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King Chongjo, an Enlightened Despot in Early Modern Korea by Christopher Lovins. The first detailed analysis in English of monarchy and governance in Korea during the reign of 18th century king Jeongjo. Published in April 2019.

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NOTE: For personal reasons I haven't started work on the list of new royalty books for May. I don't yet know when that will be ready. Sorry.

Published in April 2019

English Royal History

Aethelred the Unready: The Failed King by Richard Abels. English king Aethelred reigned over a wealthy country for nearly 38 years, but he faced challenges that he, his advisers and generals were unable to overcome.

The Earl, the Kings, and the Chronicler by Robert B. Patterson. The first biography of Robert, Earl of Gloucester, illegitimate son of Henry I, who hired William of Malmesbury to produce a history which justified the empress Matilda's claim to the English throne.

Matilda: Empress, Queen, Warrior by Catherine Hanley. This new biography explores Matilda's campaign to claim the title of queen, and argues that her reward was to see her son Henry II become king.


The Afterlife of King James IV: Otherworld Legends of The Scottish King by Keith J. Coleman. Explores the survival stories following the Scottish king's defeat at the battle of Flodden.

The Tragic Daughters of Charles I: Mary, Elizabeth & Henrietta Anne by Sarah-Beth Watkins. Brought up against the background of the English Civil War, the executed king's daughters had different fates, yet none lived to age 30.

The Story of Kensington Palace by Tracy Borman. Formerly a private house enlarged in the late 17th century for William and Mary, Kensington Palace was the favored home of five sovereigns.

The Regency Years: During Which Jane Austen Writes, Napoleon Fights, Byron Makes Love, and Britain Becomes Modern by Robert Morrison. The Regency (1811-1820) began when the future king George IV replaced his insane father, George III, as Britain's head of state. Around the regent surged a society steeped in contrasts.


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.

Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe's Lost Country by Simon Winder. In 843 AD, three grandsons of Charlemagne divided the family land into France, Germany, and the area inbetween: Lotharingia. This book retraces the history of Lotharingia up to modern times.


King Alfonso VIII of Castile: Government, Family, and War edited by Miguel Gómez, Kyle C. Lincoln, and Damian Smith. From his troubled ascension as a child to his victory at Las Navas de Tolosa near the end of his 57-year reign, Alfonso VIII was at the epicenter of dramatic events.

Alfonso X, the Justinian of His Age: Law and Justice in Thirteenth-Century Castile by Joseph F. O'Callaghan. This legal and historical biography highlights the struggles the king faced in creating an all-embracing body of law.


Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by Tim Mackintosh-Smith. A comprehensive history that explores the role of language as a cultural touchstone.

Children's Books

Pharaoh by Jackie French. Fiction. Prince Narmer is destined to be king of Thinis, the greatest town in Egypt. Then a devastating accident forces him to give up his right to the throne. For children ages 8 and up.

Published in March 2019

British Royal History

Daughters of Chivalry: The Forgotten Children of Edward I by Kelcey Wilson-Lee. Eleanora, Joanna, Margaret, Mary and Elizabeth were expected to make great dynastic marriages or endow religious houses with royal favour. But they also navigated choppy diplomatic waters -- and had the courage to defy their father.

Good Queen Anne: Appraising the Life and Reign of the Last Stuart Monarch by Judith Lissauer Cromwell. This biography reveals Anne Stuart as a kind, practical woman who surmounted tragedy and poor health to become an effective monarch.

Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest by Sharon Bennett Connolly. Traces the fortunes of Edith Swan-neck, Matilda of Flanders, Emma of Normandy, and others.

The Image of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Spain edited by Eduardo Olid Guerrero and Esther Fernández. The Tudor monarch became both the primary figure in English propaganda efforts against Spain and a central part of the Spanish political agenda.

Modern British Royalty

The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcée Who Became the Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak. According to this biography, Wallis was the victim of the abdication, a scapegoat for those who wished to dethrone Edward VIII.

Wardrobe Wisdom From a Royal Lady's Maid: How to Dress and Take Care of Your Clothes by Alicia Healey. The author spent four years working in Buckingham Palace.


Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory by Josephine Wilkinson. Biography. The Sun King's story includes beguiling women, court intrigue, a mistress immersed in the dark arts, and a romantic central character with a frighteningly dark side.

Roman & Byzantine Empires

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors From Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss. Examines the legacy of Rome through the lives of Augustus, Tiberius, Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Diocletian, and Constantine.

Nero: Emperor and Court by John F. Drinkwater. Explores court politics, the Fire of 64, Nero's Golden House, and the huge underlying strength of the Julio-Claudian empire.

The Emperor in the Byzantine World: Papers From the Forty-Seventh Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies edited by Shaun Tougher. Themes include dynasty and imperial families, the imperial court, imperial duties, and the emperor as author.


Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe: East and West by Katarzyna Kosior. A comparative study of royal wedding and coronation ceremonies in Poland and France.

The Heroine of Gaeta: Queen Maria Sophia of the Two Sicilies by John Van der Kiste. In 1859, 17-year-old Maria Sophia, Duchess in Bavaria married the heir to the throne of the Two Sicilies. Two years later, they saw their kingdom disappear.

The Secret War Against Napoleon: Britain's Assassination Plot on the French Emperor by Tim Clayton. How the British government used bribery and coercion in an effort to kill Napoleon Bonaparte.


Zulu Terror: The Mfecane Holocaust, 1815-1840 by Robin Binckes. Faced with the wrath of the great King Shaka, Mzilikazi, founder of the Matabele kingdom, fled with his followers, cutting a swathe of destruction and genocide across southern Africa.

Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR by Bruce Riedel. Since 1943, U.S. presidents have had direct relationships with Saudi kings. This book is based on declassified documents, memoirs, and eyewitness accounts.

The Shapeshifting Crown: Locating the State in Postcolonial New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK edited by Cris Shore and David V. Williams. Who or what is the Crown and how is it embodied? Is it the monarch, the state, a relic of feudal England, or a mask for executive power?

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