Synopses & Reviews
The love story between King Carol II of Romania and his long-time mistress, Magda Lupescu, was a subject of great interest in the first half of the 20th century. For several decades sensation-seeking journalists provided eager readers with juicy morsels of gossip about one of history's most puzzling and bizarre romances. Even today, 40 years after his death, many remember Carol chiefly as the international playboy of sensational Western newspaper stories. Herein the full story of the life and reign of one of modern Europe's most complex and enigmatic rulers is told.
Carol was, by no means, a good king, or even a decent person. But he does merit a carefully researched and documented biography, and he gets a really good one from Quinlan....Although a scholarly tome, The Playboy King is an easy read....What makes the book so good (apart from Quinlan's comfortable writing style) are the sources, some of which are in Roumania, and were not accessed by other biographers.Royal Book News
This well-written and informative study....is the result of many years of research in public and private archives in the United States, Romania, and Great Britain, years during which the author consulted a vast bibliography that constitutes the basis for the present work. Thanks to these efforts, the author succeeds to make known numerous previously unpublished pieces of information that add both charm and depth to his work....Both the professional historian and the interested reader will benefit from this excellent monograph elaborated with zeal and professionalism by Paul Quinlan.Romanian Civilization
King Carol II of Romania, the notorious "Playboy King" who gave up his right to rule for the woman he loved, is the subject of this biography.
About the Author
PAUL D. QUINLAN is an Associate Professor of History at Providence College.
Table of Contents
And Then There Was Zizi
All for Duduia
The Prodigal Son Returns
The Road Gets Bumpy
The Royal Dictatorship