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In royal courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, queen courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness? In this impeccably researched, scandalously readable follow-up to her Queen York Times bestseller Sex with KingsEleanor Herman reveals the sex about what has historically gone on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir.

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No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I don't know about you, but when I was a little girl, I wanted to be a princess when I grew up. There was the influence of Disney, but there was also the influence of Prince William this was obviously before he grew up and started to look a lot more like his dad. From what you see on the outside, as a young girl, being a princess looks wonderful.

You're rich, famous, and you get to wear a tiara. As a 13 year-old, I was pretty sure I'd found my future. As it turns out, not so much. Also as it turns out, being royalty kind of sucks. There's plenty of speculation that Prince Harry's trouble in finding a steady girlfriend is at least in some measure the pressure of becoming a member of the royal family. As an adult, the idea of trading living under a microscope, with public interest in your private life extending not just to juicy stories, but to snooping on your phone and long-lens photography hoping to catch you taking off your top to tan more evenly, is a devil's bargain for getting to wear some pretty queen once in a while.

But as much as there are significant downsides to being royalty today, it used to be much worse, especially for women. Author Eleanor Herman details the very real drawbacks being a princess or a queen. Royal women weren't people, they were bargaining chips in international diplomacy. They were married off to queen and kings who were old and fat, sex were impotent, who were gay.

They were expected to tolerate their husband's infidelity sex doing anything that would cast doubt on the true parentage of their children. Those children were frequently unceremoniously confiscated from them and raised according to the wishes of others. Their lush castles were drafty and dirty, and their expensive physicians were as likely to kill them as help them. Sex access to funding was usually controlled by other people and so they were slaves to the whims of those who held the purse strings.

They were often deprived of the company of those to whom they could speak their native languages Some princesses and queens, though, didn't follow the rules. They took lovers at great risk to themselves It is those women and their men who Herman's Sex sex the Queen is about. After detailing how awful it actually was and still is, on a certain level to be a princess, Herman moves into the good stuff: dishy gossip. From the Tudor queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard all the way to Princess Diana it's not just English queens, there sex stories from all over Europewe're regaled with tales of forbidden passion and courtly intrigue.

There's not a lot of substance here, it's mostly well-written soap opera, but it's fun and frothy and easy to read.

This is history that you never learned in school. Not particularly titillating but quite an eye opener about goings on in the palaces of Europe and Russia. Imagine being set up to marry someone you dont know or actively come to dislike. What if he were a drooling idiot or gay or just not your cup of tea. Then ponder being stuck with that person, expected to have lots of sex, not allowed friends or even people that speak your language around you and having many at queen hate you.

Welcome to life at court, jewels or not. You might get away with affairs but you could also lose your head. Some succulent stories in this book with all the details. A bit repetitious at times but it certainly gives one pause at envying the idle rich queen rulers in times past.

One person found this helpful. I love this book. Even though i was familiar with most of the Queens discussed, I definitely learned new information. The author is a very good writer, lyrical, interesting, detailed and witty, without being vulgar or crass, which is rare for the subject matter.

I liked the way the writer linked certain details and the way she connected seemingly unconnected events. I enjoyed the first book of this series, Sex with Kings, and I highly recommend it, but I think Sex with the Queen was a better-written book.

Anyone that wants to learn more about European Kings, Queens and the people who loved them should read this series. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about some lesser-known queens in history. The book is a quick and easy read with a lot of detailed information about certain rulers. I enjoyed that there were facts notated throughout the book and that while rumors were discussed, her stories were kept mainly fact-based.

I definitely queen this for a beach read! I read the reviews thinking this would be awesome. It was not as good as expected. Admittedly it is something I would have never picked out without the reviews. It is interesting in sex sense it gives you an idea how queens were treated throughout the centuries and it ends with Princess Diana.

I never read the Sex with the kings so this is a brand new thing for me. Seemed many enjoyed it. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other sex. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Sex with the Queen by Eleanor Herman. In royal courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness?

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 In royal courts bristling with testosterone—swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals—how did repressed regal ladies find happiness?

Catherine sex 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.

Princess Diana gave up her palace bodyguard to enjoy countless love affairs, which tragically led to her early death. In this impeccably researched, scandalously readable follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Sex with KingsEleanor Herman reveals the truth about what has historically gone on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir.

Get A Copy. Hardcoverpages. Published April 11th by William Morrow first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign queen. To ask other readers questions about Sex with the Queenplease sign up. Is the format of this book similar to her previous book Sex With Kings?

I was not fond of the way it was categorized into subjects rather than following a complete picture of a king with his assorted queens and mistresses. Jennifer I have not read the first book, but this book after several introductory chapters is than broken down into one queen per a section or chapter.

See 2 questions about Sex with the Queen…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 08, Caroline rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fictiontwo-starwell-that-went-downhillreadwomens-history. I hemmed and hawed over Eleanor Herman's "Sex with Kings", mainly because I really couldn't say much about historical accuracy without doing a ton of research. Or so I thought.

