In short chapters author Linda Rodriguez McRobbie presents summary versions of the lives of women from various time periods and nations, who have acquired the the rank of “princess” (or similar) through birth or marriage. All of these women had eccentricities that set them apart from the “pink and pretty” stereotype of princesses marketed by Disney and the “Princess Industrial Complex”. Some were murderers (like the vengeful, but later sainted, Olga of Kiev), some were party girls (such as Stephanie, a half-Jewish “honorary Aryan” and favorite of Hilter’s), and still others were fakes (like Franziska, the factory worker who spent most of her life trying to convince the world she was really Grand Duchess Anastasia).
Princesses Behaving Badly takes a superficial approach to history, but even long-time royal watchers may find some new stories here. If you like bite-size bits of history, with an emphasis on outrageous behavior and scandal, you will enjoy this book. Find it in our catalog here.