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Guinness Book of Royal Blunders/Regan, Geoffre/Paper/0851126715/S054-D1
Which Habsburg emperor retired to a monastery for a quiet life and ended up eating himself to death? Which of Edward VII's sons was accused of being Jack the Ripper? Which medieval French monarch seriously believed that he was made of glass? Which royal prince went on TV to confess to marital infidelity? Which cricket-mad Prince of Wales was an early victim of bodyline bowling? The Guinness book of Royal Blunders present a colourful and varied collection of princely portraits. However, these are not the flattering likenesses of a Holbein or a Van Dyck, but warts-and-all exposes of regal ignominy. From calamitous coronations to farcical funerals, from grand occasions mismanaged to marriages mishandled, the author lays bare the turbulent public and private lives of monarchs as diverse as Ludwig II of Bavaria and Edward VIII. Whether born of wickedness, naivety or plain idiocy, the blunders of royalty past and present make for hilarious and fascinating reading.