Book Categories: Monarchies, World History, Regions, Scandal, Power & Politics, Courts, Royal Life, Tiaras, Postcards, Miscellaneous, New Books, DVDs, Children's Books
Monarchies, 1000-2000 by W. M. Spellman. A global and comparative analysis.
Dynasties: A Global History of Power, 1300-1800 by Jeroen Duindam. Charts the rise and fall of dynasties, from European, African, Mughal, Ming-Qing and Safavid dynasties to the Ottoman Empire, Tokugawa Japan and Choson Korea.
The Creation of Inequality by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus. How our prehistoric ancestors set the stage for monarchy, slavery, and empire.
The Penguin History of the World by J. M. Roberts. From early civilizations to the computer age and beyond, this acclaimed book offers a sweeping look at world history. Includes 90 maps.
Oxford Atlas of World History: Concise Edition edited by Patrick K. O'Brien. From the origins of humanity to the year 2000.
The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine. How goods, languages, religions, and cultures spread across and along the world's waterways. Learn how a once-enslaved East African king brought Islam to his people, what China's Song Dynasty did with human-powered paddleboats, and how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea.
Ignorance Is Blitz compiled by Anders Henriksson. Need a laugh? Check out this very funny book, which covers world history through the eyes of befuddled college students, from prehistoricle times to the Age of Now. Get the inside scoop on Noah's wife Joan of Ark, Caesar's death on the Yikes of March, Archduke Ferdinand's assignation, and more! (Originally published under the title Non Campus Mentis.)
A Treasury of Royal Scandals by Michael Farquhar. The shocking true stories of history's wickedest, weirdest, most wanton kings, queens, tsars, popes, and emperors.
Napoleon's Privates: 2,500 Years of History Unzipped by Tony Perrottet. The theft of Napoleon's private parts after his death, whether champagne glasses were really molded upon Marie Antoinette's breasts, and similar historical mysteries.
The March of Folly by Barbara W. Tuchman details four turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly, including the Trojan War and the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III.
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Kingship: The Politics of Enchantment by Francis Oakley. Traces the history of kingship from around 8,000 BC to the modern industrial world. Considers the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, emperors of Japan, Maya rulers, medieval popes and emperors, and early modern English and French monarchs, focusing on kingship's connection with the sacred.
Kings or People: Power and the Mandate to Rule by Reinhard Bendix explores the role of royal prerogative in history.
Every Inch a King: Comparative Studies on Kings and Kingship in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds edited by Lynette Mitchell and Charles Melville. Brings together studies of kingly power from Cyrus the Great and Alexander in the ancient world to Shah Abbas in the 17th century. Covers the European Middle Ages, Iran, and the Muslim world.
Universal Empire: A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History edited by Peter Fibiger Bang and Dariusz Kolodziejczyk. Traces the claim by certain rulers to universal empire in classical antiquity, the Islamic world, Asia and Central America, and 17th and 18th century Europe.
In the King's Shadow by Philip Manow. How medieval ideas about kingship have influenced modern representative democracy.
Books About Royal Tiaras & Jewels
Books About Imperial Jeweler Faberge
The Court and Court Society in Ancient Monarchies by A. J. S. Spawforth. Examines Achaemenid and Sassanian Persia, the empire of Alexander, Rome under the Caesars, the Han rulers of China, and Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty.
Royal Courts in Dynastic States and Empires: A Global Perspective edited by Jeroen Duindam, Tülay Artan and Metin Kunt. Research on royal courts from antiquity to the modern world, from Asia to Europe, including architecture, staff organization, and the relationship of the ruler with relatives and other elites.
The Royal Hunt in Eurasian History by Thomas T. Allsen. From antiquity to the 19th century, the royal hunt was a vital component of the political cultures of the Middle East, India, Central Asia, and China. Royal hunts functioned as inspection tours and imperial progresses.
Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World by Beatrice K. Otto. Court jesters were everywhere, from ancient China and Mogul India to medieval Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. This book highlights little-known jesters and their humanizing influence on powerful people.
Charlemagne's Tablecloth: A Piquant History of Feasting
by Nichola Fletcher. This exploration of history's great feasting tables answers riddles such as "Why did Charlemagne use an asbestos tablecloth at his feasts?"
Feast: A History of Grand Eating by Roy Strong. From ancient empires and their revels to the banqueting customs of the early 20th century.
Books About European Courts
Books About English Royalty & Courts
Postcards of Lost Royals by Bodleian Library. Postcards depicting royals from around the world who lost their titles in the early 20th century. Includes the Balkans, the Iberian Peninsula, Ethiopia, Korea, Russia, and Germany.
Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute by Michael Zwerdling. More than 580 full-color images from postcards depicting nurses from the 1890s to the present. Includes 20 pages of portraits of royal nurses and nursing patrons (mostly European) along with informative notes about the role played by royalty in the history of postcards and nursing.
Royal Weddings edited by Friederike Haedecke and Julia Melchior. A look at the pageantry of royal weddings in such countries as Sweden, Japan, and Spain. Includes color and black-and-white illustrations, including wedding invitations and little-known photos capturing private moments. Text in English and German.
