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Published in July 2016
King Arthur by Nick Higham. A look at legends about King Arthur and their possible historical sources.
Edward III: A Heroic Failure by Jonathan Sumption. Edward ruled England for 50 years and was regarded with awe even by his enemies. But he lived too long, and saw 30 years of conquests reversed in less than five years. From the Penguin Monarchs series.
The Grand Old Duke of York by Derek Winterbottom. A biography of Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany 1763-1827, who transformed the British army as commander-in-chief during the Napoleonic Wars. His turbulent personal life led to scandal.
Royal Album: The Queen at 90 by Sam Wilkinson. Take a look back at Queen Elizabeth II's life, from her early years, to her marriage, coronation, and more. Includes photos.
Tudors and Stuarts
The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman. The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by attendants, courtiers and ministers. This book examines the accounts of these eyewitnesses to reveal the truth behind the Tudors' glamorous exterior.
Henry VII: The Maligned Tudor King by Terry Breverton. Biography of the unlikely monarch who became "England's wisest and greatest king."
Insurrection: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Pilgrimage of Grace by Susan Loughlin. In 1536, 30,000 men took up arms against King Henry VIII. It was the largest spontaneous uprising against a Tudor monarch.
Henry VIII: The Evolution of a Reputation by Keith Dockray and Alan Sutton. An illustrated survey of the evolution of the king's reputation over half a millennium.
The Stuarts: A Very British Dynasty by Andrew Lacey. Examines the Stuart kings and queens from their early days as rulers of Scotland to their accession to the English throne, the Civil War and their fall from grace, Charles II's restoration, and finally their exile.
Jacobites: A New History of the '45 Rebellion by Jacqueline Riding. The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46 was potentially catastrophic for the British crown. With support from French king Louis XV, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and his army army advanced all the way to Derby, a mere 120 miles from London, before a series of missteps doomed the rebellion.
Marie Antoinette by Hélène Delalex, Alexandre Maral, and Nicolas Milavanovic. This llustrated volume tells Marie-Antoinette's story through the objects and locations that made up her world, from her upbringing in Austria to her life and death in France.
Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth by John B. Freed. Born of two of Germany's most powerful families, Frederick I became emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1155. This biography paints a picture of a consummate diplomat and effective warrior.
Napoleon Bonaparte by William Doyle. A brief biography of the man who rose from obscure origins and turned Europe upside down in a space of less than 20 years.
The Emperor Nero: A Guide to the Ancient Sources edited by Anthony A. Barrett, Elaine Fantham, and John C. Yardley. Clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources for Nero's life and rule, along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero.
Great Eagle: Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror by Aytac Ozkan. Biography of the Ottoman sultan that emphasizes his organizational and administrative abilities.
Sultan Selim I: The Conqueror of the East by Fatih Akce. Focuses on the life of Selim I, including his struggle for power, his first and second campaigns to the East, and the period of caliphate.
The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria, 721-705 B.C. by Sarah C. Melville. The first in-depth military study of the great Assyrian king, drawing from cuneiform inscriptions, the letters of Sargon and his officials, and monumental art.
In the Garden of the Gods: Models of Kingship from the Sumerians to the Seleucids by Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides. Argues that the emphasis on the divine favor bestowed upon kings in the Ancient Near East should be understood metaphorically, and that empires' ideological agendas were shaped by class rather than race.
John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium: In the Shadow of Father and Son edited by Alessandra Bucossi and Alex Rodriguez Suarez. Papers about the Byzantine emperor John II Comnenus, who reigned from 1118 to 1143.
The Power of Place: Rulers and Their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places by David Rollason. Explores the nature of power through the places rulers created or developed.
Published in June 2016
Alfred the Great by Barbara Yorke. Biography of the most famous and celebrated Anglo-Saxon king.
Henry V by A. J. Pollard. A brief biography of one of England's most renowned military heroes.
The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I edited by Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte. A collection of essays exploring Queen Mary's life and the struggles she faced before and after her accession.
Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett. The life of the controversial Spanish queen who led her country out of the Middle Ages.
The Second French Republic, 1848-1852: A Political Reinterpretation by Christopher Guyver. Follows the story of the Second French Republic from its idealistic beginnings to its formal replacement by the Second Empire with Napoleon III as emperor.
Virtuous or Villainess? edited by Carey Fleiner and Elena Woodacre. The image of the royal mother, from the early medieval to the early modern era.
Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art From the National Palace Museum, Taipei by Jay Xu and Li He. Explores the identities of eight Chinese rulers who reigned from the early 12th through early 20th centuries, and how each ruler contributed to the arts.
Thailand's Theory of Monarchy by Patrick Jory. Examines the Theravada Buddhist foundations of Thailand's enduring institution of monarchy.
The Royal Nanny: A Novel by Karen Harper. In April of 1897, a young nanny arrives at Sandringham to care for the children of future king George V as their parents never could.
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