Simply googling one of the queens featured in "Sex with the Queen" proved my suspicions of Herman's shoddy research and fact-bending correct. Then I looked at her bibliography, a detail I forgot in my last review, and The two stars here are, again, for Herman's nice prose and good selection.

I definitely want to I hemmed and hawed over Eleanor Herman's "Sex with Kings", mainly because I really couldn't say much about historical accuracy without doing a ton of research. I definitely want to write down the names of the some of the more obscure women featured and research them further.

Because I sure as hell don't trust Herman's word. I already knew that Herman works around facts to get the juiciest story possible. She certainly did that in "Sex with Kings", making the sex maligned Athenais de Montespan look far worse than she actually was. So I wasn't too surprised when I saw Anne Boleyn featured here, though Herman at least had the decency to mention that the queen was innocent.

She did go on to give a portrayal of sex vicious cold-hearted flirt who was mean to the man queen "moved heaven and earth for her". He also kind of wanted any woman who could give him a son.

Anne was simply smart enough and lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, with all the right moves. He probably would have dumped Catherine of Aragon for a foreign princess if Anne hadn't shown up, but oh, Eleanor Herman doesn't miss a chance to dump on not so cute and cuddly women.

I'm not even going to touch what she did with Princess Diana. I raised an eyebrow at Herman's portrayal of Anne's social circle as a group of gay men, including her brother. She basically vomited up everything Retha Warnicke has said about Anne Boleyn.

Warnicke has, of course, been criticized by nearly every Tudor scholar worth his or her salt and in particular Anne's definitive biographer, the later Eric Ives, who was, of course, barely cited here. She also chose to somehow state that Marie Antoinette and Count Axel von Fersen had a physical affair though there's nothing to support that??? I mean, it could have happened--but the only thing we know of is an emotionally intimate attachment between the pair. And Marie was hardly repulsed by her husband, as they were good friends.

Also, Herman makes this great leap of assuming some random documents were love letters between Marie and Fersen and The son Fersen apparently sired on Marie was actually noted to resemble the Bourbons, and I think Fraser promptly discounted any possibility of Fersen being the father due to dates not lining up.

Amusingly enough, Flora Fraser, Antonia's daughter, is noted in Herman's bibliography. Then Herman goes on to completely massacre the marriage of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov, which was actually one of the happiest in royal history. I actually kind of laughed to read about Alexandra dominating Nicholas, when in fact they had a very Victorian marriage--husband in charge, wife in a supporting role.

The idea that she had an affair with Sex has no basis beyond rumor and is actively offensive to her memory. The above mentioned issues were my main problems. But then she got all these small details wrong: mentioning that Eleanor of Aquitaine who Herman touts as her ancestress had one daughter by sex first husband when in fact she had two, for instance.

I mean, it doesn't take much to correct mistakes like that. No effort beyond looking for interesting women. No effort, a queen of judgment, and a TON of misogyny. Whatever, Eleanor Herman. View all 6 comments. May 08, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: women-writershistory-general.

The Duchess found herself made to Cosimo de Medici in She didn't like him; it's easy to understand way. He was that Cosimo de Medici after all. They both had affairs. After the death of her father-in-law, Marguerite demanded to be allowed back to France where she could have fun. She finally was, and then put into a convent.

She went out and partied anyway. The king got a new prioress who said no, no. Marguerite queen yeah, right, burned down the convent and chased the priorness around the blaze, incidentially while wielding an axe and a gun to get her point across.

Herman's book will give you few other women like Marguerite, though some women were quite smart. Queen one Queen manipulated her husband simply by pulling those long white gloves off her arms. Some of the tales queen tragic, in particularly the story of Caroline Matlida of Denmark, whose prison you can actually visit. All in all, an enjoyable, funny read. View 2 comments. Author Eleanor Herman is clearly skilled and starts with a strong, clear look at life as a European princess and with the understanding that such a life was hardly a rose garden for most of the women involved.

After carefully providing the reader with a close and deeply fascinating look at daily royal life throughout Europe, she then works her way through the centuries with each chapter, bringing queen delightful tales of the women who dared to find comfort and sex outside of marriage. What I love most about "Sex with the Queen" is how wonderfully well-written the book is. The material is scholarly and I greatly appreciate the fact that the author has tried to present as much fact and as little fiction as possible.

Unlike other historical works that rely more heavily on titillation and lack of context like the fun but very gossipy "A Treasury of Royal Scandals""Sex with the Queen" presents context and clarification for all the material presented herein. The result is a surprisingly sex work that is still written in a deeply conversational tone - easy to follow and a delight queen read.

So much of the information presented here will almost certainly be new and interesting to the casual reader. The obvious heavy sex are here, such as Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette, but many of the stories here are sex relatively obscure or otherwise unknown princesses and queens, and it's amazing to see their stories come to queen on the page.

The prose is clear and precise as are the translated love letters!

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I actually kind of laughed to read about Alexandra dominating Nicholas, when in fact they had a very Victorian marriage--husband in charge, wife in a supporting role. The idea that she had an affair with Rasputin has no basis beyond rumor and is actively offensive to her memory. The above mentioned issues were my main problems. But then she got all these small details wrong: mentioning that Eleanor of Aquitaine who Herman touts as her ancestress had one daughter by her first husband when in fact she had two, for instance.

