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Reigned 1603-1649
Monarchy abolished in 1649, restored in 1660
Stuarts reigned 1660-1714
James I, Charles I
Charles II, James II,
William III and Mary II,Anne

Reigned 1714-1901
George I, George II, George III,
George IV, William IV, Victoria

Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
Reigned 1901-1910
Edward VII

Reigned 1910-Today
George V, Edward VIII, George VI, Elizabeth II

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Books About British Royalty

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British Monarchs

The Kings and Queens of Britain by John Cannon and Anne Hargreaves. A dictionary of the kings and queens of Britain, ranging from mythical and early pre-conquest rulers to the present House of Windsor. Covers English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish monarchs.

Divorced, Beheaded, Died: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-sized Chunks by Kevin Flude. A witty guide to Britain's royal history, from Henry VIII to some of lesser-known and mythical monarchs.

Kings & Queens of Great Britain: A Very Peculiar History by Antony Mason. Which king's guards massacred his supporters by mistake? Who had an oversized tongue and slobbered when he ate? Meet the rulers, discover their bizarre habits, and enjoy quirky stories.

The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Kings & Queens of Britain by Charles Phillips. This comprehensive visual encyclopedia lists every British king and queen, and provides insight into the world in which they lived.

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Royal Britain by Charles Phillips. A study of Britains's royal heritage, with a directory of royalty and over 120 of the most important historic buildings.

Queenship in Britain 1660-1837 edited by Clarissa Campbell Orr. Essays about royal patronage, court culture, and dynastic politics. Topics include the marriage options of royal daughters and the travails of Princesses of Wales.

Poster

Kings & Queens of England Poster. Published in August 2013, this colorful 24x36" poster includes every monarch of England from 927 to modern times, and shows the Scottish royal line from Robert the Bruce as well as several Welsh and Irish kings. It also includes many European monarchs.

The Monarchy

The Rough Guide to the Royals by Alice Hunt and James McConnachie. Background and insight into the current British royal family: what they do, where they get their money, how British they are. Also looks at figures from the past, including Henry VIII, Caroline of Brunswick, and Richard III.

A Companion to the Royal Heritage of Britain by Marc Alexander. An encyclopedic work on every aspect of the monarchy in Britain from semi-legendary times to the present day, including such traditions as Maundy money and the Orders of Chivalry.

Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy by Kenneth J. Panton. Provides a chronology from the year 495 to modern times, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and other aspects of British culture, society, economy, and politics.

The Monarchy and the British Nation, 1780 to the Present edited by Andrzej Olechnowicz. Essays on the monarchy and public values, the monarchy's popularity, the monarchy and Ireland, and more.

The Royal Line of Succession by Hugo Vickers. This brief book traces the histories of the men and women who have found themselves in line to the throne.

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Monarchy by Ralph Alan Griffiths and John Ashton Cannon. Ranging from the Dark Ages through to the present day, the authors provide a vivid picture of Britain's kings and queens, and of the monarchy as a political and social force.

Royal Bounty: The Making of a Welfare Monarchy by Frank Prochaska. The story of the royal family's voluntary work from the 18th century to the present, and its significance in a democratic, collectivist age.

Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards: Who's Who in the British Monarchy by David Hilliam. Royal biography and genealogy. From Alibris.

More Books About British Royal Genealogy
Books About the Pros & Cons of Monarchy

Princes of Wales (Heirs to Throne)

Princes of Wales by Deborah Fisher. As heir apparent to the British throne, the Prince of Wales has always been at the center of public scrutiny. This book offers an overview of all 21 officially recognized Princes of Wales, from the first Prince of Wales in 1301 to the present-day Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II's son Prince Charles.

Princes of Wales: Royal Heirs and Their Lives in Waiting by David Loades. The stories of history's most interesting British royal heirs, from the charismatic 14th century Black Prince to the colorful characters of the 20th century.

Investiture: Royal Ceremony and National Identity in Wales 1911-1969 by John S. Ellis. A study of the ceremonies of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales and the public reaction to them.

