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The Last Royal Rebel by Anna Keay. This is an excellent biography of British king Charles II's illegitimate son James, Duke of Monmouth. Here's my review of the book. It was published in May 2016.

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Published in June 2016


Alfred the Great by Barbara Yorke. Biography of the most famous and celebrated Anglo-Saxon king.

Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland. Eldest son of Henry II, Henry the Young King was crowned at 15, during his father's lifetime, to secure the succession. Denied direct rule, he waged war against his father and his brother Richard.

Henry V: The Life of the Warrior King & the Battle of Agincourt by Teresa Cole. Unimportant at birth, Henry became king before his 27th birthday and united a previously divided country.

Henry V by A. J. Pollard. A brief biography of one of England's most renowned military heroes.

The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I edited by Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte. A collection of essays exploring Queen Mary's life and the struggles she faced before and after her accession.


Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett. The life of the controversial Spanish queen who led her country out of the Middle Ages.

Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded England by Catherine Hanley. A biography of King Louis VIII of France. While he was still a prince, a group of English barons tried to put him on England's throne in a conflict now called the First Barons' War.

The Second French Republic, 1848-1852: A Political Reinterpretation by Christopher Guyver. Follows the story of the Second French Republic from its idealistic beginnings to its formal replacement by the Second Empire with Napoleon III as emperor.

Virtuous or Villainess? edited by Carey Fleiner and Elena Woodacre. The image of the royal mother, from the early medieval to the early modern era.


Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art From the National Palace Museum, Taipei by Jay Xu and Li He. Explores the identities of eight Chinese rulers who reigned from the early 12th through early 20th centuries, and how each ruler contributed to the arts.

Thailand's Theory of Monarchy by Patrick Jory. Examines the Theravada Buddhist foundations of Thailand's enduring institution of monarchy.


The Royal Nanny: A Novel by Karen Harper. In April of 1897, a young nanny arrives at Sandringham to care for the children of future king George V as their parents never could.

Published in May 2016

Modern British Royalty

The Queen at 90: A Royal Birthday Souvenir by Gill Knappett. A biography of Queen Elizabeth II in pictures.

The Queen's People. Featuring 42 portraits by Hugo Rittson Thomas, this hand-bound limited-edition volume captures the pageantry of the modern Royal Court's intricate ceremonial dress and regalia. Includes an essay by the Garter Principal King of Arms.

The State Visits of Edward VII: Reinventing Royal Diplomacy for the Twentieth Century by Matthew Glencross. Explores the revival of the ceremonial state visit, using information from the Royal Archives, memoirs and newspapers.

Edward VIII: The Uncrowned King by Piers Brendon. Drawing on unpublished material, this biography traces Edward's tumultuous life from bright young prince to troubled sovereign, wartime colonial governor, and sad expatriate.

British Royal History

Richard, Duke of York: King by Right by Matthew Lewis. Biography of the third Duke of York, whose unquenchable desire for the throne ignited the Wars of the Roses. He was the father of Edward IV and Richard III.

Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen by Kathryn Warner. Wife of King Edward II, Isabella of France (c. 1295-1358) rebelled against her husband and forced the first-ever abdication of an English king.

The Sister Queens: Isabella & Catherine de Valois by Mary McGrigor. Catherine de Valois, bride of Henry V, conducted a passionate love affair that founded the Tudor dynasty. Her sister Isabella was married aged seven to Richard II and fled England following his murder.

On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean. Explores the places associated with members of the royal York dynasty, including cathedrals, castles, battlefields and manor houses.

Tudors and Stuarts

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy. Only after she reached age 50 did Queen Elizabeth I begin to wield real power in her own right. This biography reveals the woman behind the polished veneer: wracked by insecurity, often too anxious to sleep alone, confronting war, economic crisis, and conspiracy.

James I: Scotland's King of England by John Matusiak. Biography of the flawed if well-meaning ruler, whose passionate commitment to time-honoured principles of government would, ironically, prove his undoing.

In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger. A guidebook to manors, castles, and palaces that played host to Henry's queens.


The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into an empire? And how did they lose it all?

The Cult of St Erik in Medieval Sweden by Christian Oertel. The veneration of a royal saint from the 12th century to the 16th century.

Constructing Autocracy: Aristocrats and Emperors in Julio-Claudian Rome by Matthew B. Roller. How the imperial regime managed to establish itself, and how Roman elites made sense of it. New paperback edition.

Ties of Kinship: Genealogy and Dynastic Marriage in Kyivan Rus' by Christian Raffensperger. An analysis of the dynastic marriages of the descendants of Volodimer (Vladimir I), ruler of the medieval East Slavic state of Kievan Rus. Includes genealogical charts.


Marie-Antoinette, Daughter of the Caesars by Elena Maria Vidal. Biography that consider Marie Antoinette in light of her heritage as a child of the Habsburg dynasty and a representative of Christendom.

Betsy and the Emperor by Anne Whitehead. Brings to life Napoleon's last years on Saint Helena, revealing the role of the Balcombe family and pretty teenager Betsy Balcombe.


Celestial Women: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China From Song to Qing by Keith McMahon. Follows the strong and active women, of both high and low rank, who counseled emperors, ghostwrote for them, and dominated them when they were weak.

Four Seasons: A Ming Emperor and His Grand Secretaries in Sixteenth-Century China by John W. Dardess. How Emperor Jiajing and his four successive grand secretaries managed affairs of state, drawing on the grand secretaries' personal writings.

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.


Exile in Colonial Asia: Kings, Convicts, Commemoration edited by Ronit Ricci. Many people were touched by exile within and from colonial Asia between the 17th and early 20th centuries, among them royalty, slaves, convicts, rebels, soldiers and officials.

Working Towards the Monarchy: The Politics of Space in Downtown Bangkok by Serhat Ünaldi. For decades the architecture in central Bangkok has helped protect the sacred aura of Thailand's monarchy. When marginalized Thais turned against royal charisma, they attacked the architecture that represented and supported it.


Crowds and Sultans: Urban Protest in Late Medieval Egypt and Syria by Amina Elbendary. During the 15h century, the Mamluk sultanate that ruled Egypt and Syria faced a series of challenges, from recurrent plagues to changes in international trade routes.

Seleukid Royal Women: Creation, Representation and Distortion of Hellenistic Queenship in the Seleukid Empire edited by Altay Coskun and Alex McAuley. Scholars examine how royal women of the Seleucid dynasty were represented in visual and textual media.

Imperial Exile by Keith Bowers. This book tells the story of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie's exile in Bath, England in the 1930s after his country was invaded by Italy. (Currently available at Amazon.com for Kindle only.)


Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir. Fictional account of the life of Henry VIII's first queen, who was forced to fight for her faith, her legitimacy, and her heart. This is the first novel in Weir's Six Tudor Queens series.

Mistress of the Court by Laura Purcell. Novel about King George II's mistress Henrietta Howard, who started her career as his wife's lady-in-waiting.

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