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William II: The Red King by John Gillingham. Biography of the 11th century English king known as William Rufus. Killed by an arrow while hunting (possibly murdered), he was a ruthless, irascible man, but he established permanent Norman rule in England and handed out effective justice.

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Published in April 2016

Queen Elizabeth II

Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne by Christopher Andersen. This book promises to reveal the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Queen Elizabeth at 90: The Story of Britain's Longest Reigning Monarch by the editors of LIFE Magazine. A look at the Queen's more than 63-year reign, with dozens of photos.

Long to Reign Over Us: Official Souvenir Album by Leah Kharibian. Contains a selection of the most famous portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, plus informal photos and pictures of jewelry, dresses, and gifts from visiting heads of state.

British Royal History

Tales From the Long Twelfth Century: The Rise and Fall of the Angevin Empire by Richard Huscroft. The Angevin empire rose to encompass much of the British Isles and modern France, yet it survived a mere 50 years. This book tells the stories of princes, princesses, priests, heroes, and others embroiled in the drama of history.

Henry IV by Chris Given-Wilson. At age 32, Henry IV (1399-1413) seized the English throne from his cousin Richard II. This biography reveals Henry as a cultured, extravagant, and skeptical monarch who crushed opposition ruthlessly. From the Yale English Monarchs series.

Richmond Park: From Medieval Pasture to Royal Park by Paul Rabbitts. The history of London's largest Royal Park. Its royal connections begin with Edward I in the 13th century, when it was known as the Manor of Sheen.

Penguin's British Monarchs Series

Stephen: The Reign of Anarchy by Carl Watkins. The reign of Stephen (1135-1141) saw England plunged into a civil war that illuminated the fatal flaw in the powerful Norman monarchy.

Henry V: From Playboy Prince to Warrior King by Anne Curry. How Henry's efforts to expunge his past failures defined his kingship, and how his success at the battle of Agincourt transformed his standing in the eyes of all generations to come.

William IV: A King at Sea by Roger Knight. Best known for his naval career and for living for 20 years with the actress Mrs. Jordan, William was a disaster in whatever field he found himself.

Edward VII: The Cosmopolitan King by Richard Davenport-Hines. To the despair of his parents, Edward rebelled as a young man, living a life of pleasure. But as king he made a distinct contribution to European diplomacy.


Representations of Renaissance Monarchy: Francis I and the Image-Makers by Lisa Mansfield. Analyzes portraits and imagery of French king Francis I, one of the most frequently portrayed rulers of 16th-century Europe.

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia by Susan Jaques. Biography of the German princess who became ruler of Russia. She sought to modernize Russia through acquisition of art, which she used as a form of diplomacy.

Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire by Peter H. Wilson. Traces the empire from its origins within Charlemagne's kingdom in 800 to its demise in 1806. It represented the ideal of unified Christian civilization, but this did not prevent emperors from clashing with popes.

The Habsburg Empire: A New History by Pieter M. Judson. Shows why the Habsburg Empire mattered so much, for so long, to millions of Central Europeans.

Egyptian Royalty

Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt by Marie Vandenbeusch, Aude Semet, and Margaret Maitland. Essays and 180 color photographs of monumental sculpture, funerary objects, jewelry, and other objects from the British Museum.

Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt by Bob Brier. Built by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, three massive obelisks nicknamed "Cleopatra's Needles" were moved to Paris, London, and New York in the 19th century, a feat of engineering under nearly impossible conditions.


Nimrud: The Queens' Tombs by Muzahim Mahmoud Hussein, translated and edited by Mark Altaweel and McGuire Gibson. The author's 1989 discovery of tombs of Neo-Assyrian queens in the palace of Ashurnasirpal in Nimrud (Kalhu/Calah) was electrifying news for archaeology. This book includes numerous full-color plates.

The Treasures of Alexander the Great: How One Man's Wealth Shaped the World by Frank L. Holt. Although Alexander owed his vast fortune to war, battle also distracted him from managing his spoils. Much was wasted, embezzled, or deliberately destroyed.

Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings edited by Gyles Iannone, Brett A. Houk, and Sonja A. Schwake. Maya kings whose kingdoms didn't prosper were subject to the destruction of monuments and even violent death. This book evaluates the scapegoat king and the demise of traditional kingship in the early 9th century.

John II Komnenos, Emperor of Byzantium: In the Shadow of Father and Son edited by Alessandra Bucossi and Alex Rodriguez Suarez. Papers about the Byzantine emperor John II Comnenus, who reigned from 1118 to 1143.

Saladin: The Sultan Who Vanquished the Crusaders and Built an Islamic Empire by John Man. Biography of the 12th century ruler of Egypt and Syria who was a builder, literary patron, and theologian.


The Rivals of Versailles: A Novel by Sally Christie. A novel about the beautiful Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, and her many rivals. This is the second book in the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy; the first book is The Sisters of Versailles.

Published in March 2016


The King's Bed: Ambition and Intimacy in the Court of Charles II by Don Jordan & Michael Walsh. Takes readers inside Charles's palace to meet his favorites, confidants, advisors, mistresses, and other key figures, such as the king's 'pimpmasters' and his personal pox doctor.

The Life and Reign of Edward the Fourth: Volume 1 by Cora L. Scofield. A classic biography, first published in 1923. Volume 2 is also available.

Westminster: The Art, Architecture and Archaeology of the Royal Palace and Abbey edited by Warwick Rodwell and Tim Tatton-Brown. This is Part 1 of a collection of essays from the British Archaeological Association's 2013 conference. Part 2 is also available.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II: A Celebration of Her Majesty's 90th Birthday by Tim Ewart. An illustrated look at the Queen's life and reign, covering everything from royal tours to state visits, family festivities, and grand occasions, with many unique images from the Royal Archives.

Queen Elizabeth II: Crowns, Horses and Corgis by David Arscott. Looks at the Queen's 63 years on the throne, her personality, and the private tragedies and triumphs of her reign.


Frederick the Great: King of Prussia by Tim Blanning. Biography of the legendary autocrat whose enlightened rule transformed the map of Europe and changed the course of history.

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.


The Empress and the Heavenly Masters: A Study of the Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang (1493) by Yu-ping Luk. This book builds a history of imperial ordinations and examines the influences of the Daoist leaders known as the Zhengyi Heavenly Masters.


The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel. Novel about the intelligent young concubine who became China's Empress Wu. Followed by a sequel, The Empress of Bright Moon (published in April).

Sisi: Empress on Her Own by Allison Pataki. Married to Austrian emperor Franz Joseph, Sisi feels stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage. (This is a sequel to The Accidental Empress.)

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