Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Review: ROYAL LOVE STORIES by Gill Paul

This book is a visually stunning compilation of fourteen real love stories of the royals through out Europe. Many of the stories mentioned had tragic ends but not all of them. The book includes sections on: Peter I of Portugal, Ines de Castro, Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal, Catherine the Great, Gregory Potemkin, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte, Josephine de Beauharnais, Ludwig I of Bavaria, Lola Montez, Victor Emmanuel II, Rosa Vercellana, Rudolph Crown Prince of Austria, Baroness Mary Vetsera, Nicholas of Russia, Alexandria, Edward VII, Wallis Simpson, Prince Bertilof of Sweden, Lilian Craig, Prince Rainier III, Grace Kelly, King Hussein of Jordan, Lisa Halaby, Prince William, and Catherine Middleton.

My favorite of the love stories was Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. In a time where rulers had numerous wives, I found their love unique and truly moving. Shah Jahan loved his wife dearly and he literally could not spend a day with out her. She even went to battle with him pregnant and when she died he spent his final years building the Taj Mahal for her mausoleum. His plan was to build one for each of them but his son took over the throne and locked him away before he could start his own mausoleum.

5/5 Visually stunning, this non-fiction work is detailed with pictures and facts about the era of the story mentioned. I picked up this lovely book from Barnes and Noble in the bargain book section for 10$. I absolutely could not pass up this one because Grace Kelly is drop dead gorgeous on the cover. I would highly recommend this book to history lovers across the board because it is visually stimulating and is a great addition to any library.

PG – 13 Rating for mild mentions of sex and violence.

FTC- this novel is from my personal collection.
Amazon Royal Love Stories by Gill Paul

2 comments:

Mystica said...

Sounds a book you'd like to go back to again and again over the years.

Lizzie J said...

I agree it is a beautiful book. Happy reading Mystica

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