The new HISTORY® series "Secret Life Of…" - Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY beginning Aug. 31 - exposes the scandals that would have rocked the House of Windsor had modern technology - and tabloids - been around. For example:
...During King Henry VIII's courtship to his second wife Anne Boleyn, he sent her secret erotic letters. The letters were quite racy with Henry writing about wanting to kiss Anne's duckies - Tudor slang for breasts. Those duckies changed the course of history!
...We think of Queen Victoria as an old prude in a black sack, but in fact she loved getting frisky. She and her husband Prince Albert's hideaway looked picture perfect to the public, but their private rooms were more like the Playboy Mansion - complete with a locking system that let them lock their bedroom door from bed.
...Queen Elizabeth - whose entourage would have stunned a rock star - made her favorite boy toy Robert Dudley master of the horse (the equivalent of today's Royal bodyguards) just to keep him close. She even entertained him in her chambers! When he wiped his brow with her handkerchief, it horrified the court and today would have been on the front page of every tabloid.
Find out more as "Secret Life Of…" subjects historical figures to modern tabloid style scrutiny.