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Published in October 2014
On Duty With the Queen: My Time as a Buckingham Palace Press Officer by Dickie Arbiter. From escorting Prince Charles on far-flung trips across the globe to becoming one of Princess Diana's most trusted confidantes, Dickie Arbiter was catapulted into the media circus surrounding the world's most famous family.
Victoria: A Life by A. N. Wilson. This biography portrays Queen Victoria as a woman battling with demons and overcoming them, largely alone.
Edward II: The Unconventional King by Kathryn Warner. Focuses on the king's relationships with his male favourites and his disaffected wife, his unorthodox hobbies, and the mystery surrounding his death, using almost exclusively 14th century sources and Edward's own letters and speeches.
Rulership and Rebellion in the Anglo-Norman World, c.1066-c.1216 edited by Paul Dalton and David Luscombe. Essays about the power, government, and influence of kings, queens and other lords.
Royal Ceremony: The Pageantry Explained by Christopher Lee. This handbook explains the history and reason behind royal ceremonies, the characters involved, the dress and costume, and the presentation of the monarch in relation to state functions.
Diana and Beyond by Raka Shome. The death of Princess Diana unleashed an international outpouring of grief. This book examines how images of white femininity in popular culture intersect with issues of race, gender, class, and national identity.
Isabella: The Warrior Queen by Kirstin Downey. This biography tells the story of the fervent Queen Isabella of Castile, the faith that propelled her, and the land of ancient conflicts she brought under her command.
Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II by Geoffrey Parker. A biography of Spain's King Felipe II, husband of England's Queen Mary I, based on documents that have changed significantly what we know about him.
Ferdinand II, Counter-Reformation Emperor, 1578-1637 by Robert Bireley. Biography of the Holy Roman Emperor who was important in the Counter-Reformation in central Europe, the Thirty Years War, and the consolidation of the Habsburg monarchy.
Making Yugoslavs: Identity in King Aleksandar's Yugoslavia by Christian Axboe Nielsen. In 1929, King Alexander suspended the Yugoslav constitution, but his attempt to create a unified Yugoslav nation failed and he was assassinated.
A Chronicle of the Kings of the Visigoths by Malcolm Drew Donalson. From Alraric to the Moorith conquest (395-737 A.D.)
The Congress of Vienna: Power and Politics After Napoleon by Brian E. Vick. Considers both the pageantry of the royals and elites who gathered after Napoleon's defeat and the landmark diplomatic agreements they brokered.
Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty by Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang. Explores the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China and the Imperial Palace in Shenyang, China, with 159 color photographs, 28 illustrations and figures, two charts, and two maps.
Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures From the Palace Museum, Beijing by Li Jian. This book accompanies an exhibition of the same name. More than 200 works of art -- court paintings, furniture, costumes, sculpture, decorative objects, arms, and armor -- from the Ming and Qing dynasties are reproduced in full color.
The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney. A biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in ancient Egypt.
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding by Eric Nelson. Argues that many U.S. founding fathers saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown.
The Creation of Inequality by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus. How our prehistoric ancestors set the stage for monarchy, slavery, and empire.
In Bed With Anne Boleyn: A Novel by Lacey Baldwin-Smith. The story of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, through the eyes of Mark Smeaton, the king's favorite musician, and Thomas Cromwell, the king's chief minister.
The May Bride: A Novel by Suzannah Dunn. Jane Seymour, future wife of Henry VIII, finds herself in the midst of scandal and intrigue when her brother brings a bride home to Wolf Hall.
The Queen of Four Kingdoms by Princess Michael of Kent. At the age of 19, Yolande, daughter of a 15th century king of Aragon, marries Duke Louis II of Anjou, cousin of the King of France. She becomes her husband's regent and the saviour of France. New U.S. edition.
The Hundred Days by Joseph Roth, translated by Richard Panchyk. Set during the period between Napoleon's escape from Elba and his defeat at Waterloo, this novel describes the emperor's transformation from godlike ruler to ordinary, humble man. Reprint edition.
Who Was Julius Caesar? by Nico Medina, illustrated by Tim Foley. Children's book about the Roman politician who became dictator for life.
Published in September 2014
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair by Jonathan Beckman. In 1785, a cardinal stood accused of forging Marie Antoinette's signature to steal the most expensive piece of jewelry in Europe. Revelations from the trial would send the French monarchy into a bloody revolution.
