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Published in November 2017
Long Live the King: The Mysterious Fate of Edward II by Kathryn Warner. Explores in detail the English king's downfall and forced abdication, and the possibility that he lived many years after his official funeral was held in 1327.
My Husband and I: The Inside Story of 70 Years of the Royal Marriage by Ingrid Seward. How Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Prince Philips operates behind closed doors, and how their partnership has endured.
Guarding Diana: Protecting the Princess Around the World by Ken Wharfe with Robert Jobson. Princess Diana's personal protection officer describes the six years they spent traveling together. (Wharfe is also the author of a different book, Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, which focuses on Diana's personal life.)
Tudors and Stuarts
Mary Queen of Scots: A Study in Failure by Jenny Wormald. This biography sets out to show Mary as she really was -- not a romantic heroine, but the ruler of an important European kingdom. Born to supreme power, she was incapable of coping with its responsibilities.
The Army of James II, 1685-1688: The Birth of the British Army by Stephen Ede-Borrett. Reveals the importance of the last Stuart king in the creation of the British Army.
Victoria & Albert: A Royal Love Affair by Daisy Goodwin and Sara Sheridan. The official companion to the second season of the PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria. Drawing on letters and diaries, it charts Queen Victoria's ardent marriage.
Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury. Queen Victoria had over 30 grandchildren, and she was determined to maneuver them into dynastic marriages with the royal houses of Europe.
Betrayer's Waltz: The Unlikely Bond Between Marie Valerie of Austria and Hitler's Princess-Spy by Jennifer Bowers Bahney. Archduchess Marie Valerie was the favorite daughter of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph. Her husband's mistress Stephanie Richter married a German prince and became a Nazi spy.
Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs by Greg King and Penny Wilson. In 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary shot his mistress and himself. Drawing on interviews with members of the Habsburg family and archival sources, this book reconstructs what happened and refutes conspiracy stories.
The Empire Must Die: Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917 by Mikhail Zygar. In 1912, Russia experienced a flowering of liberalism and tolerance, but its princes, archdukes, and generals bled the country dry, and by 1917 the consensus was that the Empire must die.
Queens Matter in Early Modern Studies edited by Anna Riehl Bertolet. Essays about two centuries of queens and their afterlives -- historical, mythological, and literary.
The Khmer Kings and the History of Cambodia: Book I by Kenneth T. So. Covers every significant Cambodian historical event, place, and person from the 1st century to 1595 (Funan, Chenla, Angkor and Longvek periods). Includes detailed genealogical charts.
The Khmer Kings and the History of Cambodia: Book II by Kenneth T. So. How ancient relationships between Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam evolved from 1595 to the contemporary period.
Lili'uokalani: A Royal Album by Allan Seidan. Pictures and design from the Hawaiian queen's own photo albums.
Godfrey of Bouillon: Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Ruler of Latin Jerusalem, c. 1060-1100 by Simon John. Examines Godfrey's involvement in the First Crusade in the light of the careers of his ancestors and his own activities in Lotharingia.
Neslishah, The Last Ottoman Princess: A Life of Palaces and Exile From Istanbul to Cairo by Murat Bardakçi, translated by Meyzi Baran. Biography of Fatma Neslisah Sultan, a granddaughter of the last Ottoman sultan, Mehmed VI. Her husband was regent for the last Egyptian king, Fuad II.
The Lost Kingdom: Memoir of an Afghan Prince by Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan. The author, a nephew of King Amanullah I, tells the inside story of four decades of history, from the Cold War era to the Soviet takeover that forced him to escape from his homeland in disguise.
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef. Victoria woke one morning at the age of eighteen to discover that she was Britain's queen. She went on to reign for 63 years. This biography includes a bibliography and a royal family tree.
Published in October 2017
Modern British Royalty
Inside the Royal Wardrobe: A Dress History of Queen Alexandra by Kate Strasdin. Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII, used clothes to fashion images of herself as a wife, a mother and a royal.
The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 by Robert Lacey. The official companion to the Netflix drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Includes behind-the-scenes photos.
Royal Gifts by Sally Goodsir. Published to coincide with a Buckingham Palace exhibition, this book presents gifts given Queen Elizabeth II from more than one hundred countries.
