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Published in October 2017
Modern British Royalty
Inside the Royal Wardrobe: A Dress History of Queen Alexandra edited by Kate Strasdin. Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII, used clothes to fashion images of herself as a wife, a mother and a royal.
The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey. The official companion to the Netflix drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Includes behind-the-scenes photos.
Royal Gifts by Sally Goodsir. Published to coincide with a Buckingham Palace exhibition, this book presents gifts given Queen Elizabeth II from more than one hundred countries.
British Royal History
1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John by Ed West. How King John's rule changed England forever.
Revolution: The History of England from the Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo by Peter Ackroyd. Takes readers from the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, an era of coffee houses and playhouses, newspapers and novels, shops, and extraordinary technological innovation.
The Image of the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England: Negotiating the Late Medieval Past by Barbara Gribling. Explores the uses of 14th-century hero Edward the Black Prince's image in debates about politics, character, war and empire.
Tudors and Stuarts
So Great a Prince: The Accession of Henry VIII, 1509 by Lauren Johnson. Tells the story of 1509 from the perspective of the young king and his court, as well as merchants, ploughmen, apprentices, laundresses, and foreign workers.
The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London by Virginia Rounding. Focuses on Richard Rich, who helped send many devout people to their deaths, and John Deane, who navigated the treacherous waters of changing dogma to help others survive.
The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle. Biography of the high-minded king who paid a terrible price for the personal honor he valued.
To Catch a King: Charles II's Great Escape by Charles Spencer. Tells the story of the manhunt for Charles II after his army was crushed at the battle of Worcester. Pursued for six weeks by Cromwell's soldiers, he escaped using disguise, deception, fortitude, and good luck.
Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman. A visual biography of actress Grace Kelly's career, chronicled in 400 photos. (Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco.)
Amalasuintha: The Transformation of Queenship in the Post-Roman World by Massimiliano Vitiello. The Ostrogothic queen Amalasuintha (c. 494/5-535), daughter of Theoderic the Great, formed a co-regency with her cousin Theodahad, whom she raised to the throne. His betrayal would cost Amalasuintha her rule and her life.
Rebel Barons: Resisting Royal Power in Medieval Culture by Luke Sunderland. Epic poems, prose, and chronicles reflected aristocratic concerns about tyranny and were models of violent opposition to sovereigns.
Bulgarians by Birth: The Comitopuls, Emperor Samuel and Their Successors According to Historical Sources and the Historiographic Tradition by Vasilka Tapkova-zaimova. A collection of sources about Bulgaria's Cometopuli dynasty, Tsar Samuel, and his war with the Byzantine Empire.
The French Revolution and Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World by Lynn Hunt and Jack R. Censer. A globally-oriented narrative history of events from 1789 until the fall of Napoleon. Includes maps and timelines.
The 'Sailor Prince' in the Age of Empire: Creating a Monarchical Brand in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Miriam Magdalena Schneider. Traces the careers and travels of Prince Alfred of Britain, Prince Heinrich of Prussia, Prince Valdemar of Denmark, and Prince Georgios of Greece.
The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan. Chronicles the years 133-80 BC, a time of bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama.
Caracalla: A Military Biography by Ilkka Syvänne. Guilty of many murders and massacres (including his own brother, ex-wife and daughter), Caracalla was nonetheless popular with the army.
Thailand and Russia
Letters From St Petersburg: A Siamese Prince at the Court of the Last Tsar by Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, translation and commentary by Narisa Chakrabongse. This is a collection of letters to and from one of King Chulalongkorn of Siam's sons. During Prince Chakrabongse's eight-year stay in Russia, Tsar Nicholas II treated him like a family member.
The Kings of Ayutthaya: A Creative Retelling of Siamese History by Robert Smith. Part fact, part fiction, this book brings to life the kingdom of Ayutthaya from its roots in the kingdom of Sukhothai to its destruction by the Burmese in 1767.
Published in September 2017
Kings of the Sea: Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy by J.D. Davies. Presents the theory that the creation of the Royal Navy was due to Stuart kings, not Samuel Pepys.
The Day the King Defaulted: Financial Lessons From the Stop of the Exchequer in 1672 by Moshe Arye Milevsky. This book studies King Charles II's decision to stop all payments from his royal exchequer. The decision left bankers unable to cover their own liabilities, and many spent the end of their lives in debtors' prison.
Her Majesty the Queen, as Seen by Mac: Cartoons from the Daily Mail. More than 120 newspaper cartoons featuring Her Majesty, from the 1970s until the present day.
The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service. An account of the last 18 months of Nicholas II's life and reign, based in part on the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations.
Monarchy Transformed: Princes and Their Elites in Early Modern Western Europe edited by Robert von Friedeburg and John Morrill. Argues that the new monarchies that emerged during the 'long 17th century' were not states in a modern sense, but princely dynasties.
Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Peirce. A Christian slave girl, Roxelana was brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, who freed and married her.
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