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Published in February 2016
María de Molina, Queen and Regent: Life and Rule in Castile-León, 1259-1321 by Paulette Pepin. Biography of the wife of King Sancho IV, who exercised her queenly power to protect the throne of her son Fernando IV and her grandson Alfonso XI.
A Day at Château de Fontainebleau by Guillaume Picon, photos by Eric Sander. This illustrated, slipcased volume recounts the history of the palace -- one of the few royal residences left intact during the French Revolution.
A Clash of Thrones: The Power-Crazed Medieval Kings, Popes and Emperors of Europe by Andrew Rawson. An account of 450 years of treachery, triumph, and disaster, starting with the Great Schism in 1053 and ending with the discovery of the New World in 1492.
Bad Queen Bess? by Peter Lake. Libels, secret histories, and the politics of publicity in Elizabethan England.
On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court by Erin Griffey. Analyzes the spectacle of the queen's represented image, not only through portraits but also her rich bed ensembles, tapestries, jewelry, clothing, and devotional goods. Illustrated.
How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman. Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, the author explains the intimate details of 16th century living.
Princely Palaces in New Delhi by Sumanta K Bhowmick. This book includes interviews with royalty and unpublished photographs from royal private collections.
Textiles and Costumes at Royal Court of Jaipur by Rahul Jain. The palace stores of Amber and Jaipur once housed spectacular royal tents and fine garments for the princes and other members of the royal household. This lavishly illustrated book is the first comprehensive overview of the court textiles of any princely Indian state.
The Daughters of Palatine Hill: A Novel by Phyllis T. Smith. Three women -- Emperor Augustus's wife, Livia; his daughter, Julia; and and Egypitan pharaoh Cleopatra's daughter, Selene -- navigate the dangerous world of Rome's ruling elite.
The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C. W. Gortner. Fictional account of Pope Alexander VI's daughter, Lucrezia, who is trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival.
Published in January 2016
Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance by Amy License. When the tall, athletic Edward of York married a widow five years his elder, it was to prove an unpopular decision. This book reassesses the queen and her husband.
Henrietta Maria by Dominic Pearce. Biography. The wife of Charles I, Henrietta Maria lived through civil war in both England and France. Her life is a story of elegance, courage, and family devotion.
Down With the Royals by Joan Smith. The author argues that modern Britain should have an elected head of state.
Ruling England 1042-1217 by Richard Huscroft. Beginning just before the Norman Conquest and ending with the ratification of Magna Carta, this book considers the reign of each king. (Second edition.)
The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton. After the death of Henry VIII, his daughter Elizabeth lived with her stepmother, Catherine Parr, and Catherine's new husband, Thomas Seymour. But Seymour's flirtation with Elizabeth created a scandal that was dangerous for them both.
The Last Armada by Des Ekin. The story of Queen Elizabeth, Juan del Águila, Hugh O'Neill, and the 100-day Spanish invasion.
Caligula's Nemi Ships by Charles River editors. The history of the Roman emperor's mysterious luxury boats, which were recovered -- and almost completely destroyed -- in the 20th century.
Scarlet Women: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans, Concubines, and Royal Mistresses by Ian Graham. From ancient Greece to 16th century Venice, from Edo-period Japan to 19th century France, this book uncovers the colorful lives of professional mistresses.
Australia and Monarchy by David Hill. The story of the enduring relationship between Australia and the British monarchy, stretching back to Captain Cook when he claimed the territory for King George III in 1770.
The Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Catherine II and the Ottoman Empire by Brian L. Davies. Explains why the war was crucial to the political triumph of Catherine the Great, the expansion of the Russian Empire, and the rollback of Ottoman power.
Framing Majismo: Art and Royal Identity in Eighteenth-Century Spain by Tara Zanardi. How the popularity of traditional Spanish customs and garment helped the Bourbons fashion themselves as the legitimate rulers of Spain. Illustrated.
Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages: Transcultural Perspectives edited by Markus Stock. Essays on the legends about Alexander the Great that were told throughout Europe, India, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
The Lady of Misrule: A Novel by Suzannah Dunn. The story of Lady Jane Grey's imprisonment in the Tower of London after ruling England for only nine days.
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright. A young woman falls for a boy who turns out to be second in line to the British throne.
Royal Babylon: The Case Against the Monarchy by Heathcote Williams. Lays out in verse form "the criminal record of the British monarchy." (Poetry.)
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