We picture the royal mistress as, first and foremost, a sexual creature. She has a heaving bosom, a knowing smile, eyes sparkling with desire … she offers irresistible delights to a lecherous monarch. The entreaties of his anguished family, the bishop’s admonitions, his own sense of royal sin and guilt, are useless against the mistress’s enticements when compared to those of the woodenly chaste queen.
— From Sex with Kings
“An irreproachably researched and amusingly written history of European monarchs jezebels. … Scholarly and entertaining, written with a keen eye for politics, but never forsaking the pleasures.”
–Kirkus Reviets (starred review)