read fictional versions of i [...]

    • Jen says:

      I've read many of Michael Farquhar's books. Generally I like them. They are fun little vignettes of history and usually amusing.This wasn't fun or amusing.It was a brief summary of the reigns, not vignettes. If he had taken the time to just find interesting stories about everyone, it would have been a good read. Instead, it was tedious and a waste of time.Now I admit, part of the problem was that I know too much about these kings/queens I had heard it all before. Honestly though, I know a lot of [...]

    • Katie Hutchison Irion says:

      I found this book to be thoroughly entertaining and let's be honest, it just made me feel smarter to say I was reading a non-fiction.This is my type of non-fiction though. It reads like a fiction novel and sometimes I had to remind myself that all this crazy stuff happened. The books talks about the royal families and all the crazy murders, riots, executions, revenge, and really, really bad parents that seem to have worn the crown or wanted to wear the crown. I was fascinated. I mean, this defin [...]

    • Jessica says:

      There were some chapters which were more interesting than others. If you're looking to read about the current monarch, this book won't tickle your fancy. But for what it is- 5 centuries of royal scandals- it's a really fun read. If not for the fact that these were real people, born into the public eye, you'd think it was the script for a juicy soap opera. If you're interested in the history of the monarch, this does include some family trees, which are helpful given all the repeated names (Georg [...]

    • May says:

      What makes this book so great? Hm's got sex, adventure, vice, treachery and folly in the title. What's not to love? No seriously, it's a nice reminder that what you read in the history books is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of these monarchs. Some of it treads upon familiar ground (e.g. the Tudor dynasty) while some were perhaps more surprising as it seemed "new" (e.g. than Hanover dynasty). Chapters on individual monarchs were brief and the sections read more like an extende [...]

    • Michelle says:

      Interesting summary of the monarchy from the more famous times to the present. I assume it's all based on facts that have been verified or it wouldn't be non-fiction. There were some things about the monarchy I really didn't want to know. The book was simplistic in some places and in others the quotes and tidbits of history were compelling. Overall, I enjoyed it, but not as much as I would have hoped.

    • Diana says:

      One of my go to history authors. Farquhar while giving you the basics of behind the various royal houses of Great Britain, also throws out some little known to the general public facts. Things you wouldn't normally know about without getting into some in-depth research. I highly recommend all of his books.

    • Sue says:

      Very nicely written; I finally understood all this stuff. Wonderful little history book, great humor—not too heavy-handed. Good read. Definitely recommend.********I just read this again, and retain the very same opinion as before. Love it: not too much, just enough.If I could rate it again, I would.

    • Brenda Osborne says:

      This book was diappointing. It told me nothing new or fresh (to me anyway). I thought it would be fun, but I was wrong. I don't think you would enjoy this book unless you didn't know anything about The British Monarchy.

    • Sera Trevor says:

      A super-fun pop history book. I enjoy history, but don't have the stamina for the more exhaustive chronicles - this was a perfect light read.

    • Alicia says:

      Another fun listen on my short 10 minute commute.Something about the foibles of historical figures makes the trek over icy roads more enjoyable.

    • Jes says:

      Cleverly written and concisely put together, this book is a must-have for English Monarchy history newbies like myself.

    • Carol says:

      This was an interesting read to follow the English monarchs from Henry Tudor’s defeat of Richard III to end the War of the Roses and begin the Tudor dynasty as Henry VII to Queen Elizabeth II. The monarchy has survived 600+years which is remarkable. They are all related to one another; no country has invaded England, and nothing has broken apart the country. Along the way, there were good kings and bad (the queens were mostly good) and lots of illegitimate children. The sons of King George III [...]

    • Viktoria says:

      Poor research and commonly believed legends over facts makes this historical fiction over history. Some chapters are better then others, but it’s unfortunate that the author didn’t do more digging for real sensations tales rather then trotting out the same old refuted legends, the George and the cherry tree of British history, like Anne boleyn sixth finger. I listen to the overdrive audiobook which had ok voice acting but really highlighted the authors fondness for ctrl-copy rather then rewr [...]

