Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this glittering tale of passion and politics chronicles five hundred years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them.
Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman's Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this glittering tale of passion and politics chronicles five hundred years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them. Curiously, the main function of a royal mistress was not to provide the king with sex but with companionship. Forced to marry repulsive foreign princesses, kings sought solace with women of their own choice. And what women they were! From Madame de Pompadour, the famous mistress of Louis XV, who kept her position for nineteen years despite her frigidity, to modern-day Camilla Parker-Bowles, who usurped none other than the glamorous Diana, Princess of Wales. The successful royal mistress made herself irreplaceable. She was ready to converse gaily with him when she was tired, make love until all hours when she was ill, and cater to his every whim. Wearing a mask of beaming delight over any and all discomforts, she was never to be exhausted, complaining, or grief-stricken. True, financial rewards for services rendered were of royal proportions -- some royal mistresses earned up to $200 million in titles, pensions, jewels, and palaces. Some kings allowed their mistresses to exercise unlimited political power. But for all its grandeur, a royal court was a scorpion's nest of insatiable greed, unquenchable lust, and vicious ambition. Hundreds of beautiful women vied to unseat the royal mistress. Many would suffer the slings and arrows of negative public opinion, some met with tragic ends and were pensioned off to make room for younger women. But the royal mistress often had the last laugh, as she lived well and richly off the fruits of her "sins." From the dawn of time, power has been a mighty aphrodisiac. With diaries, personal letters, and diplomatic dispatches, Eleanor Herman's trailblazing research reveals the dynamics of sex and power, rivalry and revenge, at the most brilliant courts of Europe. Wickedly witty and endlessly entertaining, Sex with Kings is a chapter of women's history that has remained unwritten -- until now.
In this follow-up to her bestselling Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what goes on behind the closed door of a queen's boudoir.
Author: Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harper Collins
In this follow-up to her bestselling Sex with Kings, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what goes on behind the closed door of a queen's boudoir. Impeccably researched, filled with page-turning romance, passion, and scandal, Sex with the Queen explores the scintillating sexual lives of some of our most beloved and infamous female rulers. She was the queen, living in an opulent palace, wearing lavish gowns and dazzling jewels. She was envied, admired, and revered. She was also miserable, having been forced to marry a foreign prince sight unseen, a royal ogre who was sadistic, foaming at the mouth, physically repulsive, mentally incompetent, or sexually impotent—and in some cases all of the above. How did queens find happiness? In courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—many royal women had love affairs. Anne Boleyn flirted with courtiers; Catherine Howard slept with one. Henry VIII had both of them beheaded. Catherine the Great had her idiot husband murdered, and ruled the Russian empire with a long list of sexy young favorites. Marie Antoinette fell in love with the handsome Swedish count Axel Fersen, who tried valiantly to rescue her from the guillotine. Empress Alexandra of Russia found emotional solace in the mad monk Rasputin. Her behavior was the spark that set off the firestorm of the Russian revolution. Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to enjoy countless love affairs, which tragically led to her early death. When a queen became sick to death of her husband and took a lover, anything could happen—from disgrace and death to political victory. Some kings imprisoned erring wives for life; other monarchs obligingly named the queen's lover prime minister. The crucial factor deciding the fate of an unfaithful queen was the love affair's implications in terms of power, money, and factional rivalry. At European courts, it was the politics—not the sex—that caused a royal woman's tragedy—or her ultimate triumph.
the Kings were going to lick their wounds and continue, concluding with the
following conciliatory message: 'It was theUKthat made us feel like we could take
on theworld. In the process we may havelost a few fans, but we've got the best ...
Author: Michael Heatley
Publisher: Titan Books
By any standards, Kings of Leon are unique. Consisting of three brothers and their first cousin, all surnamed Followill, the quartet from Tennessee have conquered the music world on their own terms. They have audaciously mixed elements of classic rock with grunge, garage and a very contemporary attitude. The result is music that has found a global audience, drawn from all ages. Along the way, the band have earned the respect of Bob Dylan, U2, and other A-list celebrities. Their hard-partying lifestyle and glamorous girlfriends ensure that the band remains a favourite with the media. This book traces the rise of Kings of Leon from local hopefuls to Grammy-winning chart-toppers. A religious background that kept them well away from rock music until 1997 has further added to the mystique surrounding the Kings, as Michael Heatley recounts in this first-ever full-length, authoritative biography of the band
However, there is the moral and Biblical use of sex, and that is that sex must be
within marriage. Do you know that some people are ... Reuben who was the first
son of Jacob lost his first place because of sexual immorality (Gen. 49:3-4). King
A King will only have sex with his Bottom Bitch as the code dictates (see Why
Daddy chapter?). The Pimp is the Father-Figure, the Bottom Bitch is the Mother-
Figure and the Prostitutes are the Daughter-Figures. If your Stable is not set-up in
He's an average-looking guy—well below average, really—who managed to live
the everyman dream of having sex with thousands of the most beautiful women in
the world, making a storied career out of a leisure pursuit. It isn't hard to see ...
