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Published in February 2019
Aethelred the Unready: The Failed King by Richard Abels. English king Aethelred reigned over a wealthy country for nearly 38 years, but he faced challenges that he, his advisers and generals were unable to overcome.
Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn by Lauren MacKay. Anne Boleyn's father and brother were skilled ambassadors and courtiers in the court of her husband, Henry VIII. But when the queen fell from grace, it devastated her family.
Nero: Emperor and Court by John F. Drinkwater. Explores court politics, the Fire of 64, Nero's Golden House, and the huge underlying strength of the Julio-Claudian empire.
The Bulgarian State in 927-969: The Epoch of Tsar Peter I edited by Miroslaw J. Leszka and Kiril Marinow. A comprehensive and balanced image of the reign of Peter I and the role he played in the history of medieval Bulgaria.
Catherine & Diderot: The Empress, the Philosopher, and the Fate of the Enlightenment by Robert Zaretsky. A dual biography crafted around the famous encounter between the French philosopher Denis Diderot, who wrote about power, and the Russian empress Catherine II (Catherine the Great), who wielded it.
Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe by Moniek Bloks. Carolina (1743-1787) was the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange, stadtholder of the Netherlands. She acted as regent for her minor brother, William V.
Medieval Art in Motion: The Inventory and Gift Giving of Queen Clémence de Hongrie by Mariah Proctor-Tiffany. After the death of her husband, French king Louis X, young Clémence fought for her status by displaying her possessions and giving luxurious gifts. Illustrated.
Rani Laxmibai: Warrior-Queen of Jhansi by Pratibha Ranade. The British annexed Indian queen Lakshmibai's kingdom and humiliated her, but she fought valiantly and died a hero.
Serving Byzantium's Emperors: The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates by Dimitris Krallis. A microhistory of 11th-century Byzantium built around the biography of a state official whose life raise questions of identity, governance, elite culture, Romanness, Hellenism, science and skepticism.
Published in January 2019
Drina & Lilibet: Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II From Birth to Accession by Julia P. Gelardi. This book compares and contrasts the two British royals as they went from princess to queen.
Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life by Lucy Worsley. Recreates the most important days in Victoria's life. Each day gives a glimpse into the identity of this powerful, difficult queen.
Before Wallis: Edward VIII's Other Women by Rachel Trethewey. About future King Edward VIII's adoration for Rosemary Leveson Gower, Freda Dudley Ward, and Thelma Furness.
Tudors and Stuarts
Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him by Tracy Borman. About the men who surrounded and interacted with King Henry VIII as companions and confidants, servants and ministers, and rivals.
Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII's Sister by Melanie Clegg. Biography of a woman who hurtled from one disaster to the next, a victim of her own poor choices and of the hostility between her son and her brother.
The Stuarts: A Very British Dynasty by Dr Andrew Lacey. Examines the Stuart kings and queens, from their early days as rulers of Scotland to their exile from the English throne.
Art and Royalty
Alexander the Great: From His Death to the Present Day by John Boardman. How Alexander has been represented in art and literature through the ages.
Gendered Power: Educated Women of the Meiji Empress' Court by Mamiko C. Suzuki. Focuses on the role Chinese classics (kanbun) played in the language employed by elite women, including Empress Haruko.
Nefertiti's Face: The Creation of an Icon by Joyce Tyldesley. About the famous bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti, from its ancient origins to its modern discovery and role as a political pawn. New paperback edition.
Inside the World of the Eunuch: A Social History of the Emperor's Servants in Qing China by Melissa Dale. Seeking more control over their lives, eunuchs repeatedly tested the boundaries of subservience to the emperor and his court.
Prince Charles by Izzi Howell. A biography of the Prince of Wales for children ages 9 to 11.
The Duchess and Guy: A Rescue-to-Royalty Puppy Love Story by Nancy Furstinger, illustrated by Julia Bereciartu. Picture book inspired by the true story of Meghan Markle and her pet beagle, Guy. For children ages 4 to 7.
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