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Published in December 2014
Penguin Monarchs Series (British Royalty)
Henry VIII: The Quest for Fame by John Guy. Charismatic and cruel, Henry VIII became mesmerized by his own legend -- and in the process destroyed and remade England.
Edward VI: The Last Boy King by Stephen Alford. Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII, became king at the age of nine and died unexpectedly at the age of 15. This is a poignant account of a boy learning to come out of the shadows of the aristocrats around him.
Charles I: An Abbreviated Life by Mark Kishlansky. A portrait of one of the most talented, thoughtful, loyal, moral, and yet disastrous of all British rulers.
George V: The Unexpected King by David Cannadine. For a man with conventional tastes and views, George V had a revolutionary impact, inventing the modern monarchy, with its emphasis on family values and duty.
George VI: The Dutiful King by Philip Ziegler. George VI was not born to be king, but he made an admirable one, and was the figurehead of the nation at the time of its greatest trial, the Second World War.
Other British Royalty Books
Royal Family: Years of Transition by Theo Aronson. A study of the Windsor dynasty, both its major and minor members, during the 20th century.
The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh. Takes readers on a tour of the royal residences and tells the personal family stories behind them. Illustrated.
Elizabeth I's Foreign Correspondence: Letters, Rhetoric, and Politics edited by Carlo M. Bajetta, Guillaume Coatalen, and Jonathan Gibson. Although Elizabeth I never left England, throughout her reign she wrote extensively to correspondents abroad, forging relationships that were of central importance to diplomacy and politics.
An Illustrated Introduction to the Stuarts by Pamela Womack. Includes a timeline, a family tree, and chapters on each of the Stuart monarchs.
Queen Anne and the Arts edited by Cedric D. Reverand. Essays make a case for Anne's reign as a time of experimentation and considerable accomplishment in new genres.
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor by Anne Edwards. Biography of Princess May of Teck. Born into a family of impoverished nobility, she became queen, mother of two kings, and a symbol of British majesty. New edition.
A Family of Kings: The Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark by Theo Aronson. The story of the crowned children and grandchildren of Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark, focusing on the half-century before the First World War.
The Man Behind the Queen: Male Consorts in History edited by Charles Beem and Miles Taylor. In this collection of essays, historians analyze how male consorts wielded power, how gender affected their role, and how they contributed to royal families over the centuries.
Princesses on the Wards: Royal Women in Nursing Through Wars and Revolutions by Coryne Hall. The first study of queens and princesses in wartime nursing, from Empress Alexandra of Russia and Queen Marie of Romania to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, and Princess Alice of Greece.
The End of Empire: Napoleon's 1814 Campaign by George Nafziger. Of all his campaigns, Napoleon's 1814 campaign was one of his most brilliant. This book includes specially commissioned maps.
The Fall of the Third Napoleon by Theo Aronson. Analyzes the reasons for the collapse of the French Second Empire, and takes a sympathetic look at Napoleon III and his wife, Eugenie.
The Queen of Sparta: A Novel of Ancient Greece by T. S. Chaudhry. The Persians are poised to conquer all of Greece. The only one standing in their way is Gorgo, Queen of Sparta.
Published in November 2014
A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow. George III and his wife, Queen Charlotte, raised their 13 children in a climate of love, but the king's disapproval alienated his sons, and his determination to protect his daughters from the marriage market left them lonely and resentful. Also published under the title The Strangest Family.
Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King by Mike Pitts. The story of the archaeology behind the dig that found the remains of Richard III, told through photographs, diagrams, and firsthand accounts.
The Warrior King and the Invasion of France by Desmond Seward. About English king Henry V, the Battle of Agincourt, and the campaign that shaped medieval England.
Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans. Considers the medieval primary sources and the post-medieval development of the image of Eleanor, from demonic queen to feminist icon.
The King in Love: Edward VII's Mistresses by Theo Aronson. An account of the loves of the celebrated royal womanizer, including his official mistresses, Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick and Alice Keppel. Reprint edition.
