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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.
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.
Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son by Penny Junor. Biography by a noted royal family biographer.
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.
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.
Published in August 2014
In Search of Alfred the Great: The King, The Grave, The Legend by Edoardo Albert and Katie Tucker. The dramatic life of the king who defended England against the Vikings and was a social and educational reformer.
Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots by Michael Penman. This biography focuses on Robert's kingship in the 15 years that followed his victory over the English.
Harry: A Biography by Marcia Moody. Covers Prince Harry's early years, relationships, military career, partying, and royal duties.
Augustus: First Emperor of Rome by Adrian Goldsworthy. Biography of the emperor who was a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless.
AD69: Emperors, Armies and Anarchy by Nic Fields. After the death of Roman emperor Nero, generals of the empire fell into a bloody power struggle to decide who would wear the imperial purple.
First World War
The Emperors: How Europe's Greatest Rulers Were Destroyed by World War I by Gareth Russell. Tells the story of the Austrian, German and Russian imperial families during the First World War, and the political and personal struggles that brought about their ruin.
Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life by John Röhl. A concise edition of the author's three-volume biography of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. It sheds new light on the Kaiser's troubled youth, his involvement in scandals, and his role in the outbreak of the First World War.
Theodahad: A Platonic King at the Collapse of Ostrogothic Italy by Massimiliano Vitiello. Theodahad's unexpected nomination as co-regent by his cousin Queen Amalasuintha plunged him into the intrigues of the Gothic court, and Theodahad soon conspired to assassinate the queen. But, once alone on the throne, his lack of experience made him dangerously incompetent.
The Court and Reign of Francis the First, King of France: 2 Volume Set by Julia Pardoe. This work, first published in 1849, attempts to remove the myths surrounding King Francis I.
The Habsburgs: Dynasty, Culture and Politics by Paula Sutter Fichtner. The death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 sparked World War I. But how did the Habsburg dynasty come to play such a decisive role in the fate of Europe?
Princess: More Tears to Cry by Jean Sasson. Princess Sultana (a pseudonym for a Saudi royal family member) speaks frankly about her strong-willed daughters, her beloved husband, and the Al-Saud family, whose battles about what it means to be a woman mirror those of Saudi society.
Ten States, Five Dynasties, One Great Emperor by Hung Hing Ming. How Emperor Zhao Kuang Yin (Taizu) unified China in the Song Dynasty.
Private and Royal Life in the Ottoman Palace by Ilber Ortayli. Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for almost four centuries. This illustrated guide explores Ottoman history as it relates to specific sections of the palace.
Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors by Brian A. Catlos. This reconstruction of the Mediterranean world of 1050 to 1200 overturns the assumption that it was defined by religious extremism. A self-proclaimed Jewish messiah became the force behind Muslim Granada; an Armenian Christian wielded power in an Islamic caliphate; and a Muslim eunuch rose to admiral in the service of Sicily's Roger II, the Christian "King of Africa."
The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson. Novel about Catherine de Valois, the French princess who married King Henry V, told from the point of view of her former wet-nurse.
Books for Children & Teens
Feudalism, Monarchies, and Nobility edited by Jeanne Nagle. This educational book provides a firm grounding in the political, social, and economic implications of rule by monarchy. For teen readers.
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