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A Royal Christmas by Louise Cooling. A gift book exploring the Christmas traditions of British royalty past and present. Published in November 2018.

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Published in December 2018

British Royalty

The Quest for Queen Mary by James Pope-Hennessy, edited by Hugo Vickers. Some of the notes for the official biography of George V's wife, Mary of Teck, were kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time, this is a portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.

Queen of the World by Robert Hardman. A new portrait of the most famous woman in the world, Queen Elizabeth II, and her place in it.

King and Outlaw: The Real Robert the Bruce by Chris Brown. The life of an indomitable military genius who was unafraid of breaking convention.


Nicholas II: The Last Tsar by Michael Paterson. Biography of a man who seems to some a fool, to others a monster, and to others a well-meaning man doing his best under impossible conditions.

The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession That Shaped an Empire by Susan Jaques. A cultural history of Napoleon Bonaparte's fascination with ancient Rome and the Caesars, and how it shaped Paris's artistic landscape.

Entertaining the Braganzas: When Queen Maria of Portugal Visited William Stephens in 1788 by Jenifer Roberts. Maria I of Portugal was a monarch with absolute power. William Stephens was the illegitimate son of a servant girl. They formed a friendship in the stifling formality of the Portuguese court.

Here All Is Poland: A Pantheonic History of Wawel, 1787-2010 by Petro Andreas Nungovitch. About an ancient necropolis of Polish kings and queens beneath the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland.


A Genealogy of Dissent: The Progeny of Fallen Royals in Choson Korea by Eugene Y. Park. In early modern Korea, the Choson state conducted an extermination campaign against descendants of the preceding Koryo dynasty.

Victoria's Rebel Maharaja: Duleep Singh, Last King of the Sikhs by Christy Campbell. Duleep Singh came to England as an exiled boy-king. This book takes the reader into his turbulent world of glamor and high-power politics.


Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great by F. S. Naiden. Religion permeated Alexander's career. In Egypt he became a god. Babylon surrendered to him because he agreed to become a sacred king. This biography focuses on Alexander and religion.


The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson. Fictional account of embroiderers chosen to work on the wedding dress of Britain's future queen Elizabeth II.

Published in November 2018


Versailles by Colin Jones. The vivid story of the creation, renovation, and legacy of the most famous building in France: the palace of Versailles.

Customs and Culture in Poland Under the Last Saxon King by Jedrzej Kitowicz, translated and edited by Oscar E. Swan. Jedrzej Kitowicz, a parish priest, composed the most complete existing record of life in 18th century Poland under King August III.

Restoration: The Fall of Napoleon in the Course of European Art, 1812-1820 by Thomas Crow. How social upheavals after the collapse of the French Empire reshaped artists' lives and careers.

British Royal History

A Royal Christmas by Louise Cooling. A gift book exploring the Christmas traditions of British royalty past and present.

Kensington Palace: Art, Architecture and Society edited by Olivia Fryman. This illustrated book explores Kensington's physical beauty and its history, presenting material from archives, newspapers, letters, and analysis.

King Edward VIII: An American Life by Ted Powell. What if Edward VIII's abdication was set in motion not by his love for Wallis Simpson but for America? This book reassesses the king's life and and turns the established view upside down.

Founder, Fighter, Saxon Queen: Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians by Margaret C. Jones. About the daughter of Alfred the Great who was the first Saxon woman to rule a kingdom.

Henry I: The Father of His People by Edmund King. The youngest of William the Conqueror's sons, Henry become one of the greatest medieval monarchs.

Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou: A Marriage of Unequals by Amy License. A dual biography. He became king before his first birthday, inheriting a vast empire; she was the daughter of a king without power. Opposite in character, they formed an unlikely partnership.

The Mythology of the Princes in the Tower by John Ashdown-Hill. When did the term "Princes in the Tower" come into use? Were they genuinely held against their will? Working with a team of geneticists, the author tries to answer questions about Edward IV's lost sons.

King Arthur: The Making of the Legend by Nicholas J. Higham. Explores King Arthur's historical development, proposing that he began as a fictional character in the 9th century.

Modern British Royalty

Informally Royal: Studio Lisa and the Royal Family by Rodney Laredo. A chance meeting in 1936 led two amateur photographers to an unlikely friendship with the British royal family that spanned over 30 years.

The Wicked Wit of Princess Margaret by Karen Dolby. Sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret made no secret of her intolerance for the dim-witted, the disobedient or the boring.

Harry & Meghan: The Wedding Paper Dolls by Eileen Rudisill Miller. Sixteen full-color plates with accurate re-creations of the couple's pre-wedding and wedding day fashions.

His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle by Michael Brumm and Camille March, illustrated by EG Keller. The "rebarkable" true story of Meghan Markle's rescue dog, told from Guy the Beagle's own point of view.


Double Emperor: The Life and Times of Francis of Austria by Chip Wagar. Emperor (as Francis II) of the Holy Roman Empire, Francis also became the first emperor of Austria. He sent his son-in-law Napoleon Bonaparte into exile.

Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Fuhrer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals by James Longo. How Adolf Hitler's obsession with the Habsburg imperial family drove his rise to power and led to the Second World War and the Holocaust.


Zenobia: Shooting Star of Palmyra by Nathaniel J. Andrade. Hailing from the city of Palmyra, Zenobia (also called Bathzabbai) governed a huge tract of the eastern Roman empire, including Syria, Arabia, and Egypt from 268 to 272. Her rise and fall were meteoric.

I Am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria by Gareth Brereton. Features images of objects excavated from all corners of the empire, published to accompany an exhibition at the British Museum. 200 color illustrations.


The Splendor Before the Dark by Margaret George. Emperor Nero commands the Roman empire, ushering in an era of cultural splendor. But some find his quest for glory dangerous. (This is a sequel to George's novel The Confessions of Young Nero.)

Children's Books

The Queen by Julia Adams. Who is Queen Elizabeth II, and what does she do? How do you become a queen? For children ages 9 to 11.

William and Kate by Annabel Savery. Tells the life stories of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. For ages 9 to 11.

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