Princesses Behaving Badly

Princesses Behaving Badly

Real Stories From History-- Without the Fairy-tale Endings

Book - 2013
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Offers information on historical princesses whose lives were devoid of fairy-tale magic, including the stories of Nazi spy Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe, mass murderess Princess Olga of Kiev, and warrior mom Princess Rani Lakshmibai.
Publisher: Philadelphia :, Quirk Books,, [2013]
ISBN: 9781594746444
Branch Call Number: 920.92 MCROBBIE
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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SaraLovesBooks Jan 26, 2017

I genuinely enjoy this book. It's a lot of stories and snapshots of real women's lives throughout history...and a few legendary/mythological women as well. However, the point of the book is to show why princesses shouldn't be pigeon-holed into one state of being, and how dangerous it can be to real women to force them down that path. The tone of the stories are engaging and funny, though some of the women had incredibly sad lives.

The one thing that knocked a star off for me was the introduction. The author takes condescending pot-shots at princesses, especially at the Disney princess line. In that, she's not taking her own advice. So many people have trapped all princesses as being the same thing: demure damsels-in-distress...and most of the Disney princesses are no such thing. To be honest, I wondered if she had even seen a Disney movie to make those sort of assumptions about them. I do like the idea of writing a book about real life princesses, to show why such assumptions are bad and potentially harmful. I just wish she had taken her own advice.

Aug 06, 2015

The chatty thumb-nail sketches are written at the Middle-School Valley-Girl level. However, it has genuine annotations and a terrific references cited section. This author behaved responsibly!!

May 14, 2015

This book contains a series of vignettes of different "princesses" (varying degrees of authenticity included) grouped by "type" (floozies, crazies, etc). I cannot say how well researched each vignette is, but the overall point of the book is that princesses are very often not "Disney"-esque. It achieves that purpose well.


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Aug 06, 2015

adoryall thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 20


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