Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings (Hardcover)

Staff Pick Logo
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings Cover Image
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days

Staff Reviews

Their lives weren’t fairy tales. Their morals weren’t perfect. Some were desperate or abused. Others were ingenious and brave. A few were just plain crazy. But they were all real. Princesses Behaving Badly doesn’t seek to demonize or glorify the lives of these women. Good or bad, happy or sad, these vignettes show the humanity behind society’s most romanticized symbol. — From Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie


You think you know her story. You've read the Brothers Grimm, you've watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn't always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power--and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood while Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers true tales of all these princesses and dozens more in a fascinating read that's perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story.

About the Author

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie has written for the Boston Herald, Christian Science Monitor, CNN Money, US News & World Report, and Mental Floss. She lives in London with her husband, son, and cat. Douglas Smith is an award-winning illustrator. He is perhaps best known for illustrating Gregory Maguire's Wicked novels.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594746444
ISBN-10: 1594746443
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013
Pages: 303
Language: English