    • Jessica Just says:

      The cover fooled me! When I purchased this book I imagined it would be fluff and not provide much in the way of new information. But I must say I am pleasantly surprised! The author brought the royals to life for me in a sympathetic and understanding way. The book was never boring and unlike some historical biographies, it was easy to keep track of the "characters". I would recommend this book to anyone really, from those who haven't done much research to those who have spent a fair amount of ti [...]

    • Amber says:

      Interesting summary of the Kings and Queens of England since Henry the VIII. Each monarch had their own chapter, which is all I really wanted to know about them, since they were basically all of them depraved, spoiled and repulsively lacking any morals, and more often than not, clinically insane. What a sad history of the very worst sort of people running the show in Merry England.

    • BAM The Bibliomaniac says:

      This book was fine. You know like when someone asks you "how are you?", and you're morning didn't really work out the way you had wanted it to, but it's not really anyone that you would whine to, so you just say, " oh fine"? Yeah, that's this book. Oft repeated stories of dislike, fisticuffs, unfaithful marriages, etc. nothing new to report here.

    • Michael Brennan says:

      Interesting background on UK royals from Tudors thru current times (Windsors). Really enjoyed Victoria, George VI and Elizabeth II. Get sweeping view of interrelationship of royal families throughout Europe. Little did I know that current royals originated from Germany. If you are not familiar with some of the key moments in British history, this could be a bit of a grind. I really enjoyed refreshing my memory and seeing the complete history in 1 book.

    • Liz says:

      So. Many. Beheadings.

    • Cass says:

      Almost gave it a bonus star because it helped me memorize the order of kings and queens.

    • Catherine Wetzel says:

      Enjoyable read. It does contain a lot of historical facts the are corrected. Great for an avid history buff

    • Lindsey says:

      I liked it because it was a compilation of good stories from history. Historical buffs might have an issue with its lack of depth. That being said, the book gave me the entertainment level I wanted. I certainly got inspiration to read more about figures like Churchill and James II.

    • Chris says:

      Behind the Palace Doors was certainly a fun read, but it was also a disappointing one. Michael Farquhar is a plucky writer who takes you on a whirlwind tour of British monarchs and the various crises (not scandals) that have beset them for generations. He keeps up the pace, unlike some otherwise gifted royal historians, and keeps a nice balance between assuming you can keep straight dozens of titles and acting as if you need an explanation as to the role of the royal family. I found his antidote [...]

    • R K says:

      I couldn't put this book down. I finished all 300 pages in one day. If that's not a tip on how good this book is for a nonfiction then I don't know what is.This book tells the entire history of the Royal English Monarch. Starting from Henry VII all the way to Elizabeth II. That's a lot kings/Queens. To be able to give a succinct history without boring the reader is hard but Michael Farquhar was able to do it. The book is so well written that this morning I was able to tell the entire history of [...]

    • Jules says:

      This book briefly chronicles the lives of countless British monarchs. It begins with Henry VIII (the Tudors) and ends with Elizabeth II (the Windsors) and sandwiched between these houses are those of Stuart and Hanover. It is both entertaining and at times moving, for It is no easy thing to be a British ruler, especially during turbulent times. As a king or queen you could be: deposed, thrust into a loveless marriage or even killed. At the same time, vice and treachery seem to be common royal qu [...]

    • Lani says:

      In my current quest to get rid of as many books as possible I finally got to this one. I've read several of the 'scandals of the crown' kinds of books recently and none of them have been great. This one suffers from even less detail than others, though I did appreciate that it focused on ONE monarchy and was (mostly) entirely chronological. I'd read about most of the stories before, but the other books I had read jumped between different countries and I couldn't always keep them straight. And it [...]

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