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Published in November 2014
The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh. Takes readers on a tour of the royal residences and tells the personal family stories behind them. Illustrated.
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow. George III and his wife, Queen Charlotte, raised their 13 children in a climate of love, but the king's disapproval alienated his sons, and his determination to protect his daughters from the marriage market left them lonely and resentful. Also published under the title The Strangest Family.
Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King by Mike Pitts. The story of the archaeology behind the dig that found the remains of Richard III, told through photographs, diagrams, and firsthand accounts.
Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen by Sara Cockerill. The wife of England's King Edward I, Eleanor was her husband's close adviser, ventured on Crusade, and endured captivity amid a civil war.
The Warrior King and the Invasion of France by Desmond Seward. About English king Henry V, the Battle of Agincourt, and the campaign that shaped medieval England.
Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans. Considers the medieval primary sources and the post-medieval development of the image of Eleanor, from demonic queen to feminist icon.
The Letters of Queen Victoria: 9 Volume Set by Victoria, edited by A. C. Benson and Viscount Esher. The volumes are arranged chronologically from Victoria's first known letter, written when she was nine, to her last journal entry, nine days before her death in 1901. Reprint edition.
Jasper Tudor: The Man Who Made the Tudor Dynasty by Terry Breverton. Biography of the Lancastrian half-brother to Henry VI, who fought in the Wars of the Roses from the first battle to the last and lived to forge a new dynasty.
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women's Stories by Amy Licence. What it was like to share Henry's bed, bear his children, and sit on the English throne.
Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince by Lisa Hilton. This biography maps Elizabeth I's dramatic journey from timid newly-crowned queen to one of the most powerful monarchs ever to rule England.
Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of Elizabethan Court, State, and Church Officers, 1558-1603 edited by Arthur F. Kinney and Jane A. Lawson. This revised edition adds new categories and a host of previously overlooked figures, including the women of Elizabeth's privy chamber and the spouses of the peers.
Anne Boleyn: The Queen of Controversy by Lacey Baldwin Smith. Examines Henry VIII's second wife from viewpoint of her own era as well as modern theories about her downfall.
The Prussian Princesses: The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II by John Van der Kiste. A biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II's younger sisters, Victoria, Sophie and Margaret. One married an adventurer who left her to die in poverty, one married a future king but died in exile, and one saw her family become victims of theft at the end of the Second World War.
Frederick the Great and the Seven Years' War, 1756-1763 by Herbert J. Redman. The Seven Years' War, known as the French and Indian War in North America, was the first world war. Frederick the Great (1712-1786), king of Prussia, was a major player in the conflict.
Julius Caesar and the Transformation of the Roman Republic by Tom Stevenson. An introduction to Caesar's life and public career.
Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II by Geoffrey Parker. A biography of Spain's King Felipe II, husband of England's Queen Mary I, based on documents that have changed significantly what we know about him.
Napoleon and His Family
Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts. The first one-volume biography to take advantage of the publication of Napoleon's 33,000 letters. At last we see him as he was: decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.
Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams. The rags-to-riches life story of the woman who conquered Napoleon's heart -- and with it, an empire.
Napoleon & Josephine: A Love Story by Theo Aronson. An account of one of the most intriguing, tempestuous and touching romances in history.
Wondrous Beauty by Carol Berkin. A biography of Betsy Bonaparte, the belle of Baltimore who married Napoleon's brother Jerome.
Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers. Concentrates on the experience of the people of Europe during the time when half of the continent fell under his rule.
Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar by Farzana Moon. Bahadur Shah Zafar was virtually a prisoner in his own palace in Delhi, subsisting on a pension from British East India Company. After native soldiers rebelled against the British, Zafar was exiled to Burma. His sad poetry is still sung and recited in India and Pakistan.
Royal Gardens: Extraordinary Edens From Around the World by Stéphane Bern, photos by Jean-Baptiste Leroux. An illustrated walk through some of the most beautiful royal gardens in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Emperor Haile Selassie by Bereket Habte Selassie. The author, who served in important positions in Haile Selassie's government, tells both the story of the emperor's life and the story of modern Ethiopia.
The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton. In the late 12th century, brilliant, charismatic Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan ascends to power. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.
The Queen of Four Kingdoms by Princess Michael of Kent. At the age of 19, Yolande, daughter of a 15th century king of Aragon, marries Duke Louis II of Anjou, cousin of the King of France. She becomes her husband's regent and the saviour of France. New U.S. edition.
