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Published in November 2022
Modern British Royalty
The King: The Life of Charles III by Christopher Andersen. An unsparing yet sympathetic biography of the enigmatic man who waited more than 70 years to become king.
The Queen: Her Life by Andrew Morton. Biography of a self-effacing monarch who navigated endless setbacks and occasional triumphs throughout her 70 years as queen,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: 1926-2022: A Celebration of Her Life and Reign by Brian Hoey. This illustrated look at the queen's life explains her constitutional role and public duties.
Do Let's Have Another Drink! The Dry Wit and Fizzy Life of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Gareth Russell. This book recounts 101 amusing vignettes from the Queen Mother's long life.
Behind the Crown: My Life Photographing the Royal Family by Arthur Edwards. Photos from UK newspaper The Sun's royal photographer of more than 45 years.
Christmas at the Palace: A Cookbook: 50+ Festive Holiday Recipes by Carolyn Robb. Former royal chef shares Christmas recipes and historical royal Christmas traditions.
R is for Revenge Dress by Kinsey Schofield. A Princess Diana-inspired alphabet book for grown-ups.
British Royal History
Kings and Queens of England: Lives and Reigns From the House of Wessex to the House of Windsor by Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan. Covers monarchs from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II.
All the Queen's Jewels, 1445-1548: Power, Majesty and Display by Nicola Tallis. About the jewelry of the queen consorts of England's Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and Henry VIII.
The Fortress Kingdom by Paul Hill. The wars of Aethelflaed and Edward the Elder, 899-927.
Royal Ghosts: A Very Peculiar History by David Arscott. A light-hearted look at supernatural sightings, including Anne Boleyn and Queen Victoria's faithful servant John Brown.
Render Unto Caesar: Ecclesiastical Politics in the Reign of Queen Anne by R. Barry Levis. Examines the relationship between the queen, politicians, and church leaders. New paperback edition.
Uncommon Wrath: How Caesar and Cato's Deadly Rivalry Destroyed the Roman Republic by Josiah Osgood. Dual biography. Althought both men were devoted to the republic, their hatred for each other pushed it to civil war.
The Mad Emperor: Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome by Harry Sidebottom. What happens when you put the Roman Empire in the hands of a teenage boy? The life of the worst Roman emperor of all.
Helena Augusta: Mother of the Empire by Julia Hillner. Biography of the mother of the first Christian emperor, Constantine.
Nero: Matricide, Music, and Murder in Imperial Rome by Anthony Everitt and Roddy Ashworth. According to this biography, Nero's empire was well-managed, and the emperor won the loyalty of the lower classes.
Demetrius: Sacker of Cities by James Romm. Demetrius, who died in 283, became king of Macedonia and tried to create an empire, but died a prisoner.
Royal Journeys in Early Modern Europe: Progresses, Palaces and Panache edited by Anthony Musson and J. P. D. Cooper. How 16th century royal monarchs interacted with their subjects while traveling.
Egypt's Golden Couple: When Akhenaten and Nefertiti Were Gods on Earth by John Darnnell and Colleen Darnell. Egyptologists bring to life the controversial reign of King Tut's parents.
Cleopatra: Her History, Her Myth by Francine Prose. A feminist reinterpretation of the pharaoh's life.
The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt by Aidan Dodson. A history of burial places from the dawn of history to the country's absorption into the Roman Empire. New paperback edition.
The Planetary King: Humayun Padshah, Inventor and Visionary on the Mughal Throne by Ebba Koch. Illustrated look at the life of a 16th century ruler who was deeply involved with art, mathematics, astronomy, and inventions.
Queens: Women in Power Through History by Phyllis G. Jestice. Tells the stories of women who ruled, including Wu Zetian, Empress Theodora, and Catherine the Great.
The Lion House by Christopher de Bellaigue. Fictionalized account of the court of 16th century Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.
Published in October 2022
Modern British Royalty
The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown by Katie Nicholl. An overview of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the family she leaves behind.
A Royal Life by HRH the Duke of Kent and Hugo Vickers. Based on conversations Queen Elizabeth II's first cousin, who witnessed key events in her reign.
The Royal Gardens at Highgrove by Gill Knappett. An illustrated history of the gardens then-prince Charles III created, including The Sundial Garden, Cottage Garden, Thyme Walk, Wildflower Meadow, and more.
Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors by Tom Bower. A controversial, critical look at the Duchess of Sussex (Meghan Markle), and her impact on the British royal family. U.S. edition.
In Cars: On Diana by Leanne Shapton. Visual essay and poem by artist who paints pictures of Princess Diana getting out of cars.
Virginia Giuffre by Nigel Cawthorne. Biography of Prince Andrew accuser.
Cardinal Wolsey: For King and Country by Phil Roberts. Born the son of a businessman, Wolsey's climb to power in the reign of Henry VIII was very fast.
The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England by Elizabeth Cleland and Adam Eaker. Illustrated look at how the Tudor monarchs used and influenced art in their diplomacy at home and abroad.
The Reign of Emperor Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161 by John S. McHugh. Antoninus Pius became emperor due to being adopted by Hadrian. His reign is considered a golden age, but on his death the empire stood on the cusp of catastrophe.
Ten Kings' Clothes: Royal Danish Dress, 1596-1863 by Katia Johansen. An illustrated look at clothes belonging to the Danish kings from Christian IV to Frederik VII.
Napoleon at Peace: How to End a Revolution by William Doyle. An account of Napoleon's dismantling of the French Revolution.
Emperors and Usurpers: The Transformation of the Late Roman State 364-457 by Mark Humphries. A history of Rome from the accession of Valentinian to the death of Marcian. New paperback edition.
Empire, Celebrity and Excess by Martin Francis. King Farouk of Egypt and British culture, 1936-1965.
The Story of Tutankhamun: An Intimate Life of the Boy Who Became King by Garry J. Shaw. This biography tells the full story of Tutankhamun's reign and his modern rediscovery.
Crusading, Society, and Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Age of King Peter I of Cyprus edited by Alexander Beihammer and Angel Nicolaou-Konnari. Investigates the crusading policy of Peter of Peter I of Lusignan (1359-1369), Cypriot court life, and more.
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