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The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King by Seymour I. Schwartz. Combining a history of 16th-century medicine and European politics, the author explains how the death of King Henry II of France after a jousting accident changed the world. Published in April 2015.

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Published in May 2015

Modern British Royalty

William & Catherine's New Royal Family: Celebrating the Arrival of Princess Charlotte by Ian Lloyd. Photos of William and Kate's engagement and wedding, her first pregnancy, Prince George and his new sister.

The Royal Touch: Simply Stunning Home Cooking from a Royal Chef by Carolyn Robb. Recipes from a former personal chef to Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry.

British Royal History

Princess Helena: Queen Victoria's Third Daughter by John Van der Kiste. This concise biography examines Helena's life, work and relationships with her family.

The Family of Richard III by Michael Hicks. The Wars of the Roses were quarrels within the Plantagenet family. The York dynasty won the first war, but the Yorkist establishment shared in Richard III's destruction. This book concludes with an analysis of Richard's DNA and his 'family' as it exists today.

England's Queens: From Catherine of Aragon to Elizabeth II by Elizabeth Norton. English queenship from Henry' VIII's wives through the Tudors, Stuarts, Hanoverians, and the House of Windsor.

The Dublin King by John Ashdown-Hill. Examines whether Lambert Simnel was an impostor or one of the lost Princes in the Tower.

The Laws of the Earliest English Kings edited and translated by F. L. Attenborough. Early Anglo-Saxon laws, with a facing-page modern English translation. Covers the laws from Aethelbert to Aethelstan. New paperback edition.

Tudors and Stuarts

Henry VIII's Last Love: The Life of Katherine Willoughby by David Baldwin. In 1533, Katherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's closest friend. After Brandon's death, it was rumoured that Henry intended to wed Katherine. Hers was a life of privilege mixed with tragedy and danger, losing both her sons to illness and being forced into exile in Poland.

The Other Tudor Princess by Mary McGrigor. A fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Douglas, granddaughter of Henry VII and niece of Henry VIII.

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood by Robert Hutchinson. The spy who stole the crown jewels and became King Charles II's secret agent.


Claudius by Barbara Levick. Reassesses the reign of Roman emperor Claudius to reveal an intelligent politician ruthlessly determined to secure his position as ruler.

A Companion to Julius Caesar edited by Miriam Griffin. Thirty essays explores Caesar from a variety of perspectives: military genius, ruthless tyrant, brilliant politician, sophisticated man of letters. New paperback edition.

Rome and the Friendly King: The Character of Client Kingship by David C. Braund. How a client king's power related to Roman authority and to his subjects. First published in 1984.


Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy by Navina Najat Haidar and Marika Sardar. This catalogue includes site photographs and lush landscape images, along with discussions of 200 of the finest Deccani works. Includes essays, maps, and illustrated appendices.

The Tombs of Tibetan Kings by Giuseppe Tucci. Details the structural, aesthetic and symbolic characteristics of ancient Tibetan royal tombs.


The Last German Empress: Empress Augusta Victoria, Consort of Emperor William II by John Van der Kiste. Biography. Born a princess of Schleswig-Holstein in 1858, "Dona" was a steadying influence on her unstable husband.

Kingdoms and Chiefdoms of Southeastern Africa: Oral Traditions and History, 1400-1830 by Elizabeth A. Eldredge. The social and political history of early precolonial peoples, including the regions of modern KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, southern Mozambique, and Lesotho.

The End of Empire: Napoleon's 1814 Campaign by George Nafziger. Of all his campaigns, Napoleon's 1814 campaign was one of his most brilliant. This book includes specially commissioned maps.

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.

The Architecture of Late Assyrian Royal Palaces by David Kertai. The Late Assyrian Empire (c. 900 - 612 BCE) was the first state to rule over the major centres of the Middle East. This book offers an introduction to key royal palaces in Assur, Kalhu, Dur-Sharruken, and Nineveh.


