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The Balkans

The Routledge Handbook of Balkan and Southeast European History edited by John R. Lampe and Ulf Brunnbauer. International scholars explore the modern history of the region, from the 19th century to the postwar and Cold War years of the 20th century.


King Zog: Europe's Self-Made Muslim Monarch by Jason Hunter Tomes. Biography of Albania's self-proclaimed King Zog I, described as "the most unusual monarch of the 20th century."

Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History, Volume I: Albania and King Zog, 1908-39 by Owen Pearson. Chronicles the monarchy of King Zog and the wartime period where Albania became a battleground for the Greek, Italian and German armies. Volume 2 and Volume 3 are also sometimes available.

Albania: Eye of the Balkan Vortex by Lou Giaffo. History of the Albanians, descendants of the ancient Illyrians, who at one time occupied the whole Balkan Peninsula.

Albania's Mountain Queen: Edith Durham and the Balkans by Marcus Tanner. Edith Durham, a British writer, became a confidante of the King of Montenegro, ran a hospital in Macedonia and one of the world's first female war correspondents.


Books About Anatolia


Modern Bulgarian Royalty

Crown of Thorns: The Reign of King Boris III of Bulgaria by Stephane Groueff. Boris III reigned from 1918 to 1943. He was the father of the Bulgaria's last (deposed) king, Simeon II.

A Unique Destiny: The Memoir of the Last Tsar of Bulgaria, Prime Minister of a Republic by Simeon II of Bulgaria. In 1946, Bulgaria's monarchy was abolished and its boy tsar went into exile. In 2001, he was elected the country's prime minister.

History & Royalty

A Concise History of Bulgaria by R.J. Crampton. Traces Bulgaria's dramatic story from the days when it was the center of a powerful empire, through centuries of Ottoman rule, to the upheavals of the 20th century.

The Bulgarian State in 927-969: The Epoch of Tsar Peter I edited by Miroslaw J. Leszka and Kiril Marinow. A comprehensive and balanced image of the reign of Peter I and the role he played in the history of medieval Bulgaria.

Maria Lekapene, Empress of the Bulgarians: Neither a Saint Nor a Malefactress by Miroslaw J. Leszka and Zofia A. Brzozowska. A biography of Irene Lekapene, wife of Tsar Peter I of Bulgaria (927-969).

Bulgarians by Birth: The Comitopuls, Emperor Samuel and Their Successors According to Historical Sources and the Historiographic Tradition by Vasilka Tapkova-zaimova. A collection of sources about Bulgaria's Cometopuli dynasty, Tsar Samuel.

The Byzantine Empire

Books About the Byzantine Empire


Books About Greek Royalty and History
Books About Hercules & Greek Mythology
Books About the Trojan War


In the Shadow of Olympus: The Emergence of Macedon by Eugene N. Borza. A history of Macedon.

Women & Monarchy in Macedonia by Elizabeth Donnelly Carney. Examines the role of royal women in the Macedonian Argead dynasty, from the sixth century B.C. to 168 B.C.

King and Court in Ancient Macedonia: Rivalry, Treason and Conspiracy by Elizabeth Carney. A collection of articles on topics such as conspiracies and violence at court, royal women, and court life.

A Companion to Ancient Macedonia edited by Joseph Roisman and Ian Worthington. Essays on topics including Macedonian kingship and individual kings.


The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks by Robin Waterfield. Charts Antigonus's conflicts with the Greeks and Ptolemy of Egypt.

Antigonus II Gonatas: A Political Biography by Janice J. Gabbert. Antigonus II was King of Macedonia in the 3rd century B.C.

Demetrius: Sacker of Cities by James Romm. Demetrius, who died in 283, became king of Macedonia and tried to create an empire, but died a prisoner.

Books About Alexander the Great & Successors


Nikola & Milena, King and Queen of the Black Mountain by Marco Houston is about the rise and fall of Montenegro's royal family.

Realm of the Black Mountain: A History of Montenegro by Elizabeth Roberts. Traces Montenegro's history from pre-Slavic times, recounting its development under its Prince-Bishops.

The Falcon & the Eagle: Montenegro & Austria-Hungary, 1908-1914 by John D. Treadway. The first comprehensive study of Montenegro's relations with her Great-Power neighbors on the eve of WWI.

The Rough Guide to Montenegro by Norm Longley. This travel guide includes maps and information about Montenegro's history.


Romania: An Illustrated History by Nicolae Klepper. As a state, Romania has only been in existence since 1859, but the history of its people stretches to the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, the Geto-Dacians and Romans. This book tells the story of the Romanian people, their principalities, and their eventual unification.

Historical Dictionary of Romania by Kurt W. Treptow and Marcel D. Popa. Details the important people, places, events, and institutions of Romania. Includes a chronology and a list of rulers.

Transylvania: A Short History by Istvan Lazar. Entertaining yet scholarly review of the history of this oft-contended land.

