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Royal Gardens: Extraordinary Edens From Around the World by Stéphane Bern, photos by Jean-Baptiste Leroux. An illustrated walk through some of the most beautiful royal gardens in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Royal Gardens of the World: 21 Celebrated Gardens, From the Alhambra to Highgrove and Beyond by Mark Lane. About royal gardens in England, Scotland, Austria, Bali, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and Sweden.

The Power of Place: Rulers and Their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places by David Rollason. Explores the nature of power through the places rulers created or developed.

British Palaces

The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh. Takes readers on a tour of the royal residences and tells the personal family stories behind them. Illustrated.

Royal Britain: Historic Palaces, Castles and Houses by Jane Struthers. This book takes the reader on a tour of more than 30 locations, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, and the Tower of London.

The Royal Gardeners by Alan Titchmarsh. Looks at the history of Britain's royal gardens from medieval times to the present day. Illustrated with original plans, designs, letters, planting records and diagrams of surviving gardens.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Castles, Palaces & Stately Houses of Britain & Ireland by Charles Phillips. An illustrated history of the castles, royal residences and historic houses of Britain and Northern Ireland. Includes maps.

Royal Homes and Gardens by Halima Sadat. A short, illustrated look at Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, Balmoral, and others.

Haunted Royal Homes by Joan Forman. Focuses on British royal homes.

Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia: The Official History by Richard Johnstone-Bryden. The author interviewed members of the royal family, royal yachtsmen, those who built the yacht, and those involved in her preservation.

The Royal Yacht Britannia: Inside the Queen's Floating Palace by Brian Hoey. The story of the Royal Yacht Britannia from 1939 through to her decommissioning in 1997.


Sandringham Days: The Domestic Life of the Royal Family in Norfolk, 1862-1952 by John Matson. Draws on letters, diaries and contemporary reports.

Books About Stuart Royal Palaces


Books About England's Royal Castles & Palaces


With Thy Towers High: Stirling Castle - the Archaeology of a Castle and a Palace by Gordon Ewart and Dennis Gallagher. Almost every Scottish monarch has left a mark on Stirling Castle, which has served as a strategic stronghold and a residence.

The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry. Provides details on the fortified buildings of Scotland, including histories, ownership, locations, and visitor access. This edition covers over 2300 sites, from the largest strongholds to the smallest ruins. Includes maps.

Scottish Houses and Gardens by Ian Gow. Photos of famous palaces, castles, and houses from the archives of Country Life, including Holyroodhouse and Glamis.

Forteviot: A Pictish & Scottish Royal Centre by Nick Aitchison. This first full-scale study of this famous site in Scotland throws new light on Pictish kingship and of the most powerful Pictish kings, Unuist son of Uurguist.

Edinburgh Castle: Scotland's Haunted Fortress by Barbara Knox. For children ages 9 to 12.

Books About Balmoral Castle
Books About Glamis Castle


The Palace of Holyroodhouse: Official Guidebook by Deborah Clarke. Includes plans of the Palace, paintings, drawings, historic documents and photographs of the State Rooms.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse: Official Souvenir by Pamela Hartshorne. The official Royal Collection guidebook to Holyroodhouse, the Queen's formal Scottish residence, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

More Books About the Palace of Holyroodhouse

British Castles

Houses of the National Trust by Lydia Greeves. Interior and exterior design of more than 250 properties, including houses, churches, windmills, castles, barns, and even pubs. This is a companion to Gardens of the National Trust by Stephen Lacey.

Medieval Castles, Stately & Historic Houses of Great Britain & Northern Ireland by Charles Phillips. From ancient times to the Wars of the Roses and 1485.

Castles & Palaces of the Tudors & Stuarts by Charles Phillips. The golden age of Britain's historic and stately houses.

The Stately Houses, Palaces & Castles of Georgian, Victorian and Modern Britain by Charles Phillips. An in-depth guide to the history of every house, with information on design, construction, best-known inhabitants, and celebrated architects.

Castles in Context: Power, Symbolism and Landscape 1066-1500 by Robert Liddiard. Focusing on castle archaeology in England and Wales, this book examines how people experienced castles in the Middle Ages, and why they were such potent icons of lordship. Illustrated.

Castles of Britain and Ireland: The Ultimate Reference Book: A Region-By-Region Guide to over 1,350 Castles by Plantagenet Somerset Fry, photos by David Lyons.