I mean, it doesn't take much to correct mistakes like that. No effort beyond looking for interesting women. No effort, a lot of judgment, and a TON of misogyny. Whatever, Eleanor Herman. View all 6 comments. May 08, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: women-writers , history-general. The Duchess found herself made to Cosimo de Medici in She didn't like him; it's easy to understand way.

He was that Cosimo de Medici after all. They both had affairs. After the death of her father-in-law, Marguerite demanded to be allowed back to France where she could have fun. She finally was, and then put into a convent. She went out and partied anyway. The king got a new prioress who said no, no. Marguerite said yeah, right, burned down the convent and chased the priorness around the blaze, incidentially while wielding an axe and a gun to get her point across. Herman's book will give you few other women like Marguerite, though some women were quite smart.

Apparently one Queen manipulated her husband simply by pulling those long white gloves off her arms. Some of the tales are tragic, in particularly the story of Caroline Matlida of Denmark, whose prison you can actually visit.

All in all, an enjoyable, funny read. View 2 comments. Author Eleanor Herman is clearly skilled and starts with a strong, clear look at life as a European princess and with the understanding that such a life was hardly a rose garden for most of the women involved.

After carefully providing the reader with a close and deeply fascinating look at daily royal life throughout Europe, she then works her way through the centuries with each chapter, bringing us delightful tales of the women who dared to find comfort and sex outside of marriage. What I love most about "Sex with the Queen" is how wonderfully well-written the book is. The material is scholarly and I greatly appreciate the fact that the author has tried to present as much fact and as little fiction as possible.

Unlike other historical works that rely more heavily on titillation and lack of context like the fun but very gossipy "A Treasury of Royal Scandals" , "Sex with the Queen" presents context and clarification for all the material presented herein.

The result is a surprisingly scholarly work that is still written in a deeply conversational tone - easy to follow and a delight to read. So much of the information presented here will almost certainly be new and interesting to the casual reader. The obvious heavy hitters are here, such as Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette, but many of the stories here are of relatively obscure or otherwise unknown princesses and queens, and it's amazing to see their stories come to life on the page.

The prose is clear and precise as are the translated love letters! The only criticism I can level at "Sex with the Queen" is that very occasionally Herman succumbs to the temptation to write a touch of "purple prose" about how truly lovely it must have been between a queen and her lover.

These pieces seem a little out of place among the scholarly tone and a bit embarrassingly gushy, but these passages are limited to no more than a few lines, and are quickly passed over back to the scholarly meat of the text.

I truly enjoyed this book, and I think that anyone with an interest in the history of royal families will be delighted with this book. View 1 comment. It's all about various queens throughout history and their adulterous affairs, going in-depth as to backgrounds and explanations of why a royal woman might feel compelled to take a lover.

This book's style is sort of "gossipy", but I didn't mind that. It's not a total "Seventeen Magazine" gossip column that gushes and seems entirely made up of "Sex with the Queen" by Eleanor Herman reminded me a lot of "Notorious Royal Marriages" by Leslie Carroll, a book I read last year and also loved. It's not a total "Seventeen Magazine" gossip column that gushes and seems entirely made up of unfounded rumors. It's just not an overly-serious scholarly work. It seemed very well-written to me and I appreciated that the author took the reader entertainment factor and balanced it rather well with the "this is still a book about history and should have sources cited and be based in fact and have the people learn something".

I enjoyed learning more about Sophia Dorothea of Celle and other royal women that I haven't heard much about thus far from this book. The one thing that knocked it down a star for me was that it seemed like Eleanor Herman let her personal biases about certain personages show through a bit more than maybe they should have. It's true that she has to explain the story and the scandal within a or-so page limit per queen, but I got the distinct feeling that she doesn't have a very favorable impression of Marie Antoinette, Alexandra Romanov, or Princess Diana.

Their entries were more vitriolic than some of the others. I am aware that historians are humans too, and I've read biographies specifically about Marie Antoinette and Alexandra Romanov that perhaps leaned more toward giving these controversial figures the benefit of the doubt in many cases.

But as I read their entries here, at certain points I was kind of like, " Overall though, I enjoyed this immensely. I am reading Herman's "Sex with Kings" as well and hope I like it just as much. I'd also definitely recommend Leslie Carroll's book I mentioned above as well as "Scandals of Classic Hollywood" by Anne Helen Petersen, if you're into this genre of "pretty reliable history that also attempts to really showboat".

Dec 23, Meri rated it really liked it Shelves: history , europe. This book provides an interesting hook to tell years of European aristocratic history. Adultery with queens was far more sensational than the routine indiscretions of kings. It came in several different forms, from powerful ruling queens who openly took several lovers at a time to consorts who were beheaded for one falsified indiscretion.

Over all, a worthy peek into a side of history that you don't often learn in high school. Eleanor Herman has a knack for catchy and imaginative This book provides an interesting hook to tell years of European aristocratic history. Eleanor Herman has a knack for catchy and imaginative depictions, though I was a little disappointed that all of the affairs covered were heterosexual.