Author: Daniel Barbarisi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“Hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the characters, compulsions, and chaos inside the fantasy sports gold rush.” –Jason Gay, author of Little Victories As Bringing Down the House did for card counters and Positively Fifth Street did for poker players, Daniel Barbarisi does for Daily Fantasy Sports fans in this leap down the rabbit hole of America’s latest obsession. Daniel Barbarisi quits his job as the New York Yankees beat writer for The Wall Street Journal and begins a quest: to join the top one percent of Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”) players, the so-called “sharks,” and figure out whether DFS is on the level—while maybe cashing in along the way. DFS is fantasy sports on steroids. It’s the domain of bitter rivals FanDuel and DraftKings, online juggernauts who turned a legal loophole into a billion-dollar industry by allowing sports fans bet piles of cash constructing fantasy teams. Yet as Barbarisi quickly realized, what should have been a fun companion to casual sports viewing was instead a ferocious environment infested with sharks, a top tier of pros wielding complex algorithms, drafting hundreds of lineups, and wagering six figures daily as they bludgeon unsuspecting amateur “fish.” Barbarisi embeds himself inside the world of DFS, befriending and joining its rogue’s gallery as he tries to beat them at their own game. In a work equal parts adventure and rigorously reported investigation, Barbarisi wades into this chaotic industry at the very moment its existence is threatened by lawmakers sick of its Wild West atmosphere and pushy advertising. All their money made FanDuel and DraftKings seem invincible; but, as Barbarisi reports, they made plenty of dubious—perhaps even scandalous—moves as they vied for market supremacy. In Dueling with Kings, Barbarisi uncovers the tumultuous inside story of DFS, all while capturing its peculiar cast of characters, from wide-eyed newly minted millionaires, to sun-starved math geeks, to bros living an endless frat party of keggers and Playboy Bunnies. Can he outwit them all and make it to the top?
Not only did he have sex with, and murder his own mother, he also enjoyed
mutilating thousands of innocent Christians. He made a public display of their
torture, innovating gruesome ways to kill them and entertain the masses. Tacitus
Author: Justin Theng
Publisher: ALSOF Publishing
Throughout the rich tapestry of history - woven of people and events, battles and treaties, scientific discovery and artistic expression – certain names stand out far above their contemporaries. These are men whose lives were lived on a grand scale and who remain inspiring to this very day – beacons still after the passing of centuries to show both the greatness and the folly of mankind. They were men raised up for a specific purpose and our history was forever changed for their passing. Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.” Living with Kings travels the span of history to touch on the lives of such giants and to show the ramifications of their choices and actions on their earthly kingdoms. It paints each king’s life as a momentary glimpse of a facet of the King of Kings – Jesus, and shows how He is the one who ultimately weaves the rich tapestry of human history as we know it. When we know the King, we better understand who we are, as children of the King.
Katerina, on a mission to kill the queen, falls in love with Alexander, Prince of Macedonia.
