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Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl who will survive?

Ave Historia: An irreverent look at historical fiction today: books trends, historical tidbits, and random tangents

Sex With Kings

June 12, 2010

Tags: royal mistresses, henri ii, diane de poitiers, louis xiv, princess de soubise, louise de la valliere, madame de montespan, charles ii, louise de kerouaille, henri iv, gabrielle d'estrees, admiral nelson, lady hamilton, henry ii, alais capet, rosamund clifford, edward iii, alice perrers, edward iv, jane shore, anya seton, katherine swynford

So I have to wonder: why all the fascination lately with royal mistresses?

Well, maybe I don't wonder that much. From a historical fiction novelist's standpoint, I can see why fellow HF writers like royal mistresses as characters for novels: they're probably better-looking than a queen or princess who is the process of twenty-five generations of royal inbreeding, and they get better sex than queens or princesses. Also, they get great jewelry. (more…)