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Published in March 2014
Rebellion: Britain's First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642 by Tim Harris. The reign of James VI and Charles I, and why ultimately all three of their kingdoms were to rise in rebellion against Stuart rule.
Queen Caroline: Cultural Politics at the Early Eighteenth-Century Court by Joanna Marschner. As the wife of King George II, Caroline of Ansbach made significant contributions to the arts and strengthened the royal family's connections to English society.
The Daughters of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine by Colette Bowie. A comparative study of 12th century royal women.
Bonnie Prince Charlie: Truth or Lies by Roderick Graham. Explores 10 myths about Bonnie Prince Charlie, revealing why he converted to the Church of England, who his mysterious wife was, and the real reason he wanted to take the British throne.
Thomas Cromwell: Servant to Henry VIII by David Loades. This biography shows how Cromwell managed his relationship with Henry VIII, and how he manipulated the politics of the court that eventually destroyed him.
The Progresses and Public Processions of Queen Elizabeth by John Nichols, edited by Elizabeth Goldring, Faith Eales, Elizabeth Clarke, Jayne Elisabeth Archer. Old-spelling edition of the early modern materials, based on a critical re-examination of sources. Includes translations of non-English material, full annotation, illustrations, and maps. Five-volume set (very expensive).
Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses by Helen Rappaport. An account of the last tsar of Russia's daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, drawing on their own letters and diaries and other primary sources.
The Medicean Succession by Gregory Murry. Monarchy and sacral politics in Duke Cosimo dei Medici's Florence.
Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny v. 1 by Michael Broers. The first biography of Napoleon that makes full use of the unsanitized version of his correspondence. It reveals a man of intense emotion, iron self-discipline, acute intelligence and immeasurable energy.
Faisal I of Iraq by Ali A. Allawi. Born in 1883, King Faisal I of Iraq was a central player in the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of new Arab states.
The Princess Nun: Bunchi, Buddhist Reform, and Gender in Early Edo Japan by Gina Cogan. Tells the story of Bunchi (1619-1697), a Buddhist nun who was the daughter of Emperor Go-Mizunoo, showing how her aristocratic status enabled her to carry out reforms despite her gender.
Living With the Ancestors: Kinship and Kingship in Ancient Maya Society by Patricia A. McAnany. Ancestor veneration in the Maya region traditionally was associated with divine kingship and royal genealogies. In this study, the author challenges this assumption.
Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak. The Russian monarch recalls her rise to the throne, her rule over the world's greatest power, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared woman of her time.
Queen Elizabeth's Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill. Mistress Mary Shelton is Elizabeth I's favorite ward, but when Mary falls in love with the wrong man and defies the Queen, Elizabeth's wrath knows no bounds.
The Chronicles of Pauncefoot and Longshanks: The Making of a King by David Stedman. Tells the story of a (fictional) jester who insinuates himself into the service of England's future king Edward I, known as Longshanks.
Black Rock by Louise Hoole. Should ambition cease with death? Napoleon Bonaparte doesn't think so. His ghost is hungrier than ever. Set in 1821 on the island of St Helena during the week between Napoleon's death and burial, this historical who-done-it draws upon the letters and memoirs of those who made up Napoleon's last court.
The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley. From the servant halls of Cleopatra's Egyptian palace to the courts of Herod the Great, Lydia serves two queens to see prophecy fulfilled. (Christian fiction)
Published in February 2014
British Royal History
The Queen's Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court by Anna Whitelock. This book reconstructs Queen Elizabeth I's quarters and the women who patrolled them. It is a story of sex, gossip, conspiracy, and intrigue at court.
A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography by Anne M. Lyden. Essays about Victoria's role in shaping the history of photography as well as photography's role in shaping her image. Includes more than 150 color images, several rarely seen.
The Kings & Queens of England by Robert Parker. A concise look at the lives and personalities of the monarchs and also the impact of their reigns.
The Survival of the Crown by Robert Stedall. The return to authority of the Scottish crown following Mary Queen of Scots' deposition from the throne, 1567 to 1603. This is the second volume in a series; the first volume is The Challenge to the Crown, about the changing allegiances of the nobility during Mary Queen of Scots' reign.
Modern British Royalty
Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar Commonwealth by Philip Murphy. Argues that the monarchy's relationship with the Commonwealth, initially a means of strengthening imperial ties, became an impediment to British foreign policy.
London's Royal Parks by Paul Rabbitts. The history of London's royal parks and how they have evolved from private royal hunting grounds and gardens into modern public spaces.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family in Canada: Golden Jubilee Edition by Ron Poling. Photos and interviews from royal visits to Canada.
Feminism, Absolutism, and Jansenism: Louis XIV and the Port-Royal Nuns by Daniella Kostroun. The abbey of Port-Royal-des-Champs was disbanded by Louis XIV in 1709 as a threat to the state. Its nuns responded to royal persecution with a defense of women's equality and the autonomy of the individual subject, challenging the foundations of absolutism.
Live Like a Maharaja: How to Turn Your Home Into a Palace by Amrita Gandhi. The author has been a guest to royal families all over India. In this book she offers royal lifestyle tips and secrets.
Rise of an Empire: How One Man United Greece to Defeat Xerxes's Persians by Stephen Dando-Collins. How Athenian general Themistocles became warlord of Greece and defeated Persian king Xerxes' fleet. This nonfiction book is a tie-in to the movie 300: Rise of an Empire.
Petitioning the Sultan: Protests and Justice in Late Ottoman Palestine by Yuval Ben-Bassat. Examines petitions sent during the last decades of the empire to the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II.
Girl on the Golden Coin: A Novel of Frances Stuart by Marci Jefferson. In 1660, the Restoration of monarchy in England returns Frances Stuart to favor, but she has family secrets to protect. She inspires King Charles II to greatness and survives the debauchery of the court, yet loses her heart.
The Adventures of Harald: Last King of the Vikings by Thomas J. T. Williams. An illustrated adventure telling the story of King Harald Sigurdsson.
Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton Paper Dolls by Norma Lu Meehan. This 8-page book features two Kate dolls, a Prince William doll, and 17 outfits for Kate, including her wedding gown.
Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings by Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Shirin Adl. A collection of 10th century stories and myths from ancient Iran, filled with kings, heroes, princesses, magical animals and demons.
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