You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their majestic closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elisabeth of the Austro-Hungarian Empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood. And Princess Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.
About the Author
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie has written for Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, Atlas Obscura, Christian Science Monitor, WallStreetJournal.com, and other national publications.
About the Illustrator
Douglas Smith was born in NYC and earned his BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Besides his celebrated illustrations for Gregory Maguire's "Wicked," Smith has created illustrations for numerous national and regional publications. He resides in Peaks Island off the coast of Maine.
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