I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for BAD PRINCESS by Kris Waldherr! See below for information about the book and Kris, the excerpt, and for the giveaway details!
About the Book:
Title: BAD PRINCESS
Author: Kris Waldherr
Pub. Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Scholastic Nonfiction
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Forget everything you thought you knew about princesses…
Welcome to Bad Princess by Kris Waldherr (author of Doomed Queens), where you’ll discover what really happens after “Happily Ever After.” From the war-torn Dark Ages of Medieval Europe to America’s Gilded Age, and all the way up to Kate Middleton, Bad Princess explores more than 30 true princess stories, going beyond the glitz and glamour to find out what life was really like for young royals throughout history.
A mix of royal biography, pop culture, art, style, and pure fun, Bad Princess is a whip-smart, tongue-in-cheek spin on the traditional princess narrative, proving that it takes more than a pretty crown to be a great leader.
Kris Waldherr is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books for adults and children include Bad Princess, Doomed Queens, and The Book of Goddesses. The New Yorker praised Doomed Queens as “utterly satisfying” and “deliciously perverse.” The Book of Goddesses was a One Spirit/Book-of-the-Month Club’s Top Ten Most Popular Book. Her picture book Persephone and the Pomegranate was noted by the New York Times Book Review for its “quality of myth and magic.” As a visual artist, Waldherr is the creator of the Goddess Tarot, which has a quarter of a million copies in print. She has had illustrations published as greeting cards, book covers, and in calendars and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Waldherr’s debut novel The Lost History of Dreams will be published by Touchstone Books in early 2019.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of BAD PRINCESS, US Only.
Bad Princess: True Tales From Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr
Copyright © 2018 by Kris Waldherr
From BAD PRINCESS: TRUE TALES FROM BEHIND THE TIARA by Kris Waldherr. Scholastic Inc./Scholastic Nonfiction. Copyright (c) 2018 by Kris Waldherr. Reprinted by permission.
Imagine that you’re a princess from way back when. Your father, the king, cherishes you and your queen mother, whom he married out of love and duty. Despite you being an only child—and a girl at that—life is okay. Your dad respects your mom enough to involve her in the ruling of your country. He’s nice to you, though he never stops obsessing about wanting a son to wear the family crown. You figure that if push comes to shove, Dad will find a way to give you the crown—he’s smart like that. Maybe he’ll even marry you to that dude from Spain you’ve been crushing on so you can rule together.
One day when you’re a teenager, King Daddy comes home with big news. He announces he was never really married to your mother because she’d been previously married to someone else in the family. This means you’re no longer a princess. Oh, and by the way, he’s already picked out a stepmom for you, and she’s pregnant with a baby that he bets will be a son.
This was the story of Princess Mary (1516–1558), the eldest daughter of Tudor king Henry VIII. Mary’s mom was Henry’s first queen, Catherine of Aragon, whom he divorced to wed Anne Boleyn, the daughter of a courtier. (A courtier is someone who’s a member of a royal court.) As for Anne, she gave birth to Henry’s second daughter, Princess Elizabeth (1533–1603), a mere three months after Henry crowned her queen.
But it was Queen Catherine who had the last laugh: Anne was only Wife #2 in Henry’s scandalous love life. He went on to marry a total of six times.
After two wives, one beheading, and a whole lot of drama, Henry was lucky to have Wife #3, Jane Seymour, who gave birth to a living son, Edward. Henry was pumped. Now that there was a boy in the house, nobody could steal the English throne from the Tudors. As for Mary and Elizabeth, after Henry divorced Mary’s mother and beheaded Elizabeth’s, he declared neither of them to be real princesses. If that wasn’t bad enough, they were stuck dealing with stepmother after stepmother after stepmother.
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