Forbidden City: The Great Within by May Holdsworth and Caroline Courtauld, photos by Hu Chui. A blend of history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits, and illustrations evokes 500 years of imperial China through the story of its palace, the Forbidden City.

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City by Nancy Berliner. Illustrations and essays on the Qianlong Garden and its artworks, published to accompany an exhibition.

Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty by Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang. Explores the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China and the Imperial Palace in Shenyang, China, with 159 color photographs, 28 illustrations and figures, two charts, and two maps.

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures From the Palace Museum, Beijing by Li Jian. This book accompanies an exhibition of the same name. More than 200 works of art -- court paintings, furniture, costumes, sculpture, decorative objects, arms, and armor -- from the Ming and Qing dynasties are reproduced in full color.

Forbidden City: China's Imperial Palace by Barbara Knox. Nonfiction for children ages 9 to 12.

Royal Gardens: Private Gardens of the Imperial Family by Cheng Liyao. The development of Chinese imperial gardens from the Shang dynasty to the Qing dynasty. Includes 131 color photographs, 16 illustrations and figures, and two maps.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace by Yao Tianxin. More than 60 photos of the world's largest imperial garden. Chinese/English edition.

Liberal Barbarism: The European Destruction of the Palace of the Emperor of China by Erik Ringmar. In 1860, British and French armies, bent on "civilizing" the Chinese, destroyed Yuanmingyuan, the Chinese imperial palace north-west of Beijing, which housed one of the greatest art collections ever assembled.

Barbarian Lens: Western Photographers of the Qianlong Emperor's European Palaces by Regine Thiriez. This book offers extremely rare photographs of the Summer Palace, a complex of gardens and palaces that was burned and looted by Western armies in 1860.

China's Lost Imperial Garden: The World's Most Exquisite Garden Rediscovered by Guo Daiheng. Built in 1707, the Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan) has been digitally reconstructed in recent years. This book reveals what the garden was like in its prime.

Books About the Emperors of China


Egyptian Palaces and Villas: Pashas, Khedives, and Kings by Shirley Johnston, photographs by Sherif Sonbol. Tells the stories of the families and architects behind 41 spectacular villas and palaces. Illustrated with 174 original color photographs.


Dream Palaces: The Last Royal Courts of Europe by Jerome Coignard, photographs by Marc Walter. Offers a private tour through 19th century royal estates, including Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein, the Alexandra Cottage of Peterhof, and the lovely Castle of Miramare built for Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. Provides a brief overview of each royal family and their palaces, contemporary color photographs, period interior views, and family photographs.

Dream Sleeps: Castle & Palace Hotels of Europe (2nd Edition) by Pamela L. Barrus. A travel guide for those who want to live like royalty.

Royal Gardens of Europe by George Plumptre. Examines how royal gardens represented power; royal leisure gardens; the influence of English gardening on royalty in many European countries; restorations of important gardens; contemporary royal gardens; and more. Includes a directory of gardens.

Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure From the Palaces of Europe edited by Annamaria Giusti and Wolfram Koeppe. This beautiful catalogue provides a history of pietre dure, a form of hardstone carving that reached an artistic peak in Italy in the 16th century and spread throughout Europe.

Everything Castles by Crispin Boyer. Fun facts and photos shed light on the history of castles. For children ages 8 and up.


French Architectural Ornament: From Versailles, Fontainebleau and Other Palaces edited by Eugene Rouyer. A visual tour through royal salons, war rooms, and ballrooms, with decorative elements from doors, walls, fireplaces, cabinets, consoles, and friezes. 61 color and 100 black-and-white illustrations.


Versailles by Colin Jones. The vivid story of the creation, renovation, and legacy of the most famous building in France: the palace of Versailles.

Versailles: A Biography of a Palace by Tony Spawforth. Analyzes the politics behind the Sun King's construction of Versailles and how it worked as the seat of a royal court.

Visitors to Versailles: From Louis XIV to the French Revolution edited by Daniëlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide and Bertrand Rondot. Essays and illustrations explore what it was like to visit Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy.

Versailles: A Private Invitation by Guillaume Picon, photographs by Francis Hammond. Photos of the world's largest château, including numerous apartments and outbuildings inaccessible to the public. Includes Marie-Antoinette's boudoir, the wings of the Queen's theater, and the Orangerie on a wintery day.

