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Published in September 2015
Modern British Royalty
Backstairs Billy: The Life of William Tallon, the Queen Mother's Most Devoted Servant by Tom Quinn. Biography of the shopkeeper's son who worked for the Queen Mother for more than 50 years. He was charming, amusing, occasionally bitchy -- and promiscuous.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family: A Glorious Illustrated History by DK Publishing. Photos and timelines illuminate the life and reign of Elizabeth II.
The King's Private Army by Andrew Stewart. During the Second World War an elite bodyguard was established to protect the British royal family in the event of a German invasion. This study draws on previously unseen documents, interviews and archival material.
The Future Royal Family: William, Kate and the Modern Royals by Robert Jobson. Previously published as The New Royal Family, this new edition includes the period from Prince George's birth to the arrival of Princess Charlotte.
British Royal History
Tea Fit for a Queen: Recipes & Drinks for Afternoon Tea by Historic Royal Palaces. Stories and anecdotes about British royals and their connection to the tradition of afternoon tea. Includes more than 40 recipes for everything from delicate finger sandwiches to Victoria sponge cake.
England, Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381 by Juliet Barker. The dramatic and shocking Peasants' Revolt is the backdrop for this look at everyday life in the Middle Ages, exploring why ordinary men and women united in armed rebellion against church and state.
Writing the Monarch in Jacobean England by Jane Rickard. How Jonson, Donne and Shakespeare and others commented upon and reworked the writings of King James VI and I.
The Philosopher King and the Pictish Nation by Julianna Grigg. Examines the emergence of Pictland (in what is now Scotland) during the 8th century as a cohesive nation under dynastic kingship.
Shah Abbas: The King Who Refashioned Iran by Sholeh Quinn. Shah Abbas (1597-1629) is the most well-known king of Iran's Safavid dynasty. When he came to power, his country was in chaos. Within 11 years he had regained lost territory, moved his capital city, and begun a transformation of Iranian society.
Sacred Founders by Diliana Angelova. From the time of Roman emperor Augustus through early Byzantium, the connection between imperial and sacred art helped legitimize the authority of the emperor and his family.
Kings Into Gods: How Prostration Shaped Eurasian Civilizations by Vittorio Cotesta. Analyzes the connection between rituality and royalty among the ancient Greeks and Romans, Mongolians in the Middle Ages, the Hindu and Chinese, 14th century India, the Mughals, and Europeans in the late Middle Ages.
Napoleon's Mameluke: The Memoirs of Roustam Raeza edited by Jonathan North. Roustam Raza was sold into slavery in Egypt, then given to Napoleon in 1799. For 15 years he was Napoleon's personal bodyguard. His reminiscences include Russia in 1812 and life in the imperial palaces.
Game of Queens: A Novel of Vashti and Esther by India Edghill. Power and treachery, blood and deception, bravery and romance surround the court of King Ahasuerus of Persia.
The Sisters of Versailles: A Novel by Sally Christie. The first book in a trilogy about King Louis XV, France's most "well-beloved" monarch, and the women who shared his bed and his heart.
Anne & Henry: A Love Worth Losing Your Head Over by Dawn Ius. This novel for teenagers imagines Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn as high school students in the United States.
Published in August 2015
The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II by Karen Dolby. A collection of some of the Queen's witty, sarcastic, and humorous observations.
King John (Mis)remembered by Igor Djordjevic. Argues that King John is remembered as a villain due to the work of three later playwrights.
Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion by Valerie Schutte. How dedications reveal perceptions of statecraft, religion, and gender. Includes a catalog of all books known to have been in Queen Mary I's possession.
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.
World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire by Hugh Thomas. Chronicles the lives, loves, conflicts, and conquests of the men and women who carved up the Americas for the glory of Spain.
The Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Volume I edited by Nadine Akkerman. Daughter of England's King James I, Elizabeth became the wife of Frederick V, Elector Palatine. This volume covers her life between 1603 and 1631, including Elizabeth's experiences of marital and court life, showing her slow transformation into an independent stateswoman.
Scholars and Poets Talk About Queens edited by Carole Levin and Christine Stewart-Nuñez. This collection of essays shows how queens were represented in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany by Michael V. Leggiere. Two-volume set. This is the first comprehensive history of the Franco-Prussian War of 1813.
Ashoka in Ancient India by Nayanjot Lahiri. In the third century BC, Ashoka ruled much of modern-day India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Future generations saw him as the ideal Buddhist king. This biography disentangles his life from the legend that surrounds it.
A Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices, and Tsunamis by Tim Hannigan. The story of Indonesia includes kings, traders, missionaries, soldiers and revolutionaries, stormy sea crossings, fiery volcanoes, and the occasional tiger.
Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali'i by Leah Pualahaole Caldeira. Feather cloaks and capes provided spiritual protection to Hawaiian chiefs while proclaiming their royal status. Through photographs and scholarly essays, this book highlights rare surviving examples.
The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory. Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow, has no choice when King Henry VIII commands her to become his sixth wife.
The Lion of Judah by Janice L. Dennie. Prince Johannes of Ethiopia is torn apart by civil war in his country. He comes to the United States and meets the woman of his dreams. (Romance novel.)
Prisoner of the Queen by E. Knight. Kindhearted Katherine Grey, sister of executed Lady Jane, finds herself surrounded by danger at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King's Court by Marci Jefferson. Louis XIV is captivated by Marie Mancini's charm. Her rival for his attention is her own sister, Olympia.
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