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Victoria: The Queen by Julia Baird. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this biography reveals a woman who struggled with marital strife, anxiety, and finding an identity. Published in November 2016.

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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.

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

Published in November 2016


Æthelred the Unready by Levi Roach. The Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred (978-1016) is infamous for his failure to fend off Viking raids and his harsh treatment of political opponents, but this book suggests he has been maligned.

Summer of Blood: England's First Revolution by Dan Jones. In the summer of 1381, ravaged by poverty, the people of England rose up against 14-year-old King Richard II and his most powerful lords and knights.

Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by Gerald Prenderghast. The fate of Richard III's vanished nephews, Edward V and Richard of York, remains controversial. This book examines their possible fates.

Edward IV: The Summer King by A. J. Pollard. In 1461, Edward Earl of March, a handsome 18-year old, usurped the English throne from Henry VI. His reign brought economic and industrial expansion, but he squandered his talents in a frenzy of excess.

Queen Victoria and the European Empires by John Van Der Kiste. An account of Queen Victoria's relationships with kings and queens, emperors, empresses, and other royals of France, Germany, Austria and Russia.


The Captivity of John II, 1356-60: The Royal Image in Later Medieval England and France by Neil Murphy. Analyzes the display of royal power during French king Jean II's four years in English captivity during the Hundred Years War.

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Gristwood. A group biography of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history, including Isabella of Castile, Catherine de Medici, Margaret of Austria, Mary Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I.

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.

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith. This biography draws on forgotten documents to present Rasputin in all his complexity -- man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard.


Tourism and Monarchy in Southeast Asia edited by Ploysri Poranandond and Victor T. King. A collection of essays based on case studies from Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.

Fit for a Queen: Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's Creations by Balmain by Melissa Leventon. Includes photographs of many of the outfits French couturier Pierre Balmain designed for Thailand's Queen Sirikit during their 22-year-long association.

The King and the Land: A Geography of Royal Power in the Biblical World by Stephen C. Russell. How the monarchies in ancient Israel and Judah asserted their power over strategically important places.

Ptolemy I: King and Pharaoh of Egypt by Ian Worthington. The founder of Egypt's royal Ptolemaic dynasty was a Macedonian bodyguard of Alexander the Great. This biography traces his life from his boyhood friendship with Alexander to his reign over Egypt.

Ottoman Women Builders: The Architectural Patronage of Hadice Turhan Sultan by Lucienne Thys-Senocak. Captured in Russia at the age of twelve, Hadice Turhan Sultan became the mother of Sultan Mehmed IV. After she came to power as queen mother in 1648, she expressed her authority and piety through architecture.

Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World by Thomas F. Madden. From its ancient past to the present, meet the city through its citizens -- and the rulers who built it up and then destroyed it.


Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. A fictional account of Queen Victoria's youth, based on her diaries.

The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik'nal of Palenque by Leonide Martin. Yohl Ik'nal, first Mayan woman ruler, must overcome forces opposing her rule... betrayal and revenge, attack by enemy cities, and shamanic powers.

Children's Books

Boudicca by Paul Harrison. The story of the queen of the Iceni tribe who led a rebellion against Roman rule that is remembered to this day. For ages 9 to 11.

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