Queen Isabella Sforza Szapolyai of Transylvania and Sultan Suleyman of the Ottoman Empire: A Case of Sixteenth-Century Muslim-Christian Collaboration by Alicia McNary Forsey. Isabella Sforza Zapolya was widowed after a year of marriage to King John Zapolya I of Hungary. Suleyman promised to protect her and her son, and he never broke that promise.

Books About Vlad Dracula

Queen Marie of Romania

The Story of My Life by Queen Marie of Romania. Queen Marie was the wife of King Ferdinand, mother of King Carol II, and grandmother of King Michael.

Later Chapters of My Life: The Lost Memoir of Queen Marie of Romania by Queen Marie of Romania. This recently discovered last volume of Queen Marie's memoirs, long believed to have been destroyed, covers the period following the First World War.

The Last Romantic: A Biography of Queen Marie of Roumania by Hannah Pakula. Describes Marie as a woman of striking beauty whose opinions were in advance of her time and whose life was the gossip of three continents.

Her Eternal Crown: Queen Marie of Romania and the Baha'i Faith by Della L. Marcus. The story of the deepening relationship between Queen Marie and the religion whose teachings she championed, told largely in extracts from her own letters and diaries.

Dearest Missy by Diana Mandache. The letters of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia and her daughter Marie of Romania.

The Child of the Sun edited by Silvia Irina Zimmermann. Fairy tales and essays by Romanian queens Elisabeth (Carmen Sylva, 1843-1916) and Marie (1875-1938).

Americans and Queen Marie of Romania edited by Diana Fotescu and Diana Mandache. Includes the diary of an American who visited the queen in 1925, and correspondence between the queen and another American.

The Dancer, the Dreamers, and the Queen of Romania: How an Unlikely Quartet Created America's Most Improbable Art Museum by Steve Wiegand. Discusses Queen Marie of Romania's role in the founding of the Maryhill Museum of Art in the U.S. state of Washington.

King Carol II

The Playboy King by Paul D. Quinlan is a biography of King Carol II, who gave up his claim to the throne to be with his mistress, Elena "Magda" Lupescu, later became king, but abdicated and married Lupescu. Carol was the father of Romania's last king, Michael.

Lupescu: The Story of a Royal Love Affair by Alice Leone Moats. About the woman for whom Carol II gave up his throne.

Princess Ileana

Royal Monastic: Princess Ileana of Romania by Bev. Cooke. Biography of the princess who built the first English-language Eastern Orthodox women's monastery in the United States.

I Live Again by Ileana, Princess of Romania, Archduchess of Austria.

Hospital of the Queen's Heart by Ileana, Princess of Romania, Archduchess of Austria.


Dynasty: A True Story by Christina Oxenberg. The author, daughter of a Yugoslavian princess, tells the story of her family, Serbia's Karadjordjevic dynasty.

The History of Serbia by John K. Cox. History of Serbia, from the splendor of medieval Serbia to 2001. Includes a timeline, four historical maps, and brief biographies of key figures in Serbian history.

Serbia: The History of an Idea by Stevan K. Pavlowitch. Looks at the historical forces which molded Serbia: the medieval rulers and the church, the rule of Ottomans and Hapsburgs, the two World Wars, the Yugoslav kingdom, and modern Yugoslavia.


The Turning Point by Allen Roberts. The assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia and French prime minister Louis Barthou in 1934.

Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar's Yugoslavia by Christian Axboe Nielsen. King Alexander and his failed attempt to create a unified Yugoslav nation failed.

For Love of a King by Queen Alexandra. The wife of the last king of Yugoslavia, Peter II, wrote these memoirs in exile.

Princess Olga of Yugoslavia: Her Life and Times by Robert Prentice. Olga was the wife of Prince Paul, regent for Peter II. Her dramatic life included the assassination of her grandfather, the king of Greece, and an engagement to the future king of Denmark.

Prince Philip: A Family Portrait by Queen Alexandra. The story of the queen's cousin Prince Philip of Greece, who married Queen Elizabeth II.

A Short History of the Yugoslav Peoples by Fred Singleton. Traces the rise and fall of the Slavic principalities from Roman times. Published in 1985.

The Contested Country: Yugoslav Unity and Communist Revolution, 1919-1953 by Aleksa Diljas.

Royal Blue by Christina Oxenberg. Novel about a fictional princess, written by the daughter of Yugoslavia's Princess Jelisaveta (Elizabeth). Oxenberg is also the author of a book called Taxi, which tells celebrities' stories about taxi drivers.


The Thracians: 700 BC - AD 46 by Christopher Webber, illustrated by Angus McBride. Throughout the seven centuries before Christ, more than 40 Thracian tribes occupied the area between northern Greece, southern Russia, and northwest Turkey. This is a lavishly illustrated study of their history from the Osprey Men-at-Arms series.

The Odrysian Kingdom of Thrace: Orpheus Unmasked by Z. H. Archibald. Analyzes the cultural amalgam the Odrysian governing elite formed from native, Persian, and Greek elements.

Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians by Alexander Fol and Ivan Marazov. Abundantly illustrated catalog from a 1998 traveling art exhibition.

Turkey/The Ottoman Empire

Books About the Ottoman Empire
Books About Turkish Palaces

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