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Published in July 2015
The Philosopher King and the Pictish Nation by Julianna Grigg. Examines the emergence of Pictland (in what is now Scotland) during the 8th century as a cohesive nation under dynastic kingship.
The Sale of the Late King's Goods by Jerry Brotton. Set against the backdrop of war, revolution, and regicide, this book explores the formation and dispersal of King Charles I's art collection.
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.
The Eagle in Splendour: Inside the Court of Napoleon by Philip Mansel. The grandeur and extravagance of the court of Napoleon I surpassed even that of that Louis XIV. This book brings to life the court's magnificence and rigid hierarchy, with stories of mistresses, fortune-seekers, servants and courtiers.
Napoleon on War edited by Bruno Colson. This book, based on Napoleon's correspondence and other writings, reflects the full spectrum of his thinking on war and strategy.
Berenice II Euergetis: Essays in Early Hellenistic Queenship by Branko F. van Oppen de Ruiter. Essays about the daughter of King Magas of Cyrene (modern day Libya), who was wife to King Ptolemy III of Egypt.
The Royal Semi-Authoritarian Democracy of Bhutan by Dhurba Rizal. According to the author, royal democracy in Bhutan is a myth.
The Tombs of Tibetan Kings by Giuseppe Tucci. Details the structural, aesthetic and symbolic characteristics of ancient Tibetan royal tombs.
The Emperor Commodus: God and Gladiator by John S. McHugh. Ridiculed by historians since his own time, Commodus is synonymous with debauchery and megalomania. This book sets his reign in historical context, showing that he inherited an empire devastated by plague and war.
Fighting Emperors of Byzantium by John Carr. Assesses the contribution of emperors whose military leadership determined the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.
The Tournament by Matthew Reilly. Future English queen Elizabeth I visits the Ottoman Empire and is caught up in intrigue after a murder at the sultan's court.
Queen Elizabeth II's Britain by Jacqui Bailey. An illustrated celebration of British history under the longest-reigning monarch.
Published in June 2015
British Royal History
Henry VI by David Grummitt. Although obviously ill-suited to be king, England's Henry VI reigned for nearly 40 years and commanded great loyalty. This biography explains his reign in the context of the times in which he lived.
King John and Magna Carta by Sean McGlynn. A short guide to King John's incompetent rule and the Magna Carta, a charter that restricted his power and set a precedent that remains with us today.
The Mythology of Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill. Was Richard III abnormal, a tyrant, a serial killer? What is the truth about his marriage and his last days? This book unravels the web of myths.
The Betrayal of Richard III: An Introduction to the Controversy by V. B. Lamb, revised by Peter Hammond. This survey the life and times of Richard III examines the contemporary evidence for the events of his reign. The original edition was first published in 1959.
Modern British Royalty
The Queen and Mrs Thatcher: An Inconvenient Relationship by Dean Palmer. The two most powerful women in Britain disliked each other on sight. For over a decade they quietly waged war against each other, both personally and politically.
I Know I Am Rude, But It Is Fun by Nigel Cawthorne. Stories about Prince Philip, from his fearless mocking of official ceremonies to his teasing of Her Majesty herself.
Royal Ceremony: The Pageantry Explained by Christopher Lee. This handbook explains the history and reason behind royal ceremonies, the characters involved, the dress and costume, and the presentation of the monarch in relation to state functions.
Speeches and Articles 1968-2012: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales edited by David Cadman and Suheil Bushrui. Topics include the natural environment, architecture and the built environment, integrated medicine and health, society, religion and tradition. This is a two-volume set and very expensive.
The Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone. French queen Catherine de' Medici, her daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the betrayal that ignited a kingdom.
The Eulenburg Affair: A Cultural History of Politics in the German Empire by Norman Domeier, translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider. When it broke out in 1906, the scandal surrounding Prince Philipp Eulenburg, confidant of Emperor Wilhelm II, shook the Hohenzollern monarchy and all of Europe. It was the first modern scandal in which homosexuality was openly discussed.
Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany, Volume 1: The War of Liberation, Spring 1813 by Michael V. Leggiere. The first comprehensive history of the Franco-Prussian War of 1813.
Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany, Volume 2: The Defeat of Napoleon by Michael V. Leggiere. Features detailed analysis of the military operations that culminated with the epic four-day Battle of Nations at Leipzig and Napoleon's retreat to France.
Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers by N. Harry Rothschild. China's Empress Wu built a pantheon of female divinities and cast herself as the human vessel through which their energy flowed.
Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson. The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between the two sides of the War of the Roses, told through the eyes of Cecily and her half-brother Cuthbert.
Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou by Conn Iggulden. It is 1454 and England's King Henry VI's mind is a blank. His fiercely loyal wife, Margaret, safeguards his interests. This is the second book in a series; the first book is Stormbird.
Watch the Lady: A Novel by Elizabeth Freemantle. The story of Lady Penelope Devereux, the daring young beauty who inspired sonnets even while she plotted against Queen Elizabeth I.
The Adventures of Alice Lascelles by Alexandrina Victoria. This story was written and illustrated by the future Queen Victoria when she was 10 years old.
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