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Sex with Kings by Eleanor Herman

It is finished.  I extended my lunch break, by just the tiniest bit to get through the last of Sex with Kings.  It's definitely not the book I was hoping for, but it's still a good read.  The book mostly comprises of short chapters on the different bits of life as a royal mistress.  What I was expecting was chapters relating specific tales, but instead Herman takes all the king/mistress relations throughout history and breaks them down by their pieces and lines them up again with similar pieces from other couples.  There's a definitely weight to the book towards the lives and times of the French Monarchs and their mistresses, but no doubt because in this case the French did it better.  They had an official title, the ladies were more beautiful, lasted longer, got paid more, and occassionally caused more problems (or solved) for the country as a whole, than anywhere else in Europe. 

It is based around the European Kings, with a few interjections about other places further to the East, and with the occasionally mention of America in it's early years when mistresses retreated here.  Sadly, despite it's European inclinations there was very few mentions of anything around Henry VIII, and absolutely no mentions of anything in Italy surrounding the Pope.  Although, I suppose technically the Pope isn't and wasn't a King, despite being treated as one and acting like one.  I'm still recommending the book on the whole, if you're interested in these such things.  It's definitely an interesting read, if nothing else, and fairly informative provided you can keep all the women straight.  *grin*

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mellifera
Aug. 16th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
uberreiniger and I were looking at that book in B&N today.
uberreiniger
Aug. 16th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Mel and I were thumbing through that in B&N today and I was like "Oh! This is the book Cherith's reading!" It looks like a fun read so I'll probably be picking it up.

We also went looking for a set of FLCL like you have, but the only place that has it is Suncoast and they only sell the three volumes seperately, which would come to ninety bucks. So that's not happening. E-bay and Amazon, here I come!

Additionaly, I introduced Mel to Foo-Kee today and she has found it good! We were thinking you two might like to join us for lunch there sometime. Let us know the next time you plan to go there if you'd like company.
cherith
Aug. 16th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
Excellent. The FLCL set that I have came from super nifty importer guys at the KC ComiCon. That's not until April of next year. The guys have a website, but sadly won't sell the DVDs on it. :( If you have the capability, you could always burn mine. Or I could just let you borrow it for a bit, if you'd like to watch them all again.

And Foo-Kee is wonderful. Although it's a little wonder that it's still open. I would love to come up and have lunch with you two there sometime. Hopefully soon.
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