Inglorious Royal Marriages: A Demi-Millennium of Unholy Mismatrimony by Leslie Carroll. Outrageous real-life stories of royal marriages gone wrong, including Margaret Tudor and Mary I, who were desperately in love with unfaithful husbands; two Medici princesses who were murdered by their husbands; and Charles II's sister Minette, whose husband wore more makeup than she did.
Dissolving Royal Marriages: A Documentary History, 860-1600 edited by David d'Avray. Drawing from original translations of key source documents, the book sheds new light on elite divorces and annulments. Topics include Eleanor of Aquitaine, King John of England, Plaisance of Cyprus, Alfonso III of Portugal, Margaret Tudor of Scotland, and Henri IV of France.
Napoleon: The End of Glory by Munro Price. This book explores why Napoleon lost his crown, exposing his blindness, intransigence and miscalculations; his preference for war and his declining ability to wage it; and his nearly pathological fear of a dishonorable peace.
The Image and Perception of Monarchy in Medieval and Early Modern Europe edited by Sean McGlynn and Elena Woodacre. A collection of papers from international scholars.
A Royal Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes From Buckingham Palace by Mark Flanagan and Edward Griffiths. Recipes accompanied by tips on presentation and entertaining from Deputy Master of the Royal Household Edward Griffiths. Includes illustrations and explanations of the tableware, floral arrangements, and other decorative items that adorn the royal table throughout the year.
Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son by Penny Junor. Biography by a noted royal family biographer.
Royal Childhood by Anna Reynolds and Lucy Peter. From the time of the palace's purchase by George III in 1761 to the birth of Prince George of Cambridge, this book covers royal children's playtime and hobbies, birthdays, school days, and public outings. Illustrated.
The Last English King by Peter Rex. Biography of Harold Godwinson, the formidable warrior-king whose death in 1066 marked the end of the Anglo-Saxon epoch.
The Demon's Brood: A History of the Plantagenet Dynasty by Desmond Seward. An overview of the whole dynasty, based on major contemporary sources and recent research.
Intimate Letters of England's Kings by Margaret Sanders. Includes letters written by Henry VII, Charles II, and William IV.
Kings & Queens of Great Britain: Every Question Answered by David Soud. Biographies of monarchs from Roman Britannia to the present day, focusing on details of their personalities. Includes a section on royal edicts.
The Magic Kingdom: Property, Monarchy, and the Maximum Republic by Dan Hind. Explores what the republican tradition has to offer the British at a time of deep political, social and economic dislocation.
Tudors and Stuarts
The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered by Tanya Cooper and Charlotte Bolland. Who were the Tudor kings and queens and what did they really look like? This book considering the context in which portraits of the Tudors were made, the motivations of sitters and artists, and how the pictures have been transformed over the centuries.
Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd edited by Janet Arnold. This reference on the vast wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I is illustrated with photographs of portraits, miniatures, tomb sculptures, engravings, woven textiles and embroideries.
Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I by Charles Spencer. In 1649, a tribunal of 135 men unanimously passed a death sentence on King Charles I. When his son Charles II was restored to the throne, he enacted a deadly wave of retribution. This book tells the shocking stories of the men whose fates were determined by that one, momentous decision to kill a king.
James VII: Duke and King of Scots, 1633-1701 by Alastair J. Mann. Investigating the personality and motives of James II (of England) and VII (of Scotland), this biography assesses him as king, family man, and Restoration libertine.
The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah by Rosie Llewellyn-Jones. Biography of the last king of Oudh (Awadh), who reigned from 1847 to 1856. He married over 350 women, directed theatrical events lasting a month, and built a fairytale palace. After his kingdom was annexed by the East India Company, he spent his life trying to recreate his lost paradise.
For Fear of an Elective King by Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon. In 1789, the United States government had to decide how to address the first president, George Washington. More than 30 titles were debated. Many had royal associations and some were clearly monarchical.
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory. The story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of her cousin Henry VIII's stratospheric rise to power. From the Cousins War series.
As a Black Prince on Bloody Fields by Thomas W. Jensen. An uncertain 16-year-old steels himself to lead the vanguard of his father's army. He is Edward Plantagenet, called the Black Prince. This is his story as he tells it, from a childhood in the Tower of London to his love for Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent.
Lady of Passion by Freda Lightfoot. Beautiful and talented actress, poet and fashion icon, Mary Robinson was destined always to be betrayed by the men she loved -- her father, her husband and the Prince of Wales, later George IV, for whom Mary gave up her husband and career, only to be cruelly abandoned.
The Legend of Sheba: Rise of a Queen by Tosca Lee. In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win Solomon, the brash new king of Israel.
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