Was Napoleon Poisoned? And Other Unsolved Mysteries of Royal History
If King Tut was murdered, why? Did King Arthur really exist? Compelling evidence suggests a Roman general may have been the basis for the Arthurian myth. Were the little princes in the Tower ordered murdered by their greedy uncle, Richard III? He did have the most to gain. Who was the Man in the Iron Mask? We are given several intriguing possibilities. Did Elizabeth I have playwright Christopher Marlowe killed for being a heretic, or did he escape to Italy and ghost-write Shakespeare’s plays? Was Napoleon poisoned on the remote island of St. Helena? Or does a recent document uncovered in Ireland finally point to the truth? Edward VIII abdicated a throne for plain Wallis Simpson. What was her allure that ensnared a king? Even Princess Diana’s death is examined here: accident or not? Conspiracy theories abound, but in some cases, plausible explanations are given.
These mysteries and others are presented in a wry style by author Haugen. After each chapter, he provides a list of books for further study. I found myself fascinated by some, and laughing at others. An entertaining look into royal history.