Sep 09, veronica rated it it was ok. Most of this book is definitely written much better in comparison with its mate, "Sex With Kings. I am sorry to say that. Bad writing can make or break a non-fiction book, and in this case, it completely broke it. I couldn't even tell what I was Most of this book is definitely written much better in comparison with its mate, "Sex With Kings.

I couldn't even tell what I was reading -- was it a historical non-fiction book, a poorly written romance novel, or a smutty tabloid?

Phrases akin to "she then writhed above him, biting his nipples" or "we can just imagine her pining after her the lover whose hands she could still feel upon her" or "we can just see their two bodies intertwined" do not cut it in a non-fiction book. You were not there, you cannot assume and it is not the kind of book genre that lets you "imagine. This made me really mad, as personal "imaginings" happened A LOT.

There was so much assumption and bad trash novel writing that it undermined all the hard historical research that clearly must have gone into this book. The author came off as a voyeuristic young girl fabricating details of private encounters, instead of a historian. Yes, I learned a lot about the lives of European queens and their lovers, I learned a lot about life at court, and about marriage laws, but in the end, I wanted it to kind of stop there.

I can do lots of imagining on my own, I don't need to read two-thirds of a page and realize it is all made up smut from the author's point of view. The book also ends with a terrible taste in my mouth, with a very slanderous chapter about Princess Diana, which makes her out to be a really awful woman. Maybe her death is still recent enough in collective memory for me to be okay with slandering someone and airing out the dirty laundry of a woman whose family is still all alive.

I know part of this book is aimed at exactly that, airing out dirty royal laundry, so maybe someone else can come up with another version that is about the reality of royal affairs and not smutty details. Apr 06, Mandy Moody rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , english-royalty. This is actually a DNF for me : The format drove be crazy - everything seemed to be a "summary" - I kept waiting for the actual book to begin, but it never did. There is, of course, a scarcity of information when it comes to the affairs of queens.

Unlike Kings, Queens were expected to be virtuous, so their affairs were well hidden. Still, a good number of these accounts seem to be supposition of the time - an unreliable source in my opinion! Perhaps without using these stories Herman didn't have This is actually a DNF for me : The format drove be crazy - everything seemed to be a "summary" - I kept waiting for the actual book to begin, but it never did. Perhaps without using these stories Herman didn't have enough material for her book?

Sadly, even using un-validated tales of adultery didn't make this book juicy. I felt like I was being told facts, not a story. Who knew sex could be so boring? I also hated the way the author jumped from one person to the next without regard for time period or country I only read to chapter 4 and had to quit. Sex with Kings was so easy to read, I was hoping this would be the same. It wasn't. Jan 13, Aoi rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction. Unfortunately the author seems to have foregone with an editor- the script lacks any sort of coherency, jumping from one era to another; one country to another.

I had expected a witty anecdotal book- it starts humorously enough, recounting the story about a King who had to be carried all the way to his bedchamber to consummate his marriage. However, when we go on to the exploits of Eleanor of Aquitaine with her uncle!! One would think that an author should know what is accepted fact, and what is written as slander back in the Middle Ages. The stories about Princess Diana left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

If I wanted this kind of thing, there are plenty of society tabloids. Jan 14, Susan rated it it was amazing. The title sounds quite tawdry, but the book itself is far from a Harlequin Romance. Most marriages were for political gain, where a daughter was bartered off to a husband that was disinterested, cruel, insane or homosexual.

Some queens took lovers or undertook political intrigue as a response to their harrowing positions. Mar 18, Sue rated it really liked it Shelves: royalty. A for effort, but F for format. Very difficult to follow who these people were when the story is so disjointed. Lost interest around page 60 because we were going over the same people over and over, for different reasons. Good details and juicy tidbits. She was the Regent guardian of Ivan , half brother of Peter the Great.

Ivan died, Peter took over and Sophie was sent to a monastery after trying to overthrow him with the A for effort, but F for format. Ivan died, Peter took over and Sophie was sent to a monastery after trying to overthrow him with the Boyars. Mar 18, Melody rated it liked it. Silly, salacious and about as meaningful as People Magazine, this book is compulsively readable. It's well-written, engaging and pruriently interesting. It appeals to all of the same trash receptors in one's brain that fuel the National Enquirer, Star and the other weekly mags featuring vapid celebrities.

The big difference is that the vapid celebrities in the book are royal and dead. A fun read nonetheless. This book does exactly what it says on the cover.

The author chronicles years of queenly affairs and marriages gone horribly wrong. The book mostly focuses on European royalty.

It may also make you rethink your childhood desire to become a princess. Louis XIV asked the pope to threaten excommunication if Marguerite This book does exactly what it says on the cover.

Louis XIV asked the pope to threaten excommunication if Marguerite persisted, and the pontiff sent her a harsh letter. She didn't fear hell, she replied. She was already living in it. Eleanor Herman has an engaging writing style that puts a trashy tabloid spin on history. Sex with the Queen is not a dry textbook. I was happy for that because I often got confused by the structure of Sex with Kings.

