By Kris Waldherr

Illicit love, insanity, betrayal--it isn’t consistently reliable to be the queen

Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Mary, Queen of Scots. What did they've got in universal? For it slow they have been topped in gold, cosseted in silk, and flattered through courtiers. yet after all, they spent lengthy nights in darkish criminal towers and have been marched to the scaffold the place they surrendered their heads to the executioner. and they're infrequently on my own of their undignified demises. all through background, royal ladies have had a distressing means of assembly undesirable ends--dying of hunger, being burned on the stake, or expiring in childbirth whereas making an attempt desperately to provide an inheritor. They continuously needed to be on their ft and all too frequently even devious plotting, impressive pregnancies, and promoting out their sisters used to be now not adequate to maintain them from forcible consignment to non secular orders. From Cleopatra (suicide through asp), to Princess Caroline (suspiciously poisoned on her coronation day), there’s a gory draw back to being blue-blooded should you lack a Y chromosome. Kris Waldherr’s stylish little ebook is a chronicle of the rigors and tribulations of queens around the a while, a unusual, humorous, totally macabre tribute to the darkish facet of girl empowerment. Over the process fifty irresistibly illustrated and too-brief lives, Doomed Queens charts centuries of regal backstabbing and intrigue. We meet famous figures like Catherine of Aragon, whose chuffed marriage to Henry VIII ended upfront while it grew to become transparent that she was once a starter wife--the first of six. And we meet forgotten queens like Amalasuntha, the notoriously literate Ostrogoth princess who overreached politically and was once strangled in her bathtub. whereas their ends have been bleak, those queens didn't die with out goal. Their unlucky lives are colourful cautionary stories for today’s would-be strength brokers--a legacy of worldly and womanly knowledge amassed one dazzling regal spoil at a time.

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48 In the case of Guadalupe Company, the administrator in 1888 complained in the annual reports that the company stores were not very well stocked and that they had to buy their merchandise from the nearest city of Tupiza rather than directly from Europe. 49 Despite these relatively benevolent practices, labour discipline remained a problem throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In part, the blame lay on the hybrid quality of the labour force on these agro-mining enterprises, which was needed both as agriculturists as well as miners.

67 The image presented by the Consolidada Company during this time is very different from the image we have of tin companies after World War I. The Consolidada Company operated primarily with independent contractors rather than hiring its own workers as a means of keeping down expenses. Theft in the mines was endemic, indicating that many independent or perhaps occasional miners existed and that a market for contraband ores continued to exist. Indeed, in 1907 the administrator admitted that the contractors worked more with the kajchas, or mine thieves, than with the company, causing serious losses.

First of all, the annual reports, printed in neat folios and often with extensive ornamentation, privilege those companies that were wealthiest and most highly capitalized. Reports come into existence usually only when significant progress had already been made and the company produced some kind of ore. Secondly, the company reports, which were not only reports to stockholders but also pieces of propaganda to lure new investors, as in stock reports today, tended to emphasize the high technology employed and the successes.

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