I recently read this book and found it incredibly interesting. The title is a great description of it's contents. Many of them I had not read about before and all of them were interesting. For example, the Borgia family, was a wealthy family in Rome who advised royalty how deal with political issues mostly involving the Vatican. In fact. through political connections and over time four members of the Borgia family rose in the Catholic church and two become corrupt Popes during the 14th and 15th century.
I also enjoyed the story about King Edward II who was king of England ..... between 1307 and 1327.I knew he was self centered and only interested in entertaining himself much to the disappointment of his father. He died at age 43 the hands of his advisor in a gross and disgustingway To find out exactly, you should read the book.
Another story I enjoyed is about King George III, and the unusual disease that killed him. I originally thought that King George was just crazy after the Revolutionary War but in reality much of his behavior was caused by the
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There are many other interesting chapters but this sample should tweak your interest.
I think the saddest story I heard in this entire book so was a story about what happens to the last czar of Russia and his family. Of course, I knew the general story, but I just did not know how brutal their treatment was. I feel like they should have at least some semblances of a trial, even if the verdict was a given. They could have at least found better marksman to make the deaths as quick and painless as possible, but I think the thing that is me off the most is that the people involved in the execution were sold heartless that they thought nothing of violating certain corpses as well as not giving them a proper radar burial and for that I hope that all the individuals involved in this horrible crime including Rasputin have their own special place in hell. One of the funnier stories in this book is the fact that Napoleon off so much that the priest cut off upon his penis out of spite. This book jumps around in history a lot which is slightly confusing but okay. When you realize how much history is covered out of curiosity to anyone who has read this book. What did you think was the best or worst story?