Author: Eleanor Herman
Katerina, on a mission to kill the queen, falls in love with Alexander, Prince of Macedonia. Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander's unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
That the disturbance of the enjoyment of sex was felt as especially inhuman can
be easily understood . King Kalmāshapāda ( “ Pied Foot " ) , who had had the
curse of man - eating laid on him , comes upon a Brahman and his wife in the
has pointed out, such perverse views reflect an underlying belief that blacks are
really beasts and that sex itself is essentially bestial.37 Many others in the
Bureau shared Sullivan's obsession with King's private conduct, but for
Author: David J. Garrow
Publisher: Open Road Media
The author of Bearing the Cross, the Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Martin Luther King Jr., exposes the government’s massive surveillance campaign against the civil rights leader When US attorney general Robert F. Kennedy authorized a wiretap of Martin Luther King Jr.’s phones by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he set in motion one of the most invasive surveillance operations in American history. Sparked by informant reports of King’s alleged involvement with communists, the FBI amassed a trove of information on the civil rights leader. Their findings failed to turn up any evidence of communist influence, but they did expose sensitive aspects of King’s personal life that the FBI went on to use in its attempts to mar his public image. Based on meticulous research into the agency’s surveillance records, historian David Garrow illustrates how the FBI followed King’s movements throughout the country, bugging his hotel rooms and tapping his phones wherever he went, in an obsessive quest to destroy his growing influence. Garrow uncovers the voyeurism and racism within J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI while unmasking Hoover’s personal desire to destroy King. The spying only intensified once King publicly denounced the Vietnam War, and the FBI continued to surveil him until his death. The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr. clearly demonstrates an unprecedented abuse of power by the FBI and the government as a whole.
For instance, like other Baptist ministers of his age, King publicly claimed that sex
should be reserved for married heterosexual couples. And yet reliable evidence
indicates that he engaged in extramarital sex with single and married women.7 ...
Author: Michael G. Long
Martin Luther King, Jr., was not an advocate of homosexual rights, nor was he an enemy; however both sides of the debate have used his words in their arguments, including his widow, in support of gay rights, and his daughter, in rejection. This fascinating situation poses the problem that Michael G. Long seeks to address and resolve.
“Except when he let you think he loved you the night he made love to you.” No,
he didn't make love to you, she corrected herself. He had sex with you. That's all.
Lovemaking on your part, yes. But just sex for him. Fantastic sex, maybe, but sex
Author: Amelia Autin
Reunion with the king turns forbidden…and dangerous Internationally renowned actress Juliana Richardson should be concentrating on the role of a lifetime, not on the man who broke her heart years earlier. Yet King Andre Alexei IV is no longer a young prince-in-training—he's an undeniably sexy monarch with seduction on his mind. Juliana's heart is at risk, but after a series of deadly coincidences, it becomes clear her life is on the line, too. Andre vows to protect the stubborn star even as she pushes him away. But as the threat to Juliana's life grows more intense, Andre must choose between saving the vulnerable beauty or letting her go forever…
vs. Hurricane. Katrina. Idleness and pride tax with heavier hand than kings and
parliaments. Benjamin Franklin Examine Senator David Vitter's waste of tax
payers money to buy sex as the State of Louisiana suffered from Hurricane
So she says, “So even someone who is being paid to have sex with you—you're
fine with that.” And I'm like, “Why not? She's getting paid good money.” She says,
“So even if this woman's pimp forces her to either suck your dick or get the crap ...
Author: Susan Nussbaum
Publisher: Algonquin Books
This PEN/Bellwether Prize–winning novel set in a state-run facility for disabled teenagers is “saucy, brutally funny, gritty, profane, poignant and real” (The Kansas City Star). Playwright and activist Susan Nussbaum’s powerful debut novel invites us into the lives of a group of typical teenagers—alienated, funny, yearning for autonomy—except that they live in an institution for juveniles with disabilities. This unfamiliar, isolated landscape is much the same as the world outside: friendships are forged, trust is built, love affairs are kindled, and rules are broken. But those who call it home have little or no control over their fate. Good Kings Bad Kings challenges our definitions of what it means to be disabled in a story told with remarkable authenticity and in voices that resound with humor and spirit. “This is fiction at its best . . . Simply and breathtakingly honest . . . A stunning accomplishment.” —Barbara Kingsolver “Nussbaum’s dramatist skills translate powerfully into fiction as she gives voices to an infatuating cast of characters . . . This is unquestionably an authentic, galvanizing, and righteous novel.” —Booklist (starred review)
3So they looked for a beautiful girl in all the territory of Israel and found Abishag
the Shunammite and brought her to the king. 4The girl was very beautiful. She
became the king's caregiver and ministered to him, but the king did not have sex
Author: John Goldingay
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This seventh volume in the popular Old Testament for Everyone series tells the story of Israel when it was a monarchy, from the accession of Solomon to the exile.
Sex with such demons has its risks, as Roland is all too aware. As the novel
progresses we find that Susannah is pregnant, but that the baby's father is not
Eddie but this demon, whose engorged sex is compared to a giant icicle. In
retrospect, it ...
