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Published in August 2016
The Fall of Heaven: The Pahlavis and the Final Days of Imperial Iran by Andrew Scott Cooper. Account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of Empress Farah, Iranian revolutionaries, and former US officials.
Robert the Bruce by Fiona Watson. From disastrous beginnings after he murdered a rival and took the throne of Scotland, Robert I became a military leader of consummate genius.
Queen Elizabeth II by Victoria Arbiter. A brief biography of the monarch who vowed to dedicate her life to service and duty on behalf of her country.
Imaging Stuart Family Politics: Dynastic Crisis and Continuity by Catriona Murray. Children of the royal Stuart dynasty were presented to the public through texts, images and public celebrations, exposing them to intense scrutiny.
Henry the Young King, 1155-1183 by Matthew Strickland. Eldest son of Henry II, Henry the Young King was crowned at 15, during his father's lifetime, to secure the succession. Denied direct rule, he waged war against his father and his brother Richard.
The Divorce of King Lothar and Queen Theutberga by Hincmar of Rheims, translated and annotated by Rachel Stone and Charles West. Written in the 9th century, this is a key source for the first royal divorce scandal of the Middle Ages: King Lothar II of Lotharingia's attempt to rid himself of his queen.
Pleasure and Politics at the Court of France by Louis I. Hamilton. The artistic patronage of French queen Marie de Brabant (1260-1321).
I Love You Madly: Marie Antoinette and Count Fersen by Evelyn Farr. The letters of Axel von Fersen and French queen Marie-Antoinette reveal that they were lovers. This book explains how they communicated using code and invisible ink, secret seals, and double envelopes.
Royal Rebel by Soma Norodom. The author is a Cambodian princess who was raised in the United States. Returning to Cambodia as an adult in 2010, she became a critic of the government and the royal family.
The Life and Legacy of Constantine: Traditions Through the Ages edited by M. Shane Bjornlie. Essays on how Roman emperor Constantine the Great's memory has been constructed by the human imagination.
Queenship, Gender, and Reputation in the Medieval and Early Modern West, 1060-1600 edited by Zita Eva Rohr and Lisa Benz. A collection of essays that question the propaganda, gossip, and rumor that still characterizes some queens in modern histories.
Crowns and Colonies: European Monarchies and Overseas Empires edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery. This collection of essays explores the connections between monarchy and colonialism, with case studies drawn from Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
The Singing Turk by Larry Wolff. Ottoman Power and operatic emotions on the European stage from the Siege of Vienna to the age of Napoleon.
The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven. This book places Russia at the very center of the history of the First World War. New paperback edition.
Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory. English king Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon, forms a special bond with his sisters, Margaret and Mary Tudor, that lasts through betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion.
Marie Antoinette, Phantom Queen by Rodolphe and Annie Goetzinger. In this graphic novel (comic book), a 1930s artist communicates with the ghost of French queen Marie Antoinette.
Nero: Ruthless Roman Emperor by Shalini Saxena. From the History's Most Murderous Villains series for children ages 10 to 13.
Genghis Khan: Fierce Mongolian Conqueror by PV Knight. Biography of the Mongolian nomad who built an empire across three continents. For ages 10 to 13.
Vlad the Impaler: Bloodthirsty Medieval Prince by John Shea. The true story of the brutal 15th century ruler and his fight against the Ottoman Empire. For ages 10 to 13.
Ivan the Terrible: Terrifying Tyrant of Russia by Ryan Nagelhout. Biography of the menacing 16th century prince who became the first tsar of Russia. For ages 10 to 13.
Mary Queen of Scots and All That by Allan Burnett, illustrated by Scoular Anderson. A humorous look at Mary's life, her rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, and the secret plots that led to her execution.
Published in July 2016
King Arthur by Nick Higham. A look at legends about King Arthur and their possible historical sources.
Edward III: A Heroic Failure by Jonathan Sumption. Edward ruled England for 50 years and was regarded with awe even by his enemies. But he lived too long, and saw 30 years of conquests reversed in less than five years. From the Penguin Monarchs series.
Royal Album: The Queen at 90 by Sam Wilkinson. Take a look back at Queen Elizabeth II's life, from her early years, to her marriage, coronation, and more. Includes photos.
Tudors and Stuarts
The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman. The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by attendants, courtiers and ministers. This book examines the accounts of these eyewitnesses to reveal the truth behind the Tudors' glamorous exterior.
Henry VII: The Maligned Tudor King by Terry Breverton. Biography of the unlikely monarch who became "England's wisest and greatest king."
Insurrection: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Pilgrimage of Grace by Susan Loughlin. In 1536, 30,000 men took up arms against King Henry VIII. It was the largest spontaneous uprising against a Tudor monarch.
Henry VIII: The Evolution of a Reputation by Keith Dockray and Alan Sutton. An illustrated survey of the evolution of the king's reputation over half a millennium.
Jacobites: A New History of the '45 Rebellion by Jacqueline Riding. The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46 was potentially catastrophic for the British crown. With support from French king Louis XV, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and his army army advanced all the way to Derby, a mere 120 miles from London, before a series of missteps doomed the rebellion.
Marie-Antoinette by Hélène Delalex, Alexandre Maral, and Nicolas Milavanovic. This illustrated volume tells Marie-Antoinette's story through the objects and locations that made up her world, from her upbringing in Austria to her life and death in France.
Frederick Barbarossa: The Prince and the Myth by John B. Freed. Born of two of Germany's most powerful families, Frederick I became emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1155. This biography paints a picture of a consummate diplomat and effective warrior.
Napoleon Bonaparte by William Doyle. A brief biography of the man who rose from obscure origins and turned Europe upside down in a space of less than 20 years.
The Emperor Nero: A Guide to the Ancient Sources edited by Anthony A. Barrett, Elaine Fantham, and John C. Yardley. Clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources for Nero's life and rule, along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero.
Great Eagle: Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror by Aytac Ozkan. Biography of the Ottoman sultan that emphasizes his organizational and administrative abilities.
Sultan Selim I: The Conqueror of the East by Fatih Akce. Focuses on the life of Selim I, including his struggle for power, his first and second campaigns to the East, and the period of caliphate.
The Palace Law of Ayuttaha and the Thammasat: Law and Kingship in Siam translated by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit. The Palace Law, probably dating to the late 15th century, covers family arrangements, court protocol, warfare, royal women, and ceremonial conduct.
The Campaigns of Sargon II, King of Assyria, 721-705 B.C. by Sarah C. Melville. The first in-depth military study of the great Assyrian king, drawing from cuneiform inscriptions, the letters of Sargon and his officials, and monumental art.
In the Garden of the Gods: Models of Kingship from the Sumerians to the Seleucids by Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides. Argues that the emphasis on the divine favor bestowed upon kings in the Ancient Near East should be understood metaphorically, and that empires' ideological agendas were shaped by class rather than race.
John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium: In the Shadow of Father and Son edited by Alessandra Bucossi and Alex Rodriguez Suarez. Papers about the Byzantine emperor John II Comnenus, who reigned from 1118 to 1143.
The Power of Place: Rulers and Their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places by David Rollason. Explores the nature of power through the places rulers created or developed.
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