Royal Lives

Bringing Them Up Royal by David Cohen. How the British royals raised their children, from Henry VIII to modern times.

Royal Warriors: A Military History of the British Monarchy by Charles Carlton. Explores the role that kings and queens have played in war, and how war has shaped the monarchy.

Royal Dress by Valerie Cumming is about the image and the reality of clothing in the English royal court from 1580 to the present day.

The Rights and Wrongs of Royal Marriage: How the Law Has Led to Heartbreak, Farce and Confusion by Rebecca Probert. Obscure acts of Parliament have threatened to render members of the royal family illegitimate and prevented others from following their hearts. Drawing on once-secret files in the UK's National Archives, this book recounts episodes from the 18th century right down to the present day that will amuse and astonish royalists and republicans alike.

Royal Sex and Scandals

Sex Lives of the Kings & Queens of England by Nigel Cawthorne. An expose of royal sex scandals from Edward VIII to the House of Windsor.

Royal Affairs: A Lusty Romp Through the Extramarital Adventures That Rocked the British Monarchy by Leslie Carroll. Love affairs that "disrupted dynastic alliances, endangered lives, and fed the salacious curiosity of the public for centuries."

Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly From Royal Britain by Michael Farquhar. The personal lives of monarchs from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II. For a fun, sometimes racy look at British royal history with all the boring parts left out, I recommend this book. (Read my longer review here.)

Ladies of the Bedchamber: The Role of the Royal Mistress by Dennis Friedman. According to the author, sex addiction threads its way through 600 years of the British monarchy to the present day.

Royal Sex: Mistresses & Lovers of the British Royal Family by Roger Powell. Certain aristocratic families provided monarchs with mistresses over the centuries to capture royal power and patronage.

Royal Marriage Secrets: Consorts & Concubines, Bigamists & Bastards by John Ashdown-Hill. Were the Princes in the Tower illegitimate? Was Queen Victoria "Mrs. Brown"? This book exposes the hidden skeletons of England's most famous rulers.

The Pocket Guide to Royal Scandals by Andy Hughes. Facts and rumors about history and skeletons in the British royal cupboards.

Lives of the English Rakes by Fergus Linnane. Charts the exploits the English rake, from the hedonistic King Charles II and his licentious courtiers to the flowering and decline of the rake during the Victorian era.

Books About European Royal Sex Lives
Books About International Royal Scandals

Royal Courts

The Dukes: The Origins, Ennoblement and History of 26 Families by Brian Masters. There are only 26 non-royal dukes in the British Peerage. The author tells their stories.

Coronations, Ceremonies, Celebrations

Coronation by Roy Strong. This comprehensive history sets each of Britain's coronations in its political, religious, and cultural context. Illustrated.

The Coronation: A Royal History by Annie Bullen. Illustrated with over 80 photographs, this souvenir guide looks in detail at the history of the coronation of Britain's kings and queens: the traditions, the pomp, the ceremony, the robes, the jewels.

Royal Coronations by Lucinda Gosling. The British coronation -- its earliest origins, the meaning of the ceremonial rituals, behind-the-scenes organization, and the robes and jewels worn.

The Language of Space in Court Performance, 1400-1625 by Janette Dillon. Where was the chair of Mary Queen of Scots placed for her trial? How many paces did the king walk forward to meet an ambassador? How were spectators arranged at tournaments?

Royal Jubilees by Judith Millidge. The celebrations that marked George III's 50th year as king set the mould for the jubilees that followed for Queen Victoria, George V, and Elizabeth II. This 64-page book describes the jubilees and gives examples of the souvenirs that accompanied them.

The Queen's Coronation: The Inside Story by James Wilkinson. An inside look at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Royal Death and Tombs

The Ends of Kings by Geoff Brown. About the death and burial sites of all English kings and queens since William the Conqueror. Includes maps and photographs.

Great Britain's Royal Tombs: A Guide to the Lives and Burial Places of British Monarchs by Michael Thomas Barry. Learn the true-life stories of the monarchs of England, from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to modern day, and where they are buried. Includes 234 illustrations and photos.