British Royal History
1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John by Ed West. How King John's rule changed England forever.
Revolution: The History of England from the Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo by Peter Ackroyd. Takes readers from the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, an era of coffee houses and playhouses, newspapers and novels, shops, and extraordinary technological innovation.
The Image of the Black Prince in Georgian and Victorian England: Negotiating the Late Medieval Past by Barbara Gribling. Explores the uses of 14th-century hero Edward the Black Prince's image in debates about politics, character, war and empire.
Tudors and Stuarts
The Burning Time: Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, and the Protestant Martyrs of London by Virginia Rounding. Focuses on Richard Rich, who helped send many devout people to their deaths, and John Deane, who navigated the treacherous waters of changing dogma to help others survive.
The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr by Leanda de Lisle. Biography of the high-minded king who paid a terrible price for the personal honor he valued.
To Catch a King: Charles II's Great Escape by Charles Spencer. Tells the story of the manhunt for Charles II after his army was crushed at the battle of Worcester. Pursued for six weeks by Cromwell's soldiers, he escaped using disguise, deception, fortitude, and good luck.
Anna of Denmark and Henrietta Maria: Virgins, Witches, and Catholic Queens by Susan Dunn-Hensley. How early Stuart queens navigated their roles as political players and artistic patrons in a culture deeply conflicted about female authority.
Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl by Jay Jorgensen and Manoah Bowman. A visual biography of actress Grace Kelly's career, chronicled in 400 photos. (Grace Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco.)
Amalasuintha: The Transformation of Queenship in the Post-Roman World by Massimiliano Vitiello. The Ostrogothic queen Amalasuintha (c. 494/5-535), daughter of Theoderic the Great, formed a co-regency with her cousin Theodahad, whom she raised to the throne. His betrayal would cost Amalasuintha her rule and her life.
Rebel Barons: Resisting Royal Power in Medieval Culture by Luke Sunderland. Epic poems, prose, and chronicles reflected aristocratic concerns about tyranny and were models of violent opposition to sovereigns.
Bulgarians by Birth: The Comitopuls, Emperor Samuel and Their Successors According to Historical Sources and the Historiographic Tradition by Vasilka Tapkova-zaimova. A collection of sources about Bulgaria's Cometopuli dynasty, Tsar Samuel, and his war with the Byzantine Empire.
The French Revolution and Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World by Lynn Hunt and Jack R. Censer. A globally-oriented narrative history of events from 1789 until the fall of Napoleon. Includes maps and timelines.
The 'Sailor Prince' in the Age of Empire: Creating a Monarchical Brand in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Miriam Magdalena Schneider. Traces the careers and travels of Prince Alfred of Britain, Prince Heinrich of Prussia, Prince Valdemar of Denmark, and Prince Georgios of Greece.
The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan. Chronicles the years 133-80 BC, a time of bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama.
Caracalla: A Military Biography by Ilkka Syvänne. Guilty of many murders and massacres (including his own brother, ex-wife and daughter), Caracalla was nonetheless popular with the army.
Emperor Alexander Severus: Rome's Age of Insurrection, AD 222-235 by John S. McHugh. Alexander Severus came to the throne through the brutal murder of his cousin Elagabalus, and was assassinated himself. Yet ancient sources present his reign as a golden age of justice and tolerance.
Gaiseric: The Vandal Who Destroyed Rome by Ian Hughes. The Vandal king Gaiseric's son, Huneric, was betrothed to Eudoxia, daughter of Roman emperor Valentinian III. Her appeal for help after her father's murder led Gaiseric to invade and sack Rome.
Genghis Khan and the Quest for God by Jack Weatherford. How the 13th century conqueror harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known.
Letters From St Petersburg: A Siamese Prince at the Court of the Last Tsar by Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, translation and commentary by Narisa Chakrabongse. This is a collection of letters to and from one of King Chulalongkorn of Siam's sons. During Prince Chakrabongse's eight-year stay in Russia, Tsar Nicholas II treated him like a family member.
The Kings of Ayutthaya: A Creative Retelling of Siamese History by Robert Smith. Part fact, part fiction, this book brings to life the kingdom of Ayutthaya from its roots in the kingdom of Sukhothai to its destruction by the Burmese in 1767.
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