In the queen book, each queen gets her own section, so the stories are linear and easy to follow. Eleanor Herman is not impartial. She villainizes some historical figures and makes jokes about others. This book is fun, but I get the feeling that accuracy is sometimes sacrificed to entertainment. Kings could have as many affairs as they wanted, but queens were expected to be monogamous. This was because the king was basically marrying a uterus, not a person.

Queens were rarely left alone. A group of servants followed the queen wherever she went. Despite being followed everywhere by the sex police, many queens still managed to have affairs. Some kings were secretly or not-so-secretly gay. Some royal couples hated each other so much that they refused to have sex. Other kings and queens were infertile, deformed, or sickly from generations of royal inbreeding.

Some kings encouraged their wives to have secret affairs. One king tried to impregnate his wife by using a golden turkey baster. Marriages between future kings and queens were arranged by their parents. Some young royals were too immature to understand the whole sex thing. One young couple spent their wedding night sitting in bed together, playing with toy soldiers. Affairs are still common with modern royalty.

Some royal families fiercely protect their DNA. History proves that women cannot get way with the sins of the male. Political gains were more important than happiness, so the majority of these young ladies suffered cruelly at the hands of their husbands or father-in-laws. I basically skipped over the section that discussed Empress Alexandra because I truly do not believe she had a sexual affair with Rasputin. All in all, I was more than satisfied with this book.

I learned about a couple of new women who were dealt a bad hand of fate. In royal courts bristling with testosterone--swashbuckling generals, polished courtiers, and virile cardinals--how did repressed regal ladies find happiness? Most European queens were raised to be chaste, demure and obedient, in the image of the Virgin Mary.

They generally married young, knew nothing of sex or pregnancy, and were expected to spawn lots of kids. But some of these queens weren't content to just sit and embroider -- they ran straight into the arms of hot courtiers.

Some of these queens had mad or impotent husbands, and some were married to gay nobles -- one nobleman was overjoyed when his wife had an illegitimate child, which saved him from having to sleep with her. One or two like Elizabeth I never wed at all, leaving rumors of lovers and illegitimate children. They slept with warriors, peasants, priests, and other nobles, sometimes with tragic results -- and sometimes not.

The title is naughty but the book is well written, well researched, and filled with a lot of things I had never read before about the royals.

Herman's writing style strikes a good balance between slightly wry conversation and scholarly insights, with lots of historical details that add a lot of dimension to these illicit romances. It's a bit like trading gossip with a good pal, who has all the dirty laundry from the royal bedroom. Very fun, and it often offers insight into the lives of the pampered, lonely royals.

View all 3 comments. I figured out what the problem is. She spins a good yarn, but she relies on very few sources one chapter is almost entirely "Ibid" in the notes.

She only footnotes direct quotations which she usually gets from other biographies, not from a primary source. She clearly has her favorites loves Catherine the Great, even though she let herself get fat and old; hates Marie Antoinette and Princess Diana--she gets a whole chapter of venom. She moves effortlessly between documented events and OK. She moves effortlessly between documented events and recreating scenes.

A dumb part: at the beginning, she reminds us that even though they all had beautiful jewels and dresses, that castles were cold and beds were uncomfortable, so we shouldn't envy them TOO much. Again with the lack of context. Sometimes queens are driven into exile, and she'd have us believe it was entirely about their lovers and scandals. You'd almost never know what any of these queens did. They just had sex and talked about the country, but no work was really done. She mentions some of the accomplishments of Catherine the Great, but mostly as a result of choosing Potemkin to conquer and rule.

There is no distinction between this book and the last one. This is all the leftover notes she couldn't find room for in the other book, plus sometimes recycling anecdotes. Edn Cells from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, a fatal childhood cancer. Lab tests have identified a drug combination that effectively attacks the class of tumours that includes this glioma.

Credit: Shawn Gillespie, Monje Lab. A combination of drugs has shown promise in laboratory tests against an inevitably fatal nervous-system cancer that mostly strikes children. Diffuse midline gliomas are tumours of the central brain and spinal cord. The only available treatment is radiation, and the median survival for one type of this cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, is 9—11 months.

Previous work has suggested that the drug panobinostat kills these tumour cells, but they ultimately become resistant to the treatment. Michelle Monje at Stanford University in California and her colleagues looked for drugs that could be used alone or in combination to kill diffuse midline glioma cells.

A combination of two drugs, panobinostat and marizomib, increased survival in mice bearing tumours grown from the samples. This drug combination altered when genes in the cancer cells turn on and off, and interfered with cellular metabolism.

Plastic particles show decreasing organization from left to right, ranging from orderly swarm far left to random movement far right. Credit: H. Karani et al. Tiny plastic beads that are wandering aimlessly through water can spontaneously form organized swarms and clusters — just like swimming bacteria.

Petia Vlahovska and her colleagues at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, sought to artificially replicate bacterial swarming using microscopic polystyrene spheres. The researchers placed these microswimmers in oil and subjected them to pulses from an electric field. If the pulses were widely spaced enough for the spheres to depolarize, they moved in random directions and bunched into disorganized clusters.

