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Published in September 2017
Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir. Spanning the years 1066 to 1154, this book focuses on five English queens, including Matilda of Flanders, Matilda of Scotland, and Empress Maud.
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
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.
The Day the King Defaulted: Financial Lessons From the Stop of the Exchequer in 1672 by Moshe Arye Milevsky. This book studies King Charles II's decision to stop all payments from his royal exchequer. The decision left bankers unable to cover their own liabilities, and many spent the end of their lives in debtors' prison.
Queen Elizabeth II
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.
Her Majesty the Queen, as Seen by Mac: Cartoons from the Daily Mail. More than 120 newspaper cartoons featuring Her Majesty, from the 1970s until the present day.
The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution by Robert Service. An account of the last 18 months of Nicholas II's life and reign, based in part on the Tsar's diaries and recorded conversations.
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.
Monarchy Transformed: Princes and Their Elites in Early Modern Western Europe edited by Robert von Friedeburg and John Morrill. Argues that the new monarchies that emerged during the 'long 17th century' were not states in a modern sense, but princely dynasties.
Empress of the East: How a European Slave Girl Became Queen of the Ottoman Empire by Leslie Pearce. A Christian slave girl, Roxelana was brought to the harem of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, who freed and married her.
To Kill a Sultan: A Transnational History of the Attempt on Abdülhamid II edited by Houssine Alloul, Edhem Eldem, and Henk de Smaele. In 1905, a car bomb in Istanbul left 26 dead but its target, Ottoman sultan Abdulhamid II, was unscathed. The arrest of a Belgian anarchist for participating in the plot sparked international reaction.
Published in August 2017
Saxons vs. Vikings: Alfred the Great and England in the Dark Ages by Ed West. In 871, three of England's four kingdoms were overrun by Vikings. Yet within a decade, Alfred the Great drove them out of half of England.
1066 and Before All That: The Battle of Hastings, Anglo-Saxon and Norman England by Ed West. Explains how the disastrous Battle of Hastings changed England and the English forever.
Alfred the Great by Daniel Anlezark. A reassessment of the famous ruler of Wessex, both as a man and as a legendary construct.
The Warrior Queen: The Life and Legend of Aethelflaed, Daughter of Alfred the Great by Joanna Arman. A skilled diplomat, Æthelflæd was willing to resort to deception and force to maintain her power. Yet she also used poetic tradition and written history to shape her reputation as a Christian maiden struggling against the heathen foe.
Rebellion in the Reign of Charles II by Julian Whitehead. King Charles survived plots and rebellions with a mixture of guile, espionage, propaganda, covert operations and military oppression.
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites by David Forsyth. Produced for an exhibition, this book includes photos of objects and paintings associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie, along with specially commissioned essays.
Margaret, Queen of Sicily by Jacqueline Alio. For five years during the 12th century, Margaret of Navarre was the most powerful woman in Europe and the Mediterranean. This biography includes maps and genealogical tables.
Dracula by Matei Cazacu, translated by Nicole Mordarski and others. A scholarly biography of the Wallachian prince Vlad III the Impaler.
Colonization, Piracy, and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens edited by Estelle Paranque, Nate Probasco, and Claire Jowitt. Essays examining the international influence of female rulers from 1450 through 1700, including Queen Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici.
Louis XIV by Richard Wilkinson. This biography focuses on the French king's personal life and argues that his rule resulted in the suffering of millions. New paperback edition.
The Kingdom of Rus' by Christian Raffensperger. Deeply integrated with medieval Europe, in the 11th and 12th centuries Rus' was the largest kingdom in Christendom.
The Assassination of King Shaka: Zulu History's Dramatic Moment by John Laband. Why did prominent members of the royal house conspire to kill King Shaka? This book is based on Zulu oral testimony and other evidence.
African Perspectives of King Dingane kaSenzangakhona: The Second Monarch of the Zulu Kingdom by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu. Examines the active role played by Africans in the pre-colonial production of historical knowledge in South Africa.
The Women Who Built the Ottoman World: Female Patronage and the Architectural Legacy of Gulnus Sultan by Muzaffer Ozgules. Sultans' wives, mothers, and harem heads left a great array of buildings, including opulent palaces and mausoleums, and bridges and waterworks.
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory. Lady Jane Grey and her two sisters, Katherine and Mary, face the consequences when they dare to defy their queens.
Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge by Portia Summers. Learn about Catherine's life and the issues that are important to her. Easy-to-follow text is supported by full-color photos and quotes from the Duchess. For readers ages 7 to 10.
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