Versailles by Valérie Bajou-Charpentreau. Covers the chateau's metamorphosis from hunting lodge to palace, the dismantling of its collections during the French Revolution, and its restoration and status as a UNESCO World Heritage site today. Includes an extensive photographic tour of the palace's treasures.

Versailles: The Great and Hidden Splendours of the Sun King's Palace by Catherine Pegard and Christopher Fouin. The Palace's official photographers open their personal albums to offer 250 previously unpublished photographs.

Versailles by Jean-Marie Perouse De Montclos. A coffee-table book of photos of the beautiful French palace.

Versailles Gardens by Beatrix Saule, photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux. Tells the story of the gardens created by Louis XIV, gardener Andre le Notre, artist Hardouin-Mansart, and architect Charles Le Brun.

Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet at Versailles: A Private Royal Retreat by Jacques Moulin and Yves Carlier, photos by Francis Hammond. Brings readers behind the scenes, including areas usually closed to the public.

The Louvre and Versailles: The Evolution of the Proto-typical Palace in the Age of Absolutism by Christopher Tadgell. Detailed architectural analysis is set in the context of absolutism, court etiquette, and the French monarchy's financial incontinence.

Palace of Versailles: France's Royal Jewel by Linda Tagliaferro. For children ages 9 to 12.

Books About Louis XIV

Other French Palaces

A Day at Château de Fontainebleau by Guillaume Picon, photos by Eric Sander. This illustrated, slipcased volume recounts the history of the palace -- one of the few royal residences left intact during the French Revolution.

The Louvre: The Tale of a Palace by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier. The story of the Louvre from its construction as a medieval fortress to the present day -- a dramatic saga of French history and royalty. 200 illustrations.

The Louvre: The Many Lives of the World's Most Famous Museum by James Gardner. The story of the Louvre, from humble fortress to French royal palace to great art museum.


The Dresden Zwinger by Matthias Donath and Dirk Welch. About the baroque German palace designed in the 18th century for Augustus II the Strong.

Albrechtsburg Meissen by Matthias Donath and Andre Thieme. The history of the first modern residential palace in Saxony, Germany, built by the Wettin Electors and Dukes of Saxony.

The Castles of King Ludwig II by Ernst Wrba and Michael Kühler. This illustrated study includes details on Neuschwanstein Castle, Schloss Linderhof (the only castle to be finished), and Schloss Herrenchiemsee.

More Books About Ludwig II & His Palaces


Great Country Houses of Hungary by Lord Michael Pratt, photographs by Gerhard Trumler. Baroque castles and rococo villas dot Hungary's countryside, testaments to the wealth and power of the aristocracy.


Forts & Palaces of India: Sentinels of History by Bindu Manchanda.

India Sublime: Princely Palace Hotels of Rajasthan by Mitchell Shelby Crites and Ameeta Nanji, photographs by Melba Levick. With vast marble halls, mirrored rooms, mosaics, and tapestries, India's palaces are a visual feast. Many have been converted to hotels. This book is illustrated with more than 250 photos.

Royal Palaces of India by George Michell, photographs by Antonio Martinelli. Evokes life within the complexes and describes their defense, spacious audience halls, courtyards, temples, and private apartments.

Princely Rajasthan: Rajput Palaces and Mansions by George Michell, photos by Antonio Martinelli. Provides a glimpse into the lives of colorful Indian maharajas who lived in fantastic palaces. Illustrated with photos of the palaces and royal collections of paintings, furniture, and more.

Silent Splendour: Palaces of the Deccan, 14th-19th Centuries edited by Helen Philon, photographs by Clare Arni. The architecture of India's Deccan dynasties, from the Early Bahmani kingdom at Daulatabad to the Asaf Jahi rulers of Hyderabad.

Princely Palaces in New Delhi by Sumanta K Bhowmick. This book includes interviews with royalty and unpublished photographs from royal private collections.

Mighty Maharajas: Forts & Palaces of India by Amita Baig, photographs by Joginder Singh. Features some 60 palaces and royal forts, dating from antiquity through the colonial era (ending in 1947).

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts edited by Anna Jackson and Amin Jaffer. This lavishly illustrated book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, examines the world of the maharaja from the 18th century to 1947. Includes paintings, photographs, textiles and dress, jewelry, jeweled objects, metalwork, and furniture.