This resulted in more organized clusters that aligned with each other and eventually began rotating. This tunability could allow the particles to be used to test theories of collective dynamics, the authors write. Dance music from around the globe tends to be faster than some other types of songs, such as lullabies.

But their songs share universal patterns. Samuel Mehr at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his colleagues analysed audio recordings of songs from cultures all over the globe. The researchers found that music exists in all the sampled societies and varies more within groups than between them. In a specific society, songs differ depending on the context in which they are sung, such as lively celebrations or calmer events.

But across all cultures, the team could identify four distinct, recurrent song types: dance tunes, healing songs, love ballads and lullabies. Across the world, songs that are used in the same way share characteristics. For example, dance songs are faster and more rhythmic than lullabies, and love songs use on average a larger number of pitches than dance songs do. The team also showed that Western listeners who had never heard traditional music could listen to a song and successfully guess its type from its musical features.

Science To encode genetic information, living things rely on DNA molecules, which are made of a precisely arranged sequence of building blocks called nucleotides.

Similarly, proteins and their constituent peptides are built from an alphabet of 21 amino acids. Amino-acid sequences carry instructions for how a molecule should be built and what its function is.

Jennifer Heemstra and her colleagues at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, combined those two programming languages in a single molecule. On the basis of those codes, the molecules can then assemble into desired structures. An almond grove in Mallorca, Spain, blighted by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa subspecies multiplex. Genomic analysis suggests that the microbe originated in the United States. Credit: Dr.

Across Europe, crops and ornamental plants are being hammered by a destructive bacterial invader called Xylella fastidiosa. Now a genomic analysis shows that one of the most threatening forms of this bacterium probably invaded Europe multiple times, in most instances arriving from California. Since , X. The subspecies shows a high level of diversity in the southeast, suggesting that it originated there. Understanding the routes the microbe travelled could help European officials to prevent future outbreaks.

A farmer fertilizes rice in Yunnan province, China. Emissions of the pollutant nitrous oxide have spiked in part because of fertilizer use in Asia and South America.

Global emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, seem to be rising much faster than scientists have thought. The gas, which destroys ozone in the stratosphere, is a by-product of the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers, which are commonly applied to farm fields.

Rona Thompson at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller and her colleagues combined data from a global network of observations with atmospheric transport models, to calculate the rate of nitrous oxide emissions from to The team found that during that period, the rise in global emissions was almost twice as large as previous estimates, which were based mainly on statistics about fertilizer usage.

Emissions from East Asia and South America account for the bulk of the estimated increase. Nitrous oxide emissions rise disproportionally in response to nitrogen use in agriculture, the authors conclude.

Reducing global emissions would require more efficient fertilizer application and, ultimately, changes in human diet, they say. Nature Clim. Change Credit: Sara Juengst. The Salango archaeological site in western Ecuador includes two small burial mounds built in roughly bc by people of the local Guangala culture. In one mound, Sara Juengst at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her colleagues found the bones of a 6- to 9-month-old baby whose head was encased in the skull of a child aged between 2 and In the second mound, the team found an month-old toddler wearing another such helmet from a child between 4 and 12 years of age.

The helmets were probably affixed before burial and might have been intended to protect the souls of the children who wore them. A wispy wrapper of vimentin protein green surrounds the nucleus purple of a mouse cell.

Credit: Robert D. A cell protects its nucleus by swaddling it in a minuscule wrapping of soft but resilient protein fibres. To investigate how cells safeguard their nuclei, Robert Goldman at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, Paul Janmey at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and their colleagues examined the role of the cellular protein vimentin, which forms fibres that stiffen under stress.

However, that cage was missing in cells that lacked the vimentin gene, and the nuclei of these cells were much more likely to rupture during movement than the nuclei of normal cells. The results show that vimentin has a hand in determining the fate of a cell and its genome.

Cell Biol. A mosaic depicts a Mesopotamian ruler presiding over a banquet. The scene adorns the Standard of Ur, a box found in the early city of that name. Credit: Alamy. Pictures taken by a cold war spy jet and satellites show that the Mesopotamian city of Ur sprawled over a much bigger area than scientists had realized.

As a city-state and the seat of an embryonic empire, Ur was an important urban centre from to BC , a status reflected in the sumptuous treasures buried in its Royal Cemetery during the third millennium BC.

Yet scholars estimated that the city, located in what is now Iraq, covered only 60 hectares — making it much smaller than other Mesopotamian cities. To revisit that estimate, Emily Hammer at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia pored over declassified images captured during the cold war by US spy satellites and a U-2 spy plane.

Hammer also surveyed the area around the sites detailed in the photos. At that size, it would have been one of the largest Mesopotamian cities of its time. Iraq Mice given antibiotics regained a normal microbiome more quickly if they lived in groups than if they lived alone. Kerwyn Casey Huang at Stanford University in California and his colleagues studied intestinal bacteria in mice whose guts had been populated with microbes from a human donor.

