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Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith. A biography based on hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time. Published in April 2017.

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Published in April 2017

British Royalty

King Cnut and the Viking Conquest of England, 1016 by W. B. Bartlett. Danish prince Cnut and his equally ruthless English opponent, King Edmund Ironside, fought a war of terrifying violence that scarred much of England.

Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent: A Fourteenth-Century Princess and Her World by Anthony Goodman. Notorious for her scandalous marriages, Joan of Kent was the mother of England's King Richard II.

The Rise and Fall of Owain Glyn Dwr by Gideon Brough. England, France and the Welsh rebellion in the late Middle Ages.

Tudors and Stuarts

Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII's True Wife by Amy License. Biography of the highly educated queen who was her father's ambassador, her husband's adviser, and England's regent when it won its greatest victory over the Scots.

So High a Blood: The Story of Margaret Douglas, the Tudor That Time Forgot by Morgan Ring. Niece to Henry VIII, heir to the throne, spy-mistress, and ambitious political player, Margaret held a unique position at the Tudor court for nearly 50 years.

Anne Boleyn in London by Lissa Chapman. Looks at the effect the city of London and its people had on the course of Anne Boleyn's life and death.

Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell. This biography examines Catherine Howard's motives and shows her in the context of the servants who conspired against her.

Edward Seymour: Lord Protector: Tudor King in All But Name by Margaret Scard. On the accession of boy king Edward VI to the throne, his uncle Edward Seymour became the most powerful man in England, but to his fellow councillors he was a traitor.

Catherine of Braganza: Charles II's Restoration Queen by Sarah-Beth Watkins. Catherine of Braganza, a Portuguese princess, married Charles II in 1662. She lived through times of war, plague and fire, and spent her final days as queen-regent of Portugal.


Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe by John Julius Norwich. About 16th century rulers of England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire who changed European history.

Marie Antoinette's Confidante: The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe by Geri Walton. Born into the House of Savoy in Turin, Italy, Marie Thérèse was married at 17 to the wealthy Prince de Lamballe. She soon found herself immersed in the political and sexual scandals of the French royal court.


The King and the Making of Modern Thailand by Antonio L. Rappa. Born in Europe, King Bhumibol Adulyadej could hardly speak Thai when he assumed his royal duties in 1951. He survived attempted murder, crafty politicians, and corrupt generals to become Thailand's longest-reigning monarch.

In Haste With Aloha: Letters and Diaries of Queen Emma, 1881-1885 edited by David W. Forbes. Ninety previously unpublished letters and excerpts from two diaries written by Hawaiian royal consort Queen Emma Kaleleonalani during the last five years of her life.


The Drowning King by Emily Holleman. Cleopatra and her brother, Ptolemy, are welcomed to the Egyptian throne after their father's death. But can the Nile be shared? This is the second book in the Fall of Egypt series; the first book is Cleopatra's Shadows.

The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K'uk of Palenque by Leonide Martin. With her city in chaos and leaderless, a Mayan princess undertakes a perilous Underworld journey to seek help.

Children's Books

Who Was Princess Diana? by Ellen Labrecque. Illustrated biography for children ages 8 to 12.

Published in March 2017


Cnut the Great by Timothy Bolton. Biography of the 11th-century Scandinavian warlord who united the English and Danish crowns to forge a North Sea empire.

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World edited by Joanna Marschner, David Bindman, and Lisa L. Ford. An illustrated book about three German princesses who married into the British royal family: Caroline of Ansbach (wife of George II), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (mother of George III), and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (wife of George III).

Scandalous Liaisons: Charles II and His Court by R. E. Pritchard. Tells the story of the most hedonistic, loose-living court in English history. New paperback edition.

The Last Pagan Emperor: Julian the Apostate & the War Against Christianity by H. C. Teitler. Born in 331 or 332, Julian was raised as a Christian, but during his short reign as Roman emperor he tried to revive paganism.


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.

Julius Caesar's Disease: A New Diagnosis by Francesco M. Galassi and Hutan Ashrafian. It is generally accepted that Julius Caesar suffered from epilepsy. But does the evidence really fit with this diagnosis? And if it was not epilepsy that afflicted Caesar, then what was it?

Napoleon and Persia: Franco-Persian Relations Under the First Empire by Iradj Amini. Examines Napoleon's interest in India, the British and French missions to Persia (now called Iran), Russia's hostility to Persia, and the rise of British influence in Persia.

In the Words of Napoleon: The Emperor Day by Day edited by R.M. Johnston. Derived from Napoleon's writings and recorded speech, this compilation acts as a diary or journal of the emperor's life.

QSPA 5 by HM Queen Sonja, Magne Furuholmen, and Lars Saabye Christensen. An avid printmaker, Queen Sonja of Norway has collaborated with Magne Furuholmen (formerly of a-ha) to create colorful graphic design works. The proceeds from this volume contribute to the Queen Sonja Print Award.


King Solomon and the Temple of Solomon: The History of the Jewish King and His Temple by Charles River Editors. Discusses the debate and theories over the historical and religious nature of King Solomon's life, and the construction and operation of the temple.

The Zulu Kings by Brian Roberts. Tells the story of the rise and fall of the Zulu dynasty, especially the first two kings -- the resolute Shaka and the fickle Dingane. New paperback edition.

Emperor of the Five Rivers: The Life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by Mohamed Sheikh. Biography of the first maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who united factions and built a nation.

Crisis and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire: The Downfall of a Sultan in the Age of Revolution by Aysel Yildiz. In 1807 the reformist Sultan Selim III was overthrown in a palace coup. This book seeks to situate Turkey's reactionary revolutions of 1807 into a wider European context.


The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George. The story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne, detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler.

The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie. Jeanne Becu, a woman of humble birth, bursts into the life of aging French king Louis XV and, as the Comtesse du Barry, becomes his official mistress. This is the third book in a trilogy about Louis XV and his mistresses; the first two books are The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles.

Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley. As a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, Eliza Camperdowne is drawn into the dizzying, dangerous orbit of Henry VIII. (Young adult fiction.)

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