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The King Is Dead by Suzannah Lipscomb. The author examines the background to the drafting of the last will and testament of Henry VIII, describes Henry's last days, and offers her own interpretation of the document. Illustrated with portraits of the key figures at Henry's court. Published in December 2016.

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Published in January 2017


Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen by Helen Rappaport. This book follows the early years of the young queen's reign, based closely on her own letters and journals. (Official companion book to the 2016 TV series starring Jenna Coleman as Victoria.)

Mary I: The Daughter of Time by John Edwards. A short biography of the English queen whose reputation was buried under a great mass of propaganda during the reign of her younger sister, Elizabeth I.

Battle Royal: The Wars of the Roses, 1440-1462 by Hugh Bicheno. The first volume of a two-part history of the dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York. Includes 16 pages of illustrations and maps.

The First Prince of Wales? Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, 1063-75 by Sean Davies. Bleddyn ap Cynfyn ruled Gwynedd and Powys, and tried to recreate the kingdom of Wales.

Royal Wills in Britain From 1509 to 2008 by Michael L. Nash. This period covers the wills of Henry VIII, Edward VI and George I, which all sought to divert the rules of succession; other wills which brought into focus the differences between state and personal property; and recent wills which were sealed from public view.

Queen Elizabeth II's Britain by Jacqui Bailey. An illustrated celebration of British history under the longest-reigning monarch.


Blanche of Castile: Queen of France by Lindy Grant. The first modern scholarly biography of the mother of the saintly Louis IX.

Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny by Michael Broers. The first volume of a two-part biography that makes full use of Napoleon Bonaparte's newly released personal correspondence.

Royal Bastards: The Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230 by Sara McDougall. Well into the late 12th century, ideas of what made a child a legitimate heir depended upon the social status and lineage of both parents, not their marital status. Includes genealogical charts of the House of Jerusalem and Iberian royal houses.

Frederick, Conrad and Manfred of Hohenstaufen, Kings of Sicily: The Chronicle of Nicholas of Jamsilla 1210-1258, translation and commentary by Louis Mendola. The first English translation of a chronicle written in Latin during the 13th century at the traveling court of Manfred von Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily.

Alexander the Great

In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great by David Grant. The five surviving accounts of Alexander the Great's death are often contradictory. This book delves into the forgeries and biased historians, Alexander's own mercurial personality, and the careers and the wars of his successors.

The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire by Pierre Briant, translated by Nicholas Elliott. In the minds of 18th-century intellectuals, Alexander was a civilizing force whose conquests revitalized Asian lands that had lain stagnant under despotic rulers.

Roman Empire

The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication by Kaius Tuori. How the emperor of Rome came to assume the mantle of a judge, from Augustus to the days leading up to the Severan dynasty.

The Emperor and the Army in the Later Roman Empire, AD 235-395 by Mark Hebblewhite. Each emperor employed a range of strategies to convince the army that the empire could only prosper under his rule.


Norman Kings of Sicily and the Rise of the Anti-Islamic Critique: Baptized Sultans by Joshua C. Birk. How and why the Norman rulers of 11th and 12th century Sicily, who were Christians, came to depend on their Muslim subjects to project and enforce their power.

Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah by Ian D. Wilson. How postmonarchic society in ancient Judah remembered and imagined its monarchy, and kingship in general.

Dining at the Safavid Court: 16th Century Royal Persian Recipes by M. R. Ghanoonparvar. This is the translation of a culinary treatise prepared for Shah Abbas I, along with modernized recipes.

On Kings by David Graeber & Marshall Sahlins. This collection of essays by two anthropologists explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically.


First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson. Jasper Tudor, loyal half-brother to England's King Henry VI, must draw on all his guile and courage to preserve the throne.

Two Empresses by Brandy Purdy. The story of two beautiful cousins from the island paradise of Martinique. One becomes empress of France, and the other finds herself in the sultan of Turkey's harem.

Children's Books

Lost Kings and Kingdoms by Robyn Hardyman. Offers insights into familiar legends such as Camelot, as well as history of lost kingdoms of Africa, Asia, and the early Americas. For children ages 9 to 12.

Published in December 2016


Edward I: A Second Arthur? by Andy King. This short biography brings to life King Edward I (1272-1307), a strange, complex man who ruled with ruthlessness and confidence, undoing the chaotic failure of his father, Henry III.

Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis. Biography that presents "the Nine Days Queen" as a charismatic, intelligent, determined young religious radical.

The Windsor Dynasty, 1910 to the Present: Long to Reign Over Us? edited by Matthew Glencross, Judith Rowbotham, and Michael D. Kandiah. Starting with George V, this collection considers the repackaging of the British royal family for mass consumption via the media and the modernization of its relations with the military.


The Emperor Charles V by Martyn Rady. A clear introduction to the Holy Roman Emperor and his role in the often confusing events in the first half of the 16th century.

Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie by Will Bashor. The final days of the prisoner registered as Widow Capet, a time that was a cruel mixture of grandeur, humiliation, and terror.

Kings and Warriors in Early North-West Europe edited by Jan Erik Rekdaland Charles Doherty. Essays examine how medieval Norse, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon writers highlighted the role of the warrior in relation to kings and society.

Queen Hedwig Eleonora and the Arts: Court Culture in Seventeenth-Century Northern Europe edited by Kristoffer Neville and Lisa Skogh. As queen consort and dowager, Hedwig Eleonora (1636-1715), wife of King Charles X Gustav of Sweden, left a strong mark on Swedish court culture.

Voices of Conscience by Nicole Reinhardt. Royal confessors and political counsel in 17th century Spain and France.

The Diary of Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, 1781-1785: New Evidence of Queenship at Court by Cinzia Recca. This book focuses on the political influence that Queen Maria Carolina wielded beside her husband, King Ferdinand IV.

Philip the Arab: A Study in Prejudice by Yasmine Zahran. Originally from Syria, Roman emperor Philip I ruled from AD 244 to 249. He is remembered for being sympathetic to the Christian faith and bringing peace with the Sassanid Empire.


Military, Monarchy and Repression: Assessing Thailand's Authoritarian Turn edited by Kevin Hewison and Veerayooth Kanchoochat. This book addresses the modern Thai monarchy's pivotal role in opposing electoral democracy.

Kings and Usurpers in the Seleukid Empire: The Men Who Would Be King by Boris Chrubasik. Kings and would-be kings were in constant competition to win support from cities and armies.

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