Royal Style: A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons by Luise Wackerl. From shoe aficionado Louis XIV to Kate Middleton, this is an overview of royal fashion trends. Includes Marie Antoinette, Empresses Sisi of Austria and Eugenie of France, Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, Jordan's Queen Rania, and Princess Letizia of Spain.
The Character of Kingship edited by Declan Quigley. Gives an overview of the anthropology of kingship and the debates about the nature and function of royal ritual.
The Royals by the editors of LIFE. Photos of royals that first appeared in LIFE magazine and the stories behind them. Includes British royals, Queen Noor of Jordan, Princess Grace of Monaco.
The Royals: Their Lives, Loves and Secrets by the editors of People Magazine. Goes behind palace walls to reveal the luxurious lifestyles of the rich and royal from around the world. Revised and updated for 2010.
Rock and Royalty by Gianni Versace. Includes images of royalty through history, including Queen Victoria, Empress Catherine of Russia, and a young Queen Elizabeth II. Royalties benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
When Cats Reigned Like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats by Georgie Anne Geyer. The history of human-feline relations and cats' exalted status among the ancients as royal or sacred beings.
Royal Dates With Destiny by Robert Easton. Short vignettes describing the deaths of the world's most powerful people, presented in calendar form with at least one entry for each day of the year.
Napoleon Wasn't Short (& St Patrick Wasn't Irish): When History Gets It Wrong by Andrea Barham. A lighthearted look at the myths, fabrications, and ambiguities found in the annals of world history.
Napoleon's Hemorrhoids: And Other Small Events That Changed History by Phil Mason. Anecdotes about the tiny ripples that created big waves in history. Why does Canada owe its economy to a red fox? What were Einstein's last words? How did Napoleon's hemorrhoids influence the Battle of Waterloo?
On Kings by David Graeber & Marshall Sahlins. This collection of essays by two anthropologists explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically.
Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Self-Proclaimed Nations by John Ryan. A humorous mock-guidebook to self-proclaimed nations such as Sealand and Hutt River Province, and the quirky characters who've set themselves up as presidents, emperors, and Serene Highnesses. Features color photos, maps, flags, and stamps.
Recently Published Royalty Books
Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs by Charis Cotter. Discusses the lives of King Tut; Mary, Queen of Scots; Queen Christina of Sweden; Puyi, the last emperor of China; and the current Dalai Lama of Tibet. Nonfiction for children ages 9 to 12.
Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled
by Milton Meltzer, illustrated by Bethanne Andersen. Looks at how rulers through history have used and abused power. For children ages 9 to 12.
World Leaders: People Who Shaped the World by Rob Nagel, edited by Anne Commire. A set of books for middle school children that covers royalty in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
Real-Life Royalty by Starshine Roshell. A look at modern royals from around the world. For children ages 9 to 12.
The King Who Barked: Real Animals Who Ruled by Charlotte Foltz Jones, illustrated by Yayo. Incitatus the horse was made a consul in the Roman Empire. He had a marble stable and ate oats mixed with flakes of gold. Then there was Saur, a dog declared king during the days of the Vikings, who signed decrees with his paw. For children ages 4 to 8.
Books About Monarchy
Monarchy by Jennifer Fandel. This book examines monarchy as a form of government. For children ages 9 to 12.
Monarchy by LeeAnne Gelletly. A look at monarchy as a form of world government. For ages 10 and up.
What Is a Monarchy? by Robyn Hardyman. A book from the Understanding Political Systems series.
Monarchies by Diane Gimpel. A look at world governments. For young adult readers.
Feudalism, Monarchies, and Nobility edited by Jeanne Nagle. This educational book provides a firm grounding in the political, social, and economic implications of rule by monarchy. For teen readers.
Monarchy (Political and Economic Systems) by Richard Tames and David Downing. For young adults.
Monarchy by by Nathaniel Harris. This book from the "Systems of Government" series looks at monarchy in the world today and examines its history. For children ages 9 to 12.
Dirty Rotten Rulers: History's Villains & Their Dastardly Deeds by Jim Pipe and Mauro Mazzara. An illustrated look at the world's most infamous rulers, for children ages 8 to 12.
Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns by Elizabeth MacLeod. Tells the stories of Cleopatra, Vlad the Impaler, Marie Antoinette, and others. For children ages 9 to 12.
Merciless Monarchs and Ruthless Royalty by Miriam Aronin. Some of history's royal leaders were just as vicious as they were powerful. Learn how they terrorized their enemies, subjects, and family members.
Dictators and Tyrants: Stories of Ruthless Rulers by Michael Burgan, illustrated by Daniel Perez. Nonfiction for children ages 9 to 12.
The DVDs listed below are formatted for North American audiences.
Royal Families of the World. This three-video set profiles 13 modern-day royal dynasties, including Britain, Monaco, the Austrian Habsburgs, Thailand, Morocco, and Jordan.
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