Utter nonsense. If you have no clue or education in history it could be entertaining, but the stories are so jumbled I'm not sure how you'd keep up. The use of the word alleged is nowhere to be found in these 'stories,' which would at least let the reader know that SOME of the tidbits could have potentially been true.
That is the one covering her eyes, so she couldn't see what her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren were doing. This has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read, but I have to agree with the other posters-you have to keep careful track of who is who and how are they related to the other nuts, I mean monarchs. Some are easy to remember-George III, easy to remember from the Madness of King George, but some of the others, I had to remind myself of who they were. The stories in the book made me laugh outloud. Besides the constant stream of lovers, whiskey and food, Shaw revealing to the world that Edward VII used to weigh everyone who came to Balmoral put my mind at ease. What also really strikes me, is the fact that Queen Elizabeth II is beloved as a Queen, and generally regarded as a fair and equal ruler, but yet is descended from the Hanover-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha nut farm. It was also funny to hear Shaw's explanation that Diana Spenser, who...
It was a much better book than anticpated. I had no idea what genetic problems the European royals faced. This was our start to this years book club about royality. I feel that this gave a perspective that none of us expected or had perceived existed. And between us all we have read many books about royality. We will read our future choices about our royality and courtiers with a different perspective. Reality sometimes diminishes our images of people in this case it enhances.
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