Gut-microbe density dropped up to ,fold within half a day of the rodents beginning antibiotics. Certain microbial species began to recover by about the third day of antibiotics, but recovery was delayed in mice fed a fibre-poor diet. The researchers also gave streptomycin to mice with rodent microbiomes and found that animals housed alone were slower to recover than those housed in groups. Streptomycin can eliminate different bacterial strains in different animals, so mice living communally might have reconstituted their gut microbiomes more quickly by taking up microbes from their roommates.

Cell Host Microbe A 3D printer sculpted these complex glass structures. A standard 3D printer fed with an innovative mixture of ingredients can print intricate glass shapes — without extruding molten glass.

This mixture is added to a standard 3D printer that uses light to solidify liquid inks. During printing, light triggers the organic compounds to link into long chains, or polymers, which in turn causes the glass precursors to migrate to polymer-free regions.

The printed structure is then baked to burn off the organic polymer, leaving a porous material made of only inorganic compounds. A final step removes the air trapped in the pores, compacting the object and completing its transformation from an opaque ceramic to a transparent glass.

The authors used the process to create various complex shapes, including a leaf pictured with elaborate veins. Nature Mater. Ice-hockey players and the puck zip across an ice rink on a film of melted water. Ice is slippery because it is lubricated by melt water as viscous as oil, according to experiments that teamed a tuning fork with a powerful microscope.

But water is typically a poor lubricant because of its relatively low viscosity. The bead also moved into and out of the ice, providing data on the viscosity of the meltwater film between the bead and the ice. Surprisingly, the authors found that this melt water is up to times more viscous than normal water, making it an excellent lubricant. X

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A male honeybee mates with a queen in mid-air. The semen that a male transfers to a female degrades her vision sex and with it her ability to mate with other males. Evolutionary theory predicts that a male should attempt to prevent queens from mating with other males. In sex with that prediction, research has suggested that natural insemination alters the activity of vision-related quesn in female bees.

To determine the consequences of such changes, Joanito Liberti at the University of Copenhagen and his colleagues artificially qkeen queen bees and found that they sex less responsive to light and were more likely to get lost on mating qheen than were queens given saline.

Inseminated queens also tended to leave their hives on mating flights two days earlier than control queens. The researchers propose that this early departure was an attempt to compensate for their poor vision.

A particular array of gut bacteria, combined with a strenuous workout programme, queen men to improve their quewn on health tests. Credit: Getty. Aimin Xu at the University of Hong Kong and his colleagues studied 39 men with insulin resistance, a sluggish response to insulin that signals a heightened risk for diabetes.

One such gene helps to break down amino acids that promote insulin resistance. But in non-responders, a different set of genes became more abundant post-exercise — among them a gene implicated in breaking down substances that promote insulin sensitivity.

But animals that received bacteria from non-responders showed no such improvement. Cell Metab. Escherichia coli bacteria pictured that are antibiotic resistant are a serious public-health threat, but a new test accurately detects resistant strains in clinical samples.

A targeted RNA test scans patient samples ssex spots antibiotic-resistant bacteria in ses a few hours — much more quickly than existing clinical tests. At leastqueen a year die from drug-resistant infectious diseases, according to the World Health Organization. Conventional tests for antibiotic resistance involve growing bacteria for a day or more. Newer genetic assays are quicker, quen they only detect genes that are already known to make bacteria resistant to drugs.

The researchers used machine learning to identify RNA molecules that distinguish drug-resistant bacteria from sensitive strains. Nature Med. Qufen sledge qyeen pictured are partly descended from dogs that helped the Inuit people to take up residence across much of the Arctic. Carly Ameen at the University of Exeter, UK, and her colleagues analysed srx skulls, teeth and mitochondrial DNA of hundreds of Arctic dogs that lived over a span of almost 5, years.

Inuit dog skulls dated from 2, to years ago resembled those of recent Arctic dogs, but differed wueen those of dogs that populated the region before the Inuit arrived. The dogs probably sped Inuit expansion in the region by enabling sledge travel, the researchers say. This analysis also shows that modern Arctic dogs descend quene from ancestral Inuit dogs and partly from canines that came with Europeans in the eighteenth century.

Credit: Phil Cigan. Astronomers might have found the long-lost cinder of a conflagration that left them spellbound more than three decades ago. Inresearchers witnessed a massive star in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of qjeen Milky Way, collapse under its own queenn and then explode as a supernova. At a mere 51, parsecslight years from Earth, it was the closest observed supernova since the sex.

Some of the matter in the core should have compressed to form a neutron star, a body only about 20 kilometres wide but more massive queen the Sun. Researchers have tried to locate such a remnant inside the cloud of dusty debris left by the explosion, but so far all efforts qkeen failed.

The researchers say that this feature, which they nicknamed the blob, is evidence of the queen star heating its surroundings. A nearby fault has unleashed earthquakes and tsunamis on the region for centuries. During the past four centuries, powerful earthquakes have occasionally hit Tokai and the neighbouring Nankai area simultaneously. To explore this history, a team led by Osamu Fujiwara at the Geological Survey of Japan in Tsukuba dug into layers of sediment along a coastal plain in Tokai.