Jasper Tudor: The Man Who Made the Tudor Dynasty by Terry Breverton. Biography of the Lancastrian half-brother to Henry VI, who fought in the Wars of the Roses from the first battle to the last and lived to forge a new dynasty.
The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women's Stories by Amy Licence. What it was like to share Henry's bed, bear his children, and sit on the English throne.
Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince by Lisa Hilton. This biography maps Elizabeth I's dramatic journey from timid newly-crowned queen to one of the most powerful monarchs ever to rule England.
Titled Elizabethans: A Directory of Elizabethan Court, State, and Church Officers, 1558-1603 edited by Arthur F. Kinney and Jane A. Lawson. This revised edition adds new categories and a host of previously overlooked figures, including the women of Elizabeth's privy chamber and the spouses of the peers.
Anne Boleyn: The Queen of Controversy by Lacey Baldwin Smith. Examines Henry VIII's second wife from viewpoint of her own era as well as modern theories about her downfall.
The Tudor Miscellany by Elizabeth Norton. The history of the dynasty, starting with Henry VII's mother, whose plotting helped him win the English throne, and ending with Elizabeth I.
Heart of a Queen: Queen Victoria's Romantic Attachments by Theo Aronson. Queen Victoria's relationships with Lord Melbourne, Prince Albert, Napoleon III, John Brown, Disraeli, and her Indian servant Munshi.
Grandmama of Europe: The Crowned Descendants of Queen Victoria by Theo Aronson. Covers Victoria's descendants from 1887 to 1969, focusing on their personal lives. Reprint edition.
The Letters of Queen Victoria: 9 Volume Set by Victoria, edited by A. C. Benson and Viscount Esher. The volumes are arranged chronologically from Victoria's first known letter, written when she was nine, to her last journal entry, nine days before her death in 1901. Reprint edition.
Grace: A Biography by Thilo Wydra. This biography of Princess Grace of Monaco draws from previously unreleased photographs and documents from the Grimaldi family archive, and interviews with Grace Kelly's companions and relatives, including an exclusive interview with Prince Albert II.
Frederick the Great and the Seven Years' War, 1756-1763 by Herbert J. Redman. The Seven Years' War, known as the French and Indian War in North America, was the first world war. Frederick the Great (1712-1786), king of Prussia, was a major player in the conflict.
Julius Caesar and the Transformation of the Roman Republic by Tom Stevenson. An introduction to Caesar's life and public career.
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.
Napoleon and His Family
Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte by Kate Williams. The rags-to-riches life story of the woman who conquered Napoleon's heart -- and with it, an empire.
Napoleon & Josephine: A Love Story by Theo Aronson. An account of one of the most intriguing, tempestuous and touching romances in history.
Wondrous Beauty by Carol Berkin. A biography of Betsy Bonaparte, the belle of Baltimore who married Napoleon's brother Jerome.
Europe Under Napoleon by Michael Broers. Concentrates on the experience of the people of Europe during the time when half of the continent fell under his rule.
Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar by Farzana Moon. Bahadur Shah Zafar was virtually a prisoner in his own palace in Delhi, subsisting on a pension from British East India Company. After native soldiers rebelled against the British, Zafar was exiled to Burma. His sad poetry is still sung and recited in India and Pakistan.
Royal Gardens: Extraordinary Edens From Around the World by Stéphane Bern, photos by Jean-Baptiste Leroux. An illustrated walk through some of the most beautiful royal gardens in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Emperor Haile Selassie by Bereket Habte Selassie. The author, who served in important positions in Haile Selassie's government, tells both the story of the emperor's life and the story of modern Ethiopia.
The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan by Stephanie Thornton. In the late 12th century, brilliant, charismatic Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan ascends to power. But it is the women who stand beside him who ensure his triumph.
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.
Dirty Rotten Rulers: History's Villains & Their Dastardly Deeds by Jim Pipe and Mauro Mazzara. An illustrated look at the world's most infamous rulers, for children ages 8 to 12.
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