The Royal Tombs of Great Britain: An Illustrated History by Aidan Dodson. This lavishly illustrated book provides a concise digest, largely based on primary source material, of all that is known about the sepulchres of British rulers down to the Georgian era. Entries include a biographical note on the tomb's owner, the circumstances of death, the architecture and decoration of the tomb, post-interment history, and bibliography.

The Stuarts

Books About the Stuart Dynasty
Books About the English Civil War

Cromwell and the Commonwealth of England

Perceptions of a Monarchy Without a King: Reactions to Oliver Cromwell's Power by Benjamin Woodford. In 1657, Parliament offered Cromwell the crown of Britain. This book explores the nation's response to this unprecedented event.

Cromwell, Our Chief of Men by Antonia Fraser. Biography.

The House of Hanover

Books About the Royal House of Hanover
Books About the Regency
Books About Queen Victoria and Her Family

British History

Folly and Fortune in Early British History: From Caesar to the Normans by Kenneth G. Henshall. Examines the role of foolishness in major events of British history, particularly invasions.

This Sceptred Isle, 55 BC-1901: From the Roman Invasion to the Death of Queen Victoria by Christopher Lee. Focuses on the key characters and pivotal events that have shaped British history.

This Sceptred Isle, Volume 2: Twentieth Century by Christopher Lee. Focuses on the key characters and pivotal events that have shaped British history.

This Sceptred Isle, Volume 3: The Dynasties by Christopher Lee. Tells the stories of powerful families that shaped the history of the British Isles, from the Godwines, Despensers, Percys, and Cecils to the media barons of the 21st century.

Simon Schama's History of Britain Series
Books About Scotland's Royal History
Books About the History of Wales

The British Empire

This Sceptred Isle: The British Empire by Christopher Lee. Britain's empire was the largest the world has ever known. At his coronation, over 400 million people saluted George V. The story of the British Empire is one of enormous personalities, adventure, and complex international administration.

The British Empire: Sunrise to Sunset by Philippa Levine. Looks at the rise and fall of the Empire, its inner workings, and what it meant to those who lived under its authority.

The Cambridge Illustrated History of the British Empire edited by P.J. Marshall.

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire by Lawrence James.

Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress by Jan Morris traces the beginnings of the British empire.

Pax Britannica: The Climax of an Empire by Jan Morris. About the heyday of the British empire.

Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat by Jan Morris. Third book in Morris' series tells the story of the empire's decline.

Books About the Commonwealth of Nations

The 20th Century and the Windsors

Books About King Edward VII
Books About the Modern Royal Family

British Royal Castles and Palaces

Royal Castles and Palaces of Great Britain

Royal Dining and Recipes

Eating Like a King: A History of Royal Recipes by Michele Brown. What did Mary Tudor eat for breakfast? What made George IV so very fat? This collection of recipes enjoyed by British monarchs from William the Conqueror to Edward VII explains how to prepare roast peacock, blackbirds baked in a pie, and more practical dishes.

At the King's Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages by Susanne Groom. The author, a curator at Historic Royal Palaces, considers the diets of monarchs from Richard II to Elizabeth II, and also discusses royal table manners, cookbooks, chefs and kitchen staff. Includes menus from state banquets, weddings, coronations and jubilees.

For the Royal Table: Dining at the Palace by Kathryn Jones. A lavishly illustrated behind-the-scenes look at 350 years of royal banquets, from Charles II to the present day.

Dinner at Buckingham Palace: A Unique Collection of Recipes, Menus, Anecdotes and Tastes of the Royal Household by Charles Oliver and Paul Fishman. From Queen Victoria to the present day, this book provides a look at the tastes and traditions of Britain's royal household.

Anecdotes and Quotes

Right Royal Remarks: From William I to Queen Elizabeth II edited by Michael Hill. Intriguing and entertaining quotes from British royals.

