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Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
Sex with Kings 500 Years of Adultery Power Rivalry and Revenge
Author: Eleanor Herman
ISBN-13: 9780965918558
ISBN-10: 0965918556
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 287
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 34 ratings
Publisher: HarperCollins
Book Type: Paperback
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17 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 141 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A salacious title but not a naughty read....if you know your world history you will appreciate this book more, but if you don't it is still a good book. A king's mistress led a perilous life. One day she had great power and authority and some mistresses were even the power behind the throne. Just as quickly, she could be sent from court with literally nothing. Genny
reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 51 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
So interesting...a peek into the lives of very influential "other women", the mistresses of kings, who often had more influence than the Queen herself!
GowerMeower avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 179 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A great companion book to "Sex with the Queen". A look into the lives of powerful Kings through history and their mistresses.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fascinated by the topic, I was eager to read this book. Unfortunately, I would like to rewrite it! I appreciate that it is well researched, but the set up of the book was confusing and it was difficult to keep any of the mistresses straight. I think it would have been better to work in a chronological order so at least one could follow things historically. It is still worth reading, but better if you know your history.
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Helpful Score: 1
Sure, there's a lot of names, but you don't have to remember all of them. The stories are what make this book a great read. It's a book you can sit down and pick up again without having to worry about where you left off. I found it to be fun and interesting although my son was embarrassed when I took a book in public with the word "sex" in the title.
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Good book.. a bit unorganized but overall a good read!!
Pattakins avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 365 more book reviews
Wow! History sure didn't teach us this! I found it interesting to read about the mistresses of the world's kings.
rspolitico avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 10 more book reviews
This book focuses on a handful of mistresses and speaks about each one of them throughout their lives. Rather than tell you a lady's entire story from start to finish, the author introduces you to all of the ladies in the first chapter, talks about their looks in another, how they had children in yet another, their rivalries, their husbands and their deaths all in separate chapters. Each woman story is told by topic, so if you can't keep stories, straight, well, flip back some pages!

It's really sad what men and women will do for a chest full of coins. This book tells their stories.

I bought this at Barnes & Noble in Alexandria, VA on a business trip, and I'm nearly finished after reading off and on for about 10 days. It's frankly one of the better books I've read in awhile!
reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 32 more book reviews
This book is about royal mistresses. Even Camilla Parker-Bowles is mentioned. The influence, power, greed and rivalry is interesting. The kings should have suffered more for their adultery.
reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 18 more book reviews
Interesting non-fiction about the mistresses of the kings of Europe and their power, lives, etc.
FamFatale avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 369 more book reviews
A delightful read for a history book. Great citations for the historian.
ShawnMarie avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 78 more book reviews
Interesting by dry reading.
mandi avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 45 more book reviews
Who slept with who, and how that power helped them suceed in life.
Jenny avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 40 more book reviews
well-researched history AND a fun read
MKSbooklady avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 954 more book reviews
A little wordy-interesting photo of the author on the inside back cover.
Erinyes avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 279 more book reviews
He contradicts himself a little which I found aggravating. Despite that, the book is totally fascinating.
deenie1979 avatar reviewed Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge on + 15 more book reviews
didn't read