This book chronicles the lives of sixteen famous and infamous Queens throughout history and around the world to the time of its third printing in 1927.
As I have been reading several historical fiction books that referenced or fictionalized several famous queens, I thought that this book might give me a factual understanding of these queens' lives. Unfortunately, this book (originally copyrighted in 1887) was not what I was looking for. Written with the overly descriptive style of the time period, it is difficult to determine what is fact or fiction, despite this being categorized as a biography. For example, "Every tree in that dark forest seemed to the terrified queen's fancies an armed foe, seeking the life of herself and child. Suddenly, as the moon broke through the obscuring clouds, she perceived a gigantic man advancing towards her. For a moment her heart stood still for very horror, but with the danger came also courage; and filled with a sudden inspiration of sublime action, she advanced with calm majesty to the outlaw . . ." The entire book reads like this, and serves only to confuse the reader rather than enlighten. My only hope is that future editions of this book (I read the 1927 version) did a better job at portraying information than this one did.