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Ten States, Five Dynasties, One Great Emperor by Hung Hing Ming. How Emperor Zhao Kuang Yin (Taizu), who reigned from 960 to 976, unified China and founded the Song dynasty. Published in August 2014.

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Published in August 2014


In Search of Alfred the Great: The King, The Grave, The Legend by Edoardo Albert and Katie Tucker. The dramatic life of the king who defended England against the Vikings and was a social and educational reformer.

Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots by Michael Penman. This biography focuses on Robert's kingship in the 15 years that followed his victory over the English.

Jasper Tudor: The Man Who Made the Tudor Dynasty by Terry Breverton. Biography of the Lancastrian half-brother to Henry VI, who fought in the Wars of the Roses from the first battle to the last and lived to forge a new dynasty.

Harry: A Biography by Marcia Moody. Covers Prince Harry's early years, relationships, military career, partying, and royal duties.

Ancient Rome

Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy. Biography of the emperor who was a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless.

AD69: Emperors, Armies and Anarchy by Nic Fields. After the death of Roman emperor Nero, generals of the empire fell into a bloody power struggle to decide who would wear the imperial purple.

First World War

The Emperors: How Europe's Greatest Rulers Were Destroyed by World War I by Gareth Russell. Tells the story of the Austrian, German and Russian imperial families during the First World War, and the political and personal struggles that brought about their ruin.

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life by John Röhl. A concise edition of the author's three-volume biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. It sheds new light on the Kaiser's troubled youth, his involvement in scandals, and his role in the outbreak of the First World War.


Theodahad: A Platonic King at the Collapse of Ostrogothic Italy by Massimiliano Vitiello. Theodahad's unexpected nomination as co-regent by his cousin Queen Amalasuintha plunged him into the intrigues of the Gothic court, and Theodahad soon conspired to assassinate the queen. But, once alone on the throne, his lack of experience made him dangerously incompetent.

The Court and Reign of Francis the First, King of France: 2 Volume Set by Julia Pardoe. This work, first published in 1849, attempts to remove the myths surrounding King Francis I.

The Habsburgs: Dynasty, Culture and Politics by Paula Sutter Fichtner. The death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 sparked World War I. But how did the Habsburg dynasty come to play such a decisive role in the fate of Europe?


Private and Royal Life in the Ottoman Palace by Ilber Ortayli. Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for almost four centuries. This illustrated guide explores Ottoman history as it relates to specific sections of the palace.

Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors by Brian A. Catlos. This reconstruction of the Mediterranean world of 1050 to 1200 overturns the assumption that it was defined by religious extremism. A self-proclaimed Jewish messiah became the force behind Muslim Granada; an Armenian Christian wielded power in an Islamic caliphate; and a Muslim eunuch rose to admiral in the service of Sicily's Roger II, the Christian "King of Africa."


The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson. Novel about Catherine de Valois, the French princess who married King Henry V, told from the point of view of her former wet-nurse.

Published in July 2014


Secret Lives of the Tsars by Michael Farquhar. Three centuries of autocracy, debauchery, betrayal, murder, and madness from Romanov Russia.

The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829-842: Court and Frontier in Byzantium During the Last Phase of Iconoclasm by Juan Signes Codoñer. The author questions whether the Byzantine emperor was really a righteous and learned ruler.

The King's Honor and the King's Cardinal: The War of the Polish Succession by John L. Sutton. In 1733, Augustus II died and the elective throne of Poland fell vacant. The states of Europe began cautious maneuvers to help choose a successor, but soon diplomacy gave way to military force.

Napoleon and the Revolution by David P. Jordan. This book argues that Napoleon saved the work of the French Revolution, albeit unintentionally.

Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment: The French and English Monarchies 1587-1688 by Ronald G. Asch. This study focuses on the interaction between ideas of monarchy and images of power. Even in periods when politics were seemingly secularized, religious images and values still lent legitimacy to royal authority.

British Royalty

Treasures From the Royal Archives by Pamela Clark and others. The documents photographed and described for this volume include state records, letters, diaries, and jottings. Among them are the account books of Elizabeth I, the deeds to Sandringham House, and letters from Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy, 1714-1760 by Rufus Bird and others. Georges I and II, Queen Caroline and Prince Frederick of Wales were all great patrons of the arts. Their collection includes sculptures, paintings, maps, crowns, books, and clocks. This catalog showcases 300 color photographs of the finest works.

The Lordship of England by Scott L. Waugh. Royal wardships and marriages in English society and politics, 1217-1327. (Originally published in 1988.)

Tudors and Stuarts

Tudors Versus Stewarts: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary, Queen of Scots by Linda Porter. Tells the story of divided families, flamboyant kings and queens, blood feuds, sexual license, and violent deaths.

Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts by James Anderson Winn. The last Stuart monarch, Queen Anne (1665-1714) took a connoisseur's interest in all the arts. This biography tells the story of her life in cultural context. Illustrated.

The Queen's Mercy: Gender and Judgment in Representations of Elizabeth I by Mary Villeponteaux. The concept of mercy was a contested one under Elizabeth I, and its cultural representation was shaped by tensions surrounding a woman on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth and the Making of Policy, 1572-1588 by Wallace T. MacCaffrey. Three volumes that chronicle the Queen's decision making throughout her reign, together in paperback for the first time. Originally published in 1981.

Children's Books

Who Was Queen Victoria? by Jim Gigliotti, illustrated by Nancy Harrison and Max Hergenrother. Victoria was raised in near isolation until she became Queen at the age of 18. She married her first cousin, Albert, and had nine children. She became a national icon, but who was she in private? For children age 8 to 12.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. A look at Russia's last tsar and his family, complete with period photographs and primary-source material. For ages 12 and up.

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Gillian Clements. Charts the 1953 ceremony in which the Queen came to the throne, and other major events of the time such as the conquest of Mount Everest.

The Hutchinson Book of Kings & Queens by Tony Robinson. A look at the monarchs of England. Who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet? And who is England's longest reigning monarch?

The Usborne Kings and Queens Sticker Book by Sarah Courtauld and Katie Davies, illustrated by Adam Larkum. Features over 100 stickers with portraits of British kings and queens from the 10th century to the present day, allowing children to match the stickers to their frames.

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