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Royal murders : hatred, revenge, and the seizing of power
Ashdown, Dulcie M.
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Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton Pub., 1998.
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xvi, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HV6278 .A74 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HV6278 .A74 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A study of the murders of, and by, members of Europe's reigning families which covers a thousand years of history and considers the motives, means and consequences of such crimes.

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Dulcie M. Ashdown is a writer of popular history and historical biography, and a freelance copy-editor of non-fiction

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True-crime buffs and royal watchers will relish these tales of historical intrigue, mayhem, and murder. For centuries, members of the royal families of Europe have been the vulnerable targets of jealous rivals, religious fanatics, political opponents, and madmen. This riveting compendium of homicides examines the motives, the means, and the consequences of some of the most notorious crimes committed both by and against select members of the aristocracy and the monarchy. Beginning in the Middle Ages, Ashdown recounts the often gory details of a host of stabbings, poisonings, beheadings, infanticides, and shootings. In addition, she also analyzes a series of foiled plots and failed assassination attempts. Another fascinating and unorthodox glimpse into the often harrowing lives of the nobility from the author of Royal Paramours, Royal Children, and Royal Weddings. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)075092053XMargaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

List of Platesp. ix
Picture Creditsp. x
A Note on Namesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
1. Sword and Arrowp. 1
2. A Woman's Weaponsp. 19
3. A Family Affairp. 32
4. Scotlandp. 48
5. Murder by Magicp. 60
6. For God's Sakep. 72
7. Killing No Murderp. 93
8. Russiap. 101
9. Marksmen, Madmen and the Infernal Machinep. 118
10. Crowned Killersp. 135
11. Propaganda by Deedp. 143
12. The Assassin's Heydayp. 157
13. The Bullet that Started a Warp. 166
14. A Few Among Manyp. 175
15. Echoes of Bomb and Bulletp. 185
Sources and Further Readingp. 205
Indexp. 213