I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way. I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.
Happily ever after, this book is definitely not.
An entertaining and educational compilation of stories throughout history of heroic and often scandalous royal women who have made their own path in life despite the fact that they were born a female. Very few stories of these women have positive endings, but I was still drawn in by the fortitude, bravery and determination.
Divided into sections of warriors, usurpers, schemers, survivors, partiers, floozies and madwomen we are introduced to princesses from around the world and throughout history- from the 5th Century to modern day. Many people I have never even heard of were included, which I loved and plan to do more research on; but also some notorious princesses including Anne Boleyn, Lucrezia Borgia and Elizabeth Batheroy are featured.
Some of my favorite excerpts included: Khutulun, a Mongol princess who refused to wed anyone who couldn't beat her at wrestling (and none did), Olga of Kiev who kept slaughtering the armies of men who killed her husband and all the while kept them thinking that she was going to go with the enemy politely and without issue and Gloria of Thurn and Taxis who partied it up with rainbow spiked hair in the 80's, but became a business and politically savvy Princess after her husband died and she realized they were broke.
This book was received for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.