Dirty Rotten Rulers: History's Villains & Their Dastardly Deeds by Jim Pipe and Mauro Mazzara. An illustrated look at the world's most infamous rulers, for children ages 8 to 12.
Published in October 2014
British Royal History
Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson. This biography portrays Queen Victoria as a woman battling with demons and overcoming them, largely alone.
At Home With Henry VIII: His Life, His Homes, His Wives by Rose Shepherd. What was it really like to be Henry, or to be married to him? How did he live, and where? Who were his servants and what did they do? What clothes did he and his wives wear, how did they entertain themselves, and who did they spend time with?
The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones. How the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.
Edward II: The Unconventional King by Kathryn Warner. Focuses on the king's relationships with his male favourites and his disaffected wife, his unorthodox hobbies, and the mystery surrounding his death, using almost exclusively 14th century sources and Edward's own letters and speeches.
Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World, c.1066-c.1216 edited by Paul Dalton and David Luscombe. Essays about the power, government, and influence of kings, queens and other lords.
Modern British Royalty
On Duty With the Queen: My Time as a Buckingham Palace Press Officer by Dickie Arbiter. From escorting Prince Charles on far-flung trips across the globe to becoming one of Princess Diana's most trusted confidantes, Dickie Arbiter was catapulted into the media circus surrounding the world's most famous family.
Inheritance: A Psychological History of the Royal Family by Dennis Friedman. Updated edition. Traces the many problems of the royal family, from Queen Victoria's nursery to the rigid and traditional upbringing which awaits Prince George.
Diana and Beyond by Raka Shome. The death of Princess Diana unleashed an international outpouring of grief. This book examines how images of white femininity in popular culture intersect with issues of race, gender, class, and national identity.
Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey. This biography tells the story of the fervent Queen Isabella of Castile, the faith that propelled her, and the land of ancient conflicts she brought under her command.
Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578-1637 by Robert Bireley. Biography of the Holy Roman Emperor who was important in the Counter-Reformation in central Europe, the Thirty Years War, and the consolidation of the Habsburg monarchy.
Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar's Yugoslavia by Christian Axboe Nielsen. In 1929, King Alexander suspended the Yugoslav constitution, but his attempt to create a unified Yugoslav nation failed and he was assassinated.
A Chronicle of the Kings of the Visigoths by Malcolm Drew Donalson. From Alraric to the Moorith conquest (395-737 A.D.)
The Congress of Vienna: Power and Politics After Napoleon by Brian E. Vick. Considers both the pageantry of the royals and elites who gathered after Napoleon's defeat and the landmark diplomatic agreements they brokered.
Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty by Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang. Explores the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China and the Imperial Palace in Shenyang, China, with 159 color photographs, 28 illustrations and figures, two charts, and two maps.
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures From the Palace Museum, Beijing by Li Jian. This book accompanies an exhibition of the same name. More than 200 works of art -- court paintings, furniture, costumes, sculpture, decorative objects, arms, and armor -- from the Ming and Qing dynasties are reproduced in full color.
Life at the Court of the Early Qajar Shahs by Soltan Ahmad Mirza, translated by Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar. The author was the 49th son of Fath Ali Shah Qajar, who ruled Iran from 1797 to 1834. Looking back over the reigns of his father and two other shahs, he discusses the role of the ruler, the hierarchy of the harem, court eunuchs, ceremonies, diversions, and disputes.
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding by Eric Nelson. Argues that many U.S. founding fathers saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown.
The Creation of Inequality by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus. How our prehistoric ancestors set the stage for monarchy, slavery, and empire.
In Bed With Anne Boleyn: A Novel by Lacey Baldwin-Smith. The story of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, through the eyes of Mark Smeaton, the king's favorite musician, and Thomas Cromwell, the king's chief minister.
The May Bride: A Novel by Suzannah Dunn. Jane Seymour, future wife of Henry VIII, finds herself in the midst of scandal and intrigue when her brother brings a bride home to Wolf Hall.
The Hundred Days by Joseph Roth, translated by Richard Panchyk. Set during the period between Napoleon's escape from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo, this novel describes the emperor's transformation from godlike ruler to ordinary, humble man. Reprint edition.
Who Was Julius Caesar? by Nico Medina, illustrated by Tim Foley. Children's book about the Roman politician who became dictator for life.
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