The Serpent's Tooth by Alex Rutherford. Devastated by the death of his wife, the once ruthless Indian emperor Shah Jahan devotes himself to constructing the Taj Mahal. Meanwhile the enmity building between his sons could bring down the entire empire. (This is the fifth book in the Empire of the Moghul series; the previous books are Raiders From the North, A Kingdom Divided, Ruler of the World, and The Tainted Throne.)

Children's Books

See Inside Famous Palaces by Megan Cullis, illustrated by Barry Ablett. Pictures of famous palaces, including Versailles, Hampton Court Palace, the Al Hambra, Topkapi, and the Amber Fort, with flaps to lift for a look inside each building.

Published in April 2015


King John: And the Road to Magna Carta by Stephen Church. This biography explains how a king famous for his misrule gave rise to Magna Carta, the blueprint for good governance.

Joan of Kent: First Princess of Wales by Penny Lawne. Born in 1328 and brought up at English court after the execution of her father, Joan secretly married at age 12 and refused to deny her first love despite imprisonment. She went on to marry the Black Prince, and became the mother of King Richard II.

Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Richard Mullen and James Munson. This biography grew out of a BBC radio series. Its emphasis is on Victoria's personality, showing how she was good, human, likeable, and peculiar.

The Little Book of Mary Queen of Scots by Mickey Mayhew. First-hand anecdotes and extracts from diaries, letters, and rare historical sources.

Exploring English Castles: Evocative, Romantic, and Mysterious True Tales of the Kings and Queens of the British Isles by Ed Morris. A guide to some of the most historical and picturesque castles in England.

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.

William and Kate's Britain by Claudia Joseph. A guide to the haunts of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Richard III

Richard III: The King in the Car Park by Terry Breverton. This biography places Richard in the context of his times and assesses the likelihood of other candidates put forward to have killed his nephews, the Princes in the Tower.

The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered by the Greyfriars Research Team. The official behind-the-scenes story of the discovery of Richard III's remains, based on the research of the specialists directly involved.

The World of Richard III by Kristie Dean. A journey through the landscape of Richard's time, including castles, cathedrals, manor homes, and chapels, with photographs, floor plans, and images.


Frederick the Wise: Seen and Unseen Lives of Martin Luther's Protector by Sam Wellman. Biography of Frederick III of Saxony, who risked his realm to protect the fiery monk Martin Luther.

The Madness of Alexander the Great: And the Myth of Military Genius by Richard A Gabriel. Argues that, while Alexander was clearly a successful soldier-adventurer, the evidence of real greatness is not there.

Of Chronicles and Kings: National Saints and the Emergence of Nation States in the Early Middle Ages edited by John Bergsagel, Thomas Riis, and David Hiley. Scholars analyze the earliest account of Danish history, the Roskilde Chronicle.


Marcus Agrippa: Right-hand Man of Caesar Augustus by Lindsay Powell. Marcus Agrippa waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and married Augustus's daughter Julia. His bloodline lived on in the imperial family to his grandson Caligula and great-grandson Nero.

Rome's Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire by Joyce E. Salisbury. The daughter of Roman emperor Theodosius I, Galla Placidia was taken hostage after the fall of Rome to the Goths.


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.

1815: The Return of Napoleon by Paul Britten Austin. Presents the story of Napoleon's escape from Elba and his march on Paris in the words of eyewitnesses and participants.

Bonaparte: 1769-1802 by Patrice Gueniffey, translated by Steven Rendall. Follows Napoleon Bonaparte from his obscure boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Revolutionary wars, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802.


The King in Exile: The Fall of the Royal Family of Burma by Sudha Shah. During their reign, King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat of Burma were treated as demigods. After a war against Britain in 1885, their kingdom was lost and the family exiled to India. Includes photos.

Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy by Phyllis Birnbaum. Aisin Gioro Xianyu (1907-1948), the daughter of a Manchu prince, was raised by a Japanese friend to restore the Manchus to their former glory. Her dedication to this cause ultimately got her killed.

Fighting Emperors of Byzantium by John Carr. Assesses the contribution of emperors whose military leadership determined the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.


Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer. Anastasia Romanov and her fellow grand duchesses of Russia pay a heavy price for royalty. For ages 12 and up.

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