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Published in January 2015
Eleanor of Castile: The Shadow Queen by Sara Cockerill. The wife of England's King Edward I, Eleanor was her husband's close adviser, ventured on Crusade, and endured captivity amid a civil war.
Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII by Sarah-Beth Watkins. Biography of Mary Boleyn's first child. Although unacknowledged as the king's daughter, she was given prime appointments as maid of honour to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.
Wolsey: The Life of King Henry VIII's Cardinal by John Matusiak. Biography of Thomas Wolsey, a man of contradictions and extremes whose meteoric rise was followed by a descent into desperation as he attempted to satisfy the master whose ambition ultimately broke him.
Kings Over the Water: The Saga of the Stuart Pretenders by Theo Aronson. For well over a century, four Stuarts laid claim to the British crown. The first was James II, deposed in 1688 by his daughter; then came James III (the Old Pretender) and his son, Charles III (Bonnie Prince Charlie); finally, there was Henry IX (the Cardinal King) who died in 1807. Reprint edition.
Queen Victoria's Grandsons (1859-1918) by Christina Croft. Born into eight very different families, Queen Victoria's grandsons were connected through the tiny Queen for whom their happiness was a constant preoccupation.
Queen Victoria and the Bonapartes by Theo Aronson. Queen Victoria was completely bowled over by Napoleon III's quiet charm and buccaneer looks. His wife, Empress Eugenie, became almost an honorary member of the British royal family. (Reprint edition.)
Royal Love Stories by Gill Paul. The tales behind the real-life romances of Europe's kings and queens.
The Charmed Circle: Joseph II and the Five Princesses, 1765-1790 by Rebecca Gates-Coon. In late 18th-century Vienna, five aristocratic women achieved social preeminence and acclaim as close associates of Emperor Joseph II.
The Prussian Princesses: The Sisters of Kaiser Wilhelm II by John Van der Kiste. A biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II's younger sisters, Victoria, Sophie and Margaret. One married an adventurer who left her to die in poverty, one married a future king but died in exile, and one saw her family become victims of theft at the end of the Second World War.
The Royal Touch: Sacred Monarchy and Scrofula in England and France by Marc Bloch, translated by J. E. Anderson. Explores the belief that kings had the power to cure people from all strands of society from illness and disease. Reprint edition; first published in 1973.
Darius in the Shadow of Alexander by Pierre Briant, translated by Jane Marie Todd. The first book ever devoted to the historical memory of Alexander the Great's enemy Darius III, who ruled over a Persian Empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Indus River.
Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King by Emma Bridges. Xerxes, the Persian king who invaded Greece in 480 BC, was portrayed as an enslaving aggressor or as an exotic product of a luxurious court. This book examines the earliest representations of the king, and the ways in which his image was revisited and adapted over time.
Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand. Born in 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was the daughter of Duleep Singh, exiled maharaja the kingdom of the Sikhs. Sophia was raised a genteel Englishwoman, but joined the struggle for Indian independence and the fight for female suffrage.
Destiny: A Novel of Napoleon & Josephine by Bertram Fields. The brilliant young general Napoleon Bonaparte finds himself desperately in love with a beautiful and promiscuous Creole woman.
The Song of King Gesar: A Novel by Alai, translated by Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin. An English translation of Tibet's founding myth, written by a winner of the Mao Dun Prize, China's top literary award.
Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt. Hadassah, a Jewish orphan, is forcibly taken to the palace of Persian ruler Xerxes. She wins his heart, but keeps her ethnic identity secret until the time comes to take a stand for her people. (Christian fiction.)
King John and Magna Carta by L. Du Garde Peach. The story of England's King John and the momentous events of his reign, illustrated with 24 full-page pictures.
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 Royal Family at War by Theo Aronson. The contribution made by King George VI and the entire royal family during the Second World War.
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.
Royal Vendetta: The Crown of Spain 1829-1965 by Theo Aronson. The story of the fight for the throne of Spain between the Bourbon and Carlist pretenders. First published in 1966.
Contested Monarchy: Integrating the Roman Empire in the Fourth Century AD edited by Johannes Wienand. Reappraises the transformation of the Roman monarchy between the Principate and Late Antiquity, focusing on the century from Diocletian to Theodosius I (284-395).
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.
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