Royalty in Quotes: A Miscellany of Regal Ramblings from Ammonite Press. A tongue-in-cheek look at remarks made by member of Britain's royal family. Includes almost 200 photographs.

Royal Wisdom: The Most Daft, Cheeky, and Brilliant Quotes From Britain's Royal Family by Kate Petrella. Entertaining quotes and quips from British royals, including Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Charles.

How Fat Was Henry VIII? And 101 Other Questions on Royal History by Raymond Lamont-Brown. Which king invented the handkerchief? Which queen pretended to be invisible? Which king pawned his crown? Did monarchs use contraception? Find out.

You Look Awfully Like the Queen: Wit and Wisdom From the House of Windsor by Thomas Blaikie. An illustrated collection of amusing and affectionate anecdotes about the British royal family.

Corgi and Bess: More Wit and Wisdom From the House of Windsor by Thomas Blaikie. A second anthology of hilarious and touching royal anecdotes.

The Oxford Book of Royal Anecdotes by Elizabeth Longford. Covers the full range of Britain's history from the first century A.D. to modern royals.

Royalty & Animals

Noble Hounds and Dear Companions by Sophie Gordon. Over a century of photographs of royal pets and royal owners.

All the King's Horses: A Celebration of Royal Horses From 1066 to the Present Day by Amanda Murray. A history of British royal horse-racing and breeding. Discover how the side saddle was introduced, the connections between horsemanship and architecture, Queen Victoria's achievements as a breeder, and more.

Portraits

The Royal Portrait: Image and Impact by Jennifer Scott. This book focuses on royal portraits from the Royal Collection. Each chapter opens with a quotation and is structured around specific key images which are discussed in detail.

Royal Christmas

A Right Royal Christmas: An Anthology edited by Hugh Douglas. Explores events in English history that took place during the Christmas season, and how royals such as Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria celebrated the holiday.

A Royal Christmas by Jeremy Archer. How the British royal family has celebrated Christmas through the ages. Covers such topics as Christmas pastimes, festive feasts, and Christmas and the Commonwealth.

Royal Books & Manuscripts

1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts edited by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick. What role did books play in the lives of English monarchs and their families? This well-illustrated volume presents a wide-ranging review of royal interest in books.

Treasures From the Royal Archives by Pamela Clark and others. The documents photographed and described for this volume include state records, letters, diaries, and jottings. Among them are the account books of Elizabeth I, the deeds to Sandringham House, and letters from Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Miscellaneous

Democratic Royalism: The Transformation of the British Monarchy, 1861-1914 by William M. Kuhn. Focuses on the actions of five people who created the modern monarchy: Walter Bagehot, W.E. Gladstone, Lord Esher, Randall Davidson and the Duke of Norfolk.

The Monarchy and the Constitution
New Royal Books
Royalty Magazines

For Children

British Kings & Queens by John Guy. One thousand years of intrigue, struggle, passion and power, from the early Saxon and Danish kings to the present day. For children ages 9 to 12.

Kings & Queens: The History of the British Monarchy by Anita Ganeri. Information, facts and figures on all the kings and queens of England, from William I (1066-1087) to Elizabeth II (1952-present). Includes an introduction about early rulers. Fully illustrated.

The Usborne Kings and Queens Sticker Book by Sarah Courtauld and Katie Davies, illustrated by Adam Larkum. Features over 100 stickers with portraits of British kings and queens from the 10th century to the present day, allowing children to match the stickers to their frames.

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DVDs About British Royalty

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

A Complete History of Britain. All 15 episodes of Simon Schama's landmark program are available together in this set.

Companion Books to the History of Britain Series

A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World, 3500 B.C.-1603 A.D, by Simon Schama. Includes striking portraits, pictures, and maps. Companion book to the first History of Britain series.

A History of Britain: The Wars of the British. Second book in Schama's series, covering the years 1603 to 1776.

A History of Britain, Volume III: The Fate of Empire 1776-2002 by Simon Schama. Third book in the series.

DVDs About the Crown Jewels
DVDs About the Modern British Royal Family
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