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Published in July 2014
Secret Lives of the Tsars by Michael Farquhar. Three centuries of autocracy, debauchery, betrayal, murder, and madness from Romanov Russia.
The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829-842: Court and Frontier in Byzantium During the Last Phase of Iconoclasm by Juan Signes Codoñer. The author questions whether the Byzantine emperor was really a righteous and learned ruler.
The King's Honor and the King's Cardinal: The War of the Polish Succession by John L. Sutton. In 1733, Augustus II died and the elective throne of Poland fell vacant. The states of Europe began cautious maneuvers to help choose a successor, but soon diplomacy gave way to military force.
Napoleon and the Revolution by David P. Jordan. This book argues that Napoleon saved the work of the French Revolution, albeit unintentionally.
Sacral Kingship Between Disenchantment and Re-enchantment: The French and English Monarchies 1587-1688 by Ronald G. Asch. This study focuses on the interaction between ideas of monarchy and images of power. Even in periods when politics were seemingly secularized, religious images and values still lent legitimacy to royal authority.
Treasures From the Royal Archives by Pamela Clark and others. The documents photographed and described for this volume include state records, letters, diaries, and jottings. Among them are the account books of Elizabeth I, the deeds to Sandringham House, and letters from Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy, 1714-1760 by Rufus Bird and others. Georges I and II, Queen Caroline and Prince Frederick of Wales were all great patrons of the arts. Their collection includes sculptures, paintings, maps, crowns, books, and clocks. This catalog showcases 300 color photographs of the finest works.
The Lordship of England by Scott L. Waugh. Royal wardships and marriages in English society and politics, 1217-1327. (Originally published in 1988.)
Tudors and Stuarts
Tudors Versus Stewarts: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary, Queen of Scots by Linda Porter. Tells the story of divided families, flamboyant kings and queens, blood feuds, sexual license, and violent deaths.
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.
Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts by James Anderson Winn. The last Stuart monarch, Queen Anne (1665-1714) took a connoisseur's interest in all the arts. This biography tells the story of her life in cultural context. Illustrated.
The Queen's Mercy: Gender and Judgment in Representations of Elizabeth I by Mary Villeponteaux. The concept of mercy was a contested one under Elizabeth I, and its cultural representation was shaped by tensions surrounding a woman on the throne.
Queen Elizabeth and the Making of Policy, 1572-1588 by Wallace T. MacCaffrey. Three volumes that chronicle the Queen's decision making throughout her reign, together in paperback for the first time. Originally published in 1981.
Who Was Queen Victoria? by Jim Gigliotti, illustrated by Nancy Harrison and Max Hergenrother. Victoria was raised in near isolation until she became Queen at the age of 18. She married her first cousin, Albert, and had nine children. She became a national icon, but who was she in private? For children age 8 to 12.
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming. A look at Russia's last tsar and his family, complete with period photographs and primary-source material. For ages 12 and up.
The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Gillian Clements. Charts the 1953 ceremony in which the Queen came to the throne, and other major events of the time such as the conquest of Mount Everest.
The Hutchinson Book of Kings & Queens by Tony Robinson. A look at the monarchs of England. Who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet? And who is England's longest reigning monarch?
The Usborne Kings and Queens Sticker Book by Sarah Courtauld and Katie Davies, illustrated by Adam Larkum. Features over 100 stickers with portraits of British kings and queens from the 10th century to the present day, allowing children to match the stickers to their frames.
Published in June 2014
Queen Victoria: A Life of Contradictions by Matthew Dennison. This biography assesses Victoria's mercurial character and her reinvention of the monarchy.
Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France by Stephen Clarke. Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward VII was always passionately in love with France. He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses, spoke French more elegantly than English, and learned all the essentials in life from the French.
The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother by John Ashdown-Hill. George played a central role in the Wars of the Roses, but was he for York or Lancaster? Is the story of his drowning in a barrel of wine true? This is the first full biography of the unpredictable duke.
Elizabeth & Philip and Their Royal Family. A collection of photos from the Daily Mail.
Intimate Letters of England's Queens by Margaret Sanders. Includes letters written by Anne Boleyn and Queen Victoria.
The King's Irishmen: The Irish in the Exiled Court of Charles II, 1649-1660 by Mark R.F. Williams. Looks at key Irish figures in Charles II's court-in-exile, and how allegiances and identities were re-fashioned as the exiles moved across Europe in pursuit of aid.
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport. An account of the lives of Russian Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, drawing on their own letters and diaries and other primary sources. (Previously published under the title Four Sisters.)
Destiny: The Life of Prince Diponegoro of Yogyakarta, 1785-1855 by Peter Carey. A biography of Indonesia's foremost national hero, whose life spanned his native Java's troubled transition to the modern world.
The Annals of King T'aejo translated by Byonghyon Choi. Never before translated into English, this is the official history of the reign of King T'aejo, founder of Korea's Choson dynasty (1392-1910 AD).
Alexander the Great
By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire by Ian Worthington. A military narrative of the reigns of father and son, showing how Philip was the architect of the Macedonian empire, which reached its zenith under Alexander.
The Land of the Elephant Kings: Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire by Paul J. Kosmin. The Seleucid Empire (311-64 BCE) stretched from present-day Bulgaria to Tajikistan, the bulk of Alexander the Great's Asian conquests. This book maps the Seleucid kings' travels and studies the cities they founded.
The Lost Book of Alexander the Great by Andrew Young. Ptolemy Lagides served alongside Alexander and gained control of Egypt after Alexander's death. He wrote a history of Alexander's conquests which has not survived. This book explores later writings which may include the words of Ptolemy.
The Last Queen of Sheba: A Novel by Jill Hudson. Against all odds Makeda, daughter of an obscure chieftain, is chosen as Queen of Sheba. Recognizing her own inexperience, she visits Solomon, King of Israel, to find out how he governs.
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan. Fiction for readers ages 12 and up. A secret society of young women make up Elizabeth I's most trusted royal guard. If God won't save the Queen, they will.
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