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Published in March 2018
Modern British Royalty
Harry: Life, Loss, and Love by Katie Nicholl. Explores Prince Harry's relationships with family members, former girlfriends, and American actress Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry: The Inside Story by Duncan Larcombe. Biography written by a former Royal Editor for the Sun newspaper in London. Published in 2017 and updated in 2018 to reflect Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle.
British Royal History
Richard I: The Crusader King by Thomas Asbridge. This book presents Richard the Lionheart as a formidable warrior-king burdened by the legacy of his dysfunctional dynasty.
Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester by Nicola Tallis. A biography of Lettice Knollys, who dared to marry Queen Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley, without the queen's consent.
Elizabeth I in Writing: Language, Power and Representation in Early Modern England edited by Donatella Montini and Iolanda Plescia. Collection of essays reappraising Elizabeth's translations, letters, poems and prayers.
The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart by Sarah Fraser. Eldest son to James VI and I, Henry Stuart died at age 18. If he had lived, he might have saved Britain from the Civil War.
The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty by Mary Hollingsworth. Argues that the Medici were devious and immoral tyrants, loathed in the city they illegally made their own.
King Sigismund of Poland and Martin Luther: The Reformation Before Confessionalization by Natalia Nowakowska. This study examines why the Polish monarchy did not persecute Lutherans.
Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers: Gender, Sex, and Power in Popular Culture edited by Janice North, Karl C. Alvestad, and Elena Woodacre. How the lives of European monarchs have been mythologized on-screen to appeal to today's audiences.
Babur: Timurid Prince and Mughal Emperor, 1483-1530 by Stephen F. Dale. A concise biography of Babur, who founded the Timurid-Mughal Empire of South Asia but suffered the regretful anguish of an exile.
King Leopold's Congo and the "Scramble for Africa" by Michael A. Rutz. A short history with documents.
The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century: Building the Atik Valide by Pinar Kayaalp. Nurbanu was the wife of Selim II and mother of Murad III. This book concentrates on her role in the creation of the Atik Valide mosque complex.
Alexander the Great in the Persian Tradition: History, Myth and Legend in Medieval Iran by Haila Manteghi. How Alexander became as central to the Persian tradition as any other hero or king.
Gardens of the Alhambra by Maria del Mar Villafranca-Jiménez. A comprehensive book illustrated with photos, plans, and previously unpublished archive material.
Court of Lions: A Novel by Jane Johnson. This romantic saga tells the dual stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada.
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon. A novel about Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov, daughter of the last tsar of Russia.
The Pretender's Lady: A Novel by Alan Gold. Fictional account of the life of Flora MacDonald, who single-handedly saved Bonnie Prince Charlie. New paperback edition.
Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History by Fiona Macdonald. Features black-and-white illustrations, anecdotes, trivia, a timeline, and glossary.
A Royal Childhood: 200 Years of Royal Babies by Liz Gogerly. For readers ages 6 to 11. A look at British royal children, from Queen Victoria to the 21st century's Prince George and Princess Charlotte. New paperback edition.
Published in February 2018
Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton. This biography uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson as she transformed from hard-nosed gold digger to charming chatelaine.
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Engagement by Halima Sadat. This illustrated souvenir guide celebrates Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle and tells how he fell in love with the American actress.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Annie Bullen. A brief, illustrated look at the life of Queen Elizabeth II's husband.
Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain by Caitlin C. Gillespie. Introduces readers to the life and literary importance of Boudica, who fomented a rebellion against Rome and was later used in ancient texts as a commentator on the failures of Emperor Nero.
Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911 by Charles V. Reed. A study of 19th-century British royal tours and those who participated in them. New paperback edition.
Charles I: King and Collector by Royal Academy of Arts. King Charles I's art collection contained some 2,000 paintings and sculptures. This book, which accompanies a London exhibition, includes essays and illustrations.
Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars by Linda Porter. A tale of love and endurance, of battles and flight, lonely death and wearisome exile, this is the story of children whose parents could not protect them from the upheaval sweeping England.
The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration by Don Jordan. Throughout the quarter-century Charles II was on the throne, London suffered the plague in 1665 and the Great Fire, but rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.
Dynasty: A True Story by Christina Oxenberg. The author, daughter of a Yugoslavian princess, tells the story of her family, Serbia's Karadjordjevic dynasty.
The Creation of the Zulu Kingdom, 1815-1828: War, Shaka, and the Consolidation of Power by Elizabeth A. Eldredge. This book uses Zulu oral traditions and written sources to provide a narrative and analysis of the events and people of Shaka's era. New paperback edition.
Banished Potentates: Dethroning and Exiling Indigenous Monarchs Under British and French Colonial Rule by Robert Aldrich. Examines what happened to monarchs in Ceylon, India, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco.
Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada by David Johnson. Some Canadians wish to see the monarchy terminated upon the death of Elizabeth II. Is this possible?
Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court by José Carlos de la Puente Luna. After the Spanish victories over the Inca in the 1530s, native Andeans traveled from Peru to the royal court in Spain.
The Throne of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor. Fictional detective Gordianus the Finder investigates conspiracies against the life of dictator Julius Caesar.
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