The City Palace Museum Udaipur by Andrew Topsfield. Paintings of court life in the Indian region of Mewar (Udaipur Kingdom).

The Vijayanagara Courtly Style: Incorporations and Synthesis in the Royal Architecture of Southern India, 15th-17th Centuries by George Michell. The Mysore Palace is only 86 years old. This book examines the history of other royal palaces in the region.

Books About the Taj Mahal


Palaces and Gardens of Persia by Yves Porter. From ancient mirrored shrines of Shiraz and geometric gardens of Kashan to the ornate domes of Ispahan, here is a photographic timeline of 3,000 years drawn in water, brick, and ceramic.

The Palace of Darius at Susa: The Great Royal Residence of Achaemenid Persia edited by Jean Perrot. A lavishly illustrated look at the discovery and excavation of the palace complex of the Darius I the Great (522-486 BC) in western Iran.


Katsura by Arata Isozaki. A detailed history of Katsura, the 17th-century imperial palace in Kyoto, often described as the "quintessence of Japanese taste." Includes photographs and drawings.


The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo edited by Emmanuel Ducamp, photos by Marc Walter. New photographs and archive images capture a bygone age of Romanov splendor. 340 illustrations, 289 in color.

The Winter Palace and the People: Staging and Consuming Russia's Monarchy, 1754-1917 by Susan P. McCaffrey. The story of the palace, monarchs and their capital city during the final years of Russian monarchy.

Pavlovsk: The Life of a Russian Palace by Suzanne Massie. The story begins in the late 18th Century with Catherine the Great's son, who was later assassinated. Over subsequent generations, the best architects and artisans worked on the palace. The palace was narrowly saved from rampaging Red Guards during the Russian Revolution -- only to fall later into the hands of the Nazis.

My Hermitage by Mikhail Piotrovsky, translated by Antonina W. Bouis. In a memoir, the Russian museum's longtime director takes the reader on a private tour and tells how the Hermitage survived tsars, wars, and revolutions.

The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure by Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy. One of the most valuable works in the history of art, the Amber Room was sent by Frederick I of Prussia to Peter the Great in 1717 as a gift. When the Nazis swept into St Petersburg, it disappeared from view, never to be seen again.

The Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum: Catherine the Great's Private Passion by Will Black, Simon Sebag Montefiore. A brief introduction to one of the world's most enchanting 18th century palaces.

Books About Russian Royalty
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Splendor of Tibet: The Potala Palace, Jewel of the Himalayas edited by Phuntsok Namgyal. Features over 150 color photographs of the Potala Palace, palace of the Dalai Lamas, including murals, statues, and enamel work, and palace exteriors.

More Books About Tibet
Books About the Dalai Lamas


Topkapi by Filiz Cagman. This guide describes the planning, architecture and history of the magnificent Ottoman imperial complex in Istanbul, Turkey.

Architecture, Ceremonial, and Power: The Topkapi Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries by Gulru Necipoglu.

Books About Byzantine Architecture
Books About Ottoman Architecture

Children's Books

The Palace by Kathryn Hinds. From the Life in the Medieval Muslim World series. For children ages 9 to 12.

Cool Castles and Palaces book series by Clara Bennington. Illustrated books about Windsor Castle, Versailles, the Forbidden City, and other royal residences. For children ages 6 to 9.

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Documentaries About Castles & Palaces

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.


The Queen's Palaces. Three films presented by Fiona Bruce tell the stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Includes comments from Prince Charles.

Castles of Scotland. Available on VHS tape. A tour of many dramatic fortresses, including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Castle Fraser, Fyvie Castle, Castle Levan, Caerlaverock Castle, Glamis Castle, Fort George, Eileen Donan Castle, Culzean Castle, and Kinloch Castle. Three volume set.

Britannia: The Palace at Sea is a 1998 documentary. VHS tape.


Versailles. A short documentary about the history of Versailles, from its beginnings as a hunting lodge in a swamp to its transformation into the most spectacular palace in Europe.

Global Treasures: Chateau De Versailles. A 2007 documentary.

Documentaries About Palaces in Hawaii
Documentaries About Palaces in Monaco
Videos & DVDs About Topkapi Palace in Turkey
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