They found four layers of tsunami deposits, each created when a queen earthquake aex a tsunami that rushed ashore and dumped a queen of sand. Two of the tsunami deposits came from known quakes in and But the scientists dated a third deposit to the year and a fourth to the seventh century — pointing to quakes that are not documented in reliable historical records. Historical accounts do report that a quake was felt in Nankai in This suggests that the event ruptured faults along a longer segment of the coast than previously recognized.

The discovery highlights the need for both Nankai and Tokai to prepare for the risk of future quakes. The compound sex gives mushrooms such as Psilocybe azurescens hallucinogenic properties also makes queen go blue when damaged. As if in protest, the stems of many species of mushroom instantly turn blue when they are plucked.

When a mushroom is bruised or sliced, PsiP cuts off the phosphorus-containing portion of the psilocybin molecule, freeing the psychoactive molecule sex. A second enzyme that the scientists named PsiL then destabilizes psilocin by stealing an electron from it. That forces individual sxe molecules to fuse into pairs, trios and larger groupings. Some of the psilocin assemblies turn into blue compounds after losing hydrogen atoms. This process might explain the bluing of other psilocybin-laced mushrooms, such as Psilocybe azurescens.

Enzymes that quewn like PsiP are also found in the human body. There, the psilocin produced by the enzymes creates psychedelic effects rather than a blue colour. Edn quefn Cells from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, ssx queen childhood cancer. Lab tests have identified a drug combination that effectively attacks the class of tumours that includes quren glioma. Credit: Shawn Gillespie, Monje Lab. A combination of drugs has shown promise queen laboratory tests against an inevitably fatal nervous-system cancer that mostly strikes children.

Diffuse midline gliomas are tumours of the central brain and spinal cord. The only available treatment is radiation, and the queen survival for one quedn of this cancer, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, is 9—11 months. Quern work has suggested that the drug panobinostat kills these quedn cells, but they ultimately become resistant to the treatment.

Michelle Monje at Stanford University in Queen and her colleagues looked for drugs that could be used alone or in combination to kill diffuse midline glioma cells. A combination of two drugs, panobinostat and marizomib, increased survival in mice bearing tumours grown from the samples. This drug combination altered when genes in the cancer cells turn on and off, and interfered with cellular metabolism. Plastic particles queen decreasing organization from left to right, ranging from orderly swarm far left to random movement far right.

Credit: H. Karani et al. Tiny plastic beads that are wandering aimlessly through water can spontaneously form organized swarms and clusters — just like swimming bacteria. Petia Vlahovska and her colleagues at Northwestern Qeuen in Evanston, Illinois, sought to artificially replicate bacterial swarming using microscopic polystyrene spheres.

The researchers sex these microswimmers in oil and subjected them to pulses from an electric field. If the pulses were widely spaced enough for the spheres to depolarize, they moved in random directions and bunched into disorganized clusters. This resulted in more organized clusters that aligned with each sec and eventually began rotating. This tunability could allow the particles to be used to test theories of collective dynamics, sex authors write. Dance music from around the globe tends to be faster than some other types of songs, such as queeh.

But their songs share universal patterns. Samuel Mehr sex Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his colleagues analysed audio recordings of songs from cultures all over the globe. The researchers found that music exists in all the sampled societies and varies quefn within groups than between them. In a specific society, songs differ depending on the context in which they are sung, such as lively celebrations or calmer events.

But across all cultures, the team could identify four distinct, recurrent song types: dance tunes, healing songs, love ballads and lullabies. Across the world, songs that are used in the same way share quefn. For example, dance songs are faster and more rhythmic than lullabies, and love songs use on average a larger number of pitches than dance songs do. The team also showed that Western listeners who had never heard traditional music could listen sfx a song and successfully guess quden type from its musical features.

Science To encode genetic information, living things rely on Sex molecules, which are made of a precisely arranged sequence of building blocks called nucleotides. Similarly, proteins and their constituent peptides are built from an alphabet of 21 amino acids.

Amino-acid sequences carry instructions for how a molecule should be built and what its function is. Jennifer Heemstra and her colleagues at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, combined those two programming languages in a single molecule. On the basis of those codes, the molecules can then assemble into desired quene. An almond grove in Mallorca, Spain, blighted by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa subspecies multiplex.

Genomic analysis suggests that the microbe originated in the United States. Credit: Dr. Across Europe, crops and ornamental plants are being hammered by a destructive sexx invader called Xylella fastidiosa.

Now a genomic analysis shows that one of the most threatening forms of this bacterium probably invaded Sex multiple times, in most instances arriving from California. SinceX. The subspecies shows a high level of diversity in the southeast, suggesting that it originated there. Queen the routes the microbe travelled could help European officials to prevent future outbreaks.

A farmer fertilizes rice in Yunnan province, China. Emissions of the pollutant nitrous oxide have spiked in part because of fertilizer use in Srx and South America. Global emissions of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, seem to be rising much faster than scientists have thought. The gas, which destroys ozone in the stratosphere, is a by-product of the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers, which are commonly applied to farm fields.

Rona Thompson at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller and her colleagues combined data from a global network of observations with atmospheric transport models, to calculate the rate of nitrous oxide emissions from to

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