Author: Robin Furth
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Literary Criticism
The Dark Tower is now a major motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba The Dark Tower series is the backbone of Stephen King's legendary career. Eight books and more than three thousand pages make up this bestselling fantasy epic. The Complete Concordance is an entertaining and incredibly useful guide to Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series, covering books I-VII and The Wind Through the Keyhole, and is the definitive encyclopedic reference book that provides readers with everything they need to navigate their way through the series. With hundreds of characters, Mid-World geography, High Speech lexicon, and extensive cross-references, this comprehensive handbook is essential for any Dark Tower fan. Includes: -Characters and Genealogies -Magical Objects and Forces -Mid-World and Our World Places -Portals and Magical Places -Mid-, End-, and Our World Maps -Timeline for the Dark Tower Series -Mid-World Dialects -Mid-World Rhymes, Songs, and Prayers -Political and Cultural References -References to Stephen King’s Own Work
l \'l I OF l)l-IN KIA ltli (C. 171515-1808) '|'his king indulged in violent wrecking
sprees around his palace. often beating his ... Little was known of the king's
mental condition outside royal circles; even when the full story broke years later,
Author: Karl Shaw
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
All in perfectly bad taste Prepare to be amazed, appalled, disgusted, and hugely entertained by this compendium of indelicate oddities. Nothing is too inane, too insane, too bizarre, or too distasteful for this incredible, seemingly impossible, but absolutely true collection of facts from across the ages and around the world. Did you know… …that Pope Benedict XII was such a hardened boozer that he inspired the expression “drunk as a pope”? (From “10 Historic Drunks”) …that as a special honeymoon treat, Prince Charles read Princess Diana passages from the works of Carl Jung and Laurens van der Post? (From “History’s 10 Least Romantic Honeymoons”) …that the best-dressed gentlemen in medieval England exposed their genitals below a short-fitting tunic? (From “History’s 10 Greatest Fashion Mistakes”) …that Alfred Hitchcock suffered from ovophobia—fear of eggs? (From “10 Phobias of the Famous”) …that King Louis XIV only took three baths in his lifetime, each of them under protest? (From “10 Great Unwashed”) …that in 1930, Sears customers became enraged when the catalog was first printed on glossy, non-absorbent paper? (From “12 Magical Moments in Toilet Paper History”)
The picture of God with his group of spirits mirrors the decision making process of
ancient kings and is similar to the way the parts of our human brains collaborate
in coming to a decision to act. The way parliaments make decisions is similar.
Author: James H, Gailey
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
An examination of the Hebrew Scriptures reveals the ethical situations in ancient Israel as a structural analysis, and exposes a covenantal triangle that features a dynamic of giving and receiving, taking and paying penalties, as a meme for human relationships. This can be applied to groups as well as individuals and is surprisingly applicable to life in the twenty-first century. Two senses of Law--natural scientific discoveries and the rules laid down by a divine creator--lead to frames for considering these covenantal relationships, and even the existence of Sin. Are we bound to obey the rules laid down by God, or may we decide what is best for us?
Rome, centuries after the real kings had been banished, their priestly duties
continued to be performed by the nominal King of the Sacred Rites, the shadow
or ghost of a royalty that was dead. There is some ground for thinking that the
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This 1929 five-volume edition of Ovid's unfinished Fasti offers text, English translation and a detailed commentary, with illustrations.
“Later, even after they started dating. . .and having sex. . .Gilbert went to col—
lege. All he had to do was ask Sara to marry him, and she would have revealed
everything to him. But instead, Gilbert was content to go to college. . .because he
Author: Michael Greene
Her true love went to the other side of the galaxy... and then she had to rescue him. Hanna Wise, an average college girl to everyone else, has a dark past closely guarded in secrets. Nothing seems to be going right for Hanna, until she sees her true love... a moment she knows has been blessed by Fate. Her true love's name is Gilbert. But as bright as her love at first sight seems, winning Gilbert's heart will take her to the other side of the galaxy, where nothing is sacred. Nothing makes sense, and bits and pieces of a mystery come together as if Hanna is in a dream... almost clear, yet the truth is so far away, and keeps changing. The only thing keeping her going is her love for Gilbert. But if she isn't careful of everything happening around her, then her love for Gilbert will get her killed. Smashing Kings is the second book in the Smashing Doves Trilogy. For more information on this series or other books by Michael W. Greene, visit www.michaelwgreene.com.