||"The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most rotten of apples: ber-violent autocrats Vlad the Impaler and Ivan the Terrible literally reigned in blood. Lettice Knollys strove to mimic the appearance of her cousin Elizabeth I and even stole her man. And Pauline Bonaparte scandalized her brother Napoleon by having a golden goblet fashioned in the shape of her breast. Chock-full of shocking scenes, titillating tales, and wildly wicked nobles, "Royal Pains" is a rollicking compendium of the most infamous, capricious, and insatiable bluebloods of Europe"--Publisher's description.
||King John, 1166 or 1167-1216 -- Vlad III of Wallachia ("Vlad the Impaler"), 1431-1476 -- George, Duke of Clarence, 1449-1478, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III, 1452-1485 -- Ivan IV ("Ivan the Terrible"), 1530-1584 -- Lettice Knollys, 1543-1634 -- Erzébet (Elizabeth) Báthory ("The Blood Countess"), 1560-1614 -- Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn, 1745-1790 -- Pauline Bonaparte, 1780-1825 -- Archduke Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, 1858-1889 -- Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, 1864-1892 -- Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, 1930-2002.