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Published in December 2013
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir. Biography. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth married Henry VII, ending the Wars of the Roses and uniting the houses of York and Lancaster. She was the mother of King Henry VIII.
The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley. Playboy son of Queen Victoria, Edward VII confounded his critics by reinventing the monarchy for the 20th century. This biography portrays his age in all its excess and eccentricity. (Previously published under the title Bertie.)
Owain Gwynedd: Prince of the Welsh by Roger Turvey. A study of the life and career of Owain Gwynedd (c. 1100-70), who was king of Gwynedd from 1137 until his death.
One Foot in the Palace: The Habsburg Court of Brussels and the Politics of Access in the Reign of Albert and Isabella, 1598-1621 by Dries Raeymaekers, translated by John R. J. Eyck. Eager to reassert his dynasty's authority, Archduke Albert ruled the Habsburg Netherlands as sovereign prince in his own right. This book brings to life the splendor of his court and the ambitions of those who lived and worked in the palace.
The Sanctity of Louis IX translated by Larry F. Field. Louis IX of France reigned from 1226 to 1270. After his death on crusade, he was proclaimed a saint in 1297. This book offers the first English-language translations of two accounts of the king's life: one composed by Geoffrey of Beaulieu, the king's long-time confessor, and the other by William of Chartres, a clerk in Louis's household.
Queenship in the Mediterranean: Negotiating the Role of the Queen in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras edited by Elena Woodacre. Explores the key roles queens played as wives, mothers, and political actors.
Aspects of Roman History, 31 BC - AD 117 by Richard Alston. A guide to early Roman history with chapters on each emperor, exploring the successes and failures of their reigns. New edition.
John of Brienne: King of Jerusalem, Emperor of Constantinople, c.1175-1237 by Guy Perry. John of Brienne's progress from mid-ranking knightly status to king, and emperor of the Latin Empire was remarkable. This biographical study explores how dynasticism, politics, intrigue, religion and war contributed to his career.
Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb. Novel about the Creole socialite who became the wife of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
The King History Forgot: Makikele, the 19th-Century Legend of Phalaborwa, South Africa by Robert T.K. Scully, illustrated by Chris Freeman. Equal parts biographical fiction and cultural history, this is a look at the reign of sorcerer-king Makikele.
Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray. After years of abuse as a captive in Rome, Cleopatra's daughter Selene is now wife of King Juba II of Mauretania. But when Augustus Caesar demands to raise Selene's children, she's drawn back into the web of imperial plots. This is the third book in a series; the first two books are Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile.
The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by Bianca Turetsky. A modern time traveler learns that life as a handmaiden to Cleopatra is both treacherous and fashionable. For children ages 8 to 12.
Published in November 2013
1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts edited by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick. What role did books play in the lives of English monarchs and their families? This well-illustrated volume presents a wide-ranging review of royal interest in books.
Henry VIII: The Life and Rule of England's Nero by John Matusiak. An intimate portrait of a man wholly unfit for power: not only a bad man, but also a bad ruler who failed to achieve his aims.
Diana: In Pursuit of Love by Andrew Morton. An updated version of Morton's 2004 book about the last years of Princess Diana's life, based on interviews with friends, advisers, and colleagues.
Saint Margaret, Queen of the Scots: A Life in Perspective by Catherine Keene. A look at the life and cult of the 11th century queen.
Owain Glyndwr: The Story of the Last Prince of Wales by Terry Breverton. This biography explains how Glyndwr came to stir Wales into war against England's King Henry IV, and why he is still considered one of the world's greatest warriors.
Richard II and the Rebel Earl by A. K. Gundy. An in-depth survey of Richard's reign from the perspective of one of his opponents, Thomas Beauchamp, the Appellant Earl of Warwick. It explores not only why the Earl rebelled against the King, but also why Richard lost his throne.
Charles I and Charles II
The King's Pictures by Francis Haskell. The formation and dispersal of the collections of Charles I and his courtiers.
The City and the King: Architecture and Politics in Restoration London by Christine Stevenson. How architecture was used to renew the relationship between the monarchy and London during the reign of Charles II.
The Murder, Betrayal, and Slaughter of the Glorious Charles, Count of Flanders by Galbert of Bruges, translated by John Jeffrey Rider. Charles the Good was the son of King Canute IV of Denmark. In 1127 he was killed by assassins while at prayer. His murder upset the fragile balance of power between England, France, and the Holy Roman Empire, giving rise to a bloody civil war. This is an eyewitness account of the assassination and the struggle for power that ensued.
Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power by Philip Dwyer. In this second volume of Philip Dwyer's biography, Napoleon takes his position as head of the French state. Dwyer reveals Napoleon's brooding obsessions and propensity for violence as well as his ability to realize his visionary ideas. The first book in this series is Napoleon: The Path to Power.
Napoleon in Italy: 1805-1815 by Juan Carlos Camignari and Giles Boue. About Napoleon's love for Italy and his desire to make it a model French state.
The Congress of Vienna and Its Legacy: War and Great Power Diplomacy After Napoleon by Mark Jarrett. In September 1814, the rulers of Europe descended upon Vienna to reconstruct Europe after two decades of revolution and war, leading to a bold experiment in international cooperation known as the Congress System.
Franz Joseph and Elisabeth: The Last Great Monarchs of Austria-Hungary by Karen B. Owens. Biography of Austria's last significant emperor and his enigmatic wife.
The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary by Adam Kozuchowski. Examines the image of the Habsburg monarchy between the World Wars.
After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies by Christopher Davidson. According to the author, the monarchies of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain inevitably will collapse.
Monsoon Revolution: Republicans, Sultans, and Empires in Oman, 1965-1976 by Abdel Razzaq Takriti. About the Dhufar Revolution (Dhofar Rebellion) in Oman, including the details of the 1970 coup that brought Sultan Qaboos to the throne.
Zenobia: Between Reality and Legend by Yasmine Zahran. This account of the Palmyrene warrior queen brings her world to life through first-person narrative.
Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt by Dee L. Clayman. A mother of six, immensely wealthy and ambitious, Berenice II was daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes. She became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens and was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals.
Monarchy and Modernity in Egypt: Politics, Islam and Neo-Colonialism Between the Wars by James Whidden. The creation of the Egyptian monarchy in 1922 under King Fuad II opened debates over fundamental cultural questions.
Beyond Extravagance: Gems and Jewels of Royal India edited by Amin Jaffer. Written by experts and featuring original photography by Laziz Hamani, this book reveals for the first time an exceptional private collection of beautiful royal Indian jewels from the Mughal Empire to today.
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. Mini-biographies of dozens of ruthless princesses, including Stephanie von Hohenlohe, who was a Nazi spy; Olga of Kiev, who murdered thousands of men; and Rani Lakshmibai, who charged into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back.
Monarchy, Religion and the State: Civil Religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth by Norman Bonney. Argues that the next succession to the throne will require major national debates about traditional rituals which require professions of Protestantism by the new monarch.
The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829-842: Court and Frontier in Byzantium During the Last Phase of Iconoclasm by Juan Signes Codoñer. Topics include the context in which Theophilos came to power, the continuous warfare with the Arabs, and the image of the emperor as a good ruler.
Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Palestine by Yuval Ben-Bassat. Examines petitions sent during the last decades of the empire to the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II.
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