Monday, January 27, 2014
Book Review: "Princesses Behaving Badly" by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
I really like the author's voice throughout this book. She clearly has a feminist perspective, but expresses it with this snarky edge that made me chuckle. To give you an little idea of what I'm talking about, the stories are grouped together in the following sections: Warriors, Usurpers, Schemers, Survivors, Partiers, Floozies, and Madwomen. Then between some of the stories are asides that share shorter stories that are building on the same theme.
These stories are great - women who took over for their crazy/stupid/ineffective husbands, women who took the lead in battle, women who pretended to be someone else, women who slept their way around without apology and so many, many more. There are unsung heroes and those that make you shake your head. I don't know if I could pick my favorite story out of the bunch - there are a few warrior and usurper stories that were very inspiring. I also liked learning more about some recognizable names - like Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister Margaret. I also didn't know the story behind Anastasia (or the woman who pretended to be the 'lost' Romanov) which I found kind of amazing that she was able to, you know, do that.
So put this on your list if you are looking for a fun narrative nonfiction account of some very interesting royals throughout time and from all around the world!
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History - Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
285 pages plus a selected bibliography
Source: Publisher for honest review