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'“Hahn is relentless at explaining, clearly and with colorful detail, exactly how cretinous, hypocritical, raw and scandal-plagued the models of decency are. Every aspect of ‘propriety’ is compromised by history. The frailties of the great are exposed: 1. Helen of Troy—drawn from Homer’s Iliad. 2. Sappho—the lesbian poet universally loved in her day. 3. Cleopatra—courted by Roman assassins. 4. Henry VIII—murdering to marry. 5. Nzinga—warrior queen. 6. Marie Francoise—proxy bride. 7. A Swedish-German clan, the Konigsmarks; trial over the loyalty of a mercenary martyr, murderous affairs of nobility, Sophie Dorothea, wife and mother of kings of England. 8. Chevalier D’Eon, hermaphrodite lawyer blackmailed Louis XV— ‘a devouring passion for intrigue.’ Danger of diplomatic papers. 9. Admiral Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton. 10. Calcutta—women of the colonials, Marian Hastings, Catherine. 11. Sexual misdemeanors, the Bedchamber Plot during Victoria’s first year as Queen. The outcomes are disastrous and wrought. Only four, at most, and only arguably, result in contentment.” —Keylawk, Library Thing reviewer'
Publisher: Open Road Distribution