Unless otherwise noted, these books are for sale at Amazon.com. The publication dates given are based on U.S. publishing schedules, unless stated otherwise, and are subject to change. Your purchase through these links will result in a commission for the owner of the Royalty.nu site.
Published in April 2015
King John: And the Road to Magna Carta by Stephen Church. This biography explains how a king famous for his misrule gave rise to Magna Carta, the blueprint for good governance.
Joan of Kent: First Princess of Wales by Penny Lawne. Born in 1328 and brought up at English court after the execution of her father, Joan secretly married at age 12 and refused to deny her first love despite imprisonment. She went on to marry the Black Prince, and became the mother of King Richard II.
Victoria: Portrait of a Queen by Richard Mullen and James Munson. This biography grew out of a BBC radio series. Its emphasis is on Victoria's personality, showing how she was good, human, likeable, and peculiar.
The Little Book of Mary Queen of Scots by Mickey Mayhew. First-hand anecdotes and extracts from diaries, letters, and rare historical sources.
Exploring English Castles: Evocative, Romantic, and Mysterious True Tales of the Kings and Queens of the British Isles by Ed Morris. A guide to some of the most historical and picturesque castles in England.
With Thy Towers High: Stirling Castle - the Archaeology of a Castle and a Palace by Gordon Ewart and Dennis Gallagher. Almost every Scottish monarch has left a mark on Stirling Castle, which has served as a strategic stronghold and a residence.
William and Kate's Britain by Claudia Joseph. A guide to the haunts of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Richard III: The King in the Car Park by Terry Breverton. This biography places Richard in the context of his times and assesses the likelihood of other candidates put forward to have killed his nephews, the Princes in the Tower.
The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered by the Grey Friars Research Team. The official behind-the-scenes story of the based on the research of the specialists directly involved in the discovery of Richard III's remains.
The World of Richard III by Kristie Dean. A journey through the landscape of Richard's time, including castles, cathedrals, manor homes, and chapels, with photographs, floor plans, and images.
Marcus Agrippa: Right-hand Man of Caesar Augustus by Lindsay Powell. Marcus Agrippa waged wars, pacified provinces, beautified Rome, and married Augustus's daughter Julia. His bloodline lived on in the imperial family to his grandson Caligula and great-grandson Nero.
The Emperor Commodus: God and Gladiator by John S. McHugh. Ridiculed by historians since his own time, Commodus is synonymous with debauchery and megalomania. This book sets his reign in historical context, showing that he inherited an empire devastated by plague and war.
Rome's Christian Empress: Galla Placidia Rules at the Twilight of the Empire by Joyce E. Salisbury. The daughter of Roman emperor Theodosius I, Galla Placidia was taken hostage after the fall of Rome to the Goths.
Frederick the Wise: Seen and Unseen Lives of Martin Luther's Protector by Sam Wellman. Biography of Frederick III of Saxony, who risked his realm to protect the fiery monk Martin Luther.
The Madness of Alexander the Great: And the Myth of Military Genius by Richard A Gabriel. Argues that, while Alexander was clearly a successful soldier-adventurer, the evidence of real greatness is not there.
The Anatomist, the Barber-Surgeon, and the King by Seymour I. Schwartz. How the accidental death of Henry II of France in 1559 changed the world.
Of Chronicles and Kings: National Saints and the Emergence of Nation States in the Early Middle Ages edited by John Bergsagel, Thomas Riis, and David Hiley. Scholars analyze the earliest account of Danish history, the Roskilde Chronicle.
Napoleon's Mameluke: The Memoirs of Roustam Raeza edited by Jonathan North. Roustam Raza was sold into slavery in Egypt, then given to Napoleon in 1799. For 15 years he was Napoleon's personal bodyguard. His reminiscences include Russia in 1812 and life in the imperial palaces.
1815: The Return of Napoleon by Paul Britten Austin. Presents the story of Napoleon's escape from Elba and his march on Paris in the words of eyewitnesses and participants.
Bonaparte: 1769-1802 by Patrice Gueniffey, translated by Steven Rendall. Follows Napoleon Bonaparte from his obscure boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Revolutionary wars, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802.
The King in Exile: The Fall of the Royal Family of Burma by Sudha Shah. During their reign, King Thibaw and Queen Supayalat of Burma were treated as demigods. After a war against Britain in 1885, their kingdom was lost and the family exiled to India. Includes photos.
Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy by Phyllis Birnbaum. Aisin Gioro Xianyu (1907-1948), the daughter of a Manchu prince, was raised by a Japanese friend to restore the Manchus to their former glory. Her dedication to this cause ultimately got her killed.
The Many Faces of Herod the Great by Adam Kolman Marshak. Draws on historical, archaeological, and literary sources to chronicle how Herod moved from bankrupt usurper to a powerful king who brought ancient Judaea to prosperity.
Fighting Emperors of Byzantium by John Carr. Assesses the contribution of emperors whose military leadership determined the survival of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire.
Anastasia and Her Sisters by Carolyn Meyer. Anastasia Romanov and her fellow grand duchesses of Russia pay a heavy price for royalty. For ages 12 and up.
Published in March 2015
17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History by Andrew Morton. Looks at the secret ties among Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Adolf Hitler before, during, and after World War II.
Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain's Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWII by Deborah Cadbury. In 1936, Britain's fate rested in the hands of George V's sons: stammering George VI, dull-witted Prince Henry, too-glamorous Prince George, and the Duke of Windsor, deemed a Nazi-sympathizer and traitor to his own country.
A History of the English Monarchy: From Boadicea to Elizabeth I by Gareth Russell. The monarchy and the interactions between popular belief, religious faith and brutal political reality.
England's Queens by Elizabeth North. English queenship from the fierce Boudica, through the Anglo-Saxons, Normans, Plantagenets, the Wars of the Roses and the woman whose marriage brought peace, Elizabeth of York.
The Death of Caesar: The Story of History's Most Famous Assassination by Barry Strauss. This book places the assassination of Julius Caesar in full context of Rome's civil wars, showing that it was a carefully planned paramilitary operation.
Caligula: The Abuse of Power by Anthony A. Barrett. The first edition of this book established itself as the standard study of Roman emperor Caligula. This new edition is a major revision based on the latest discoveries and the latest thinking about Caligula's reign.
Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage 860-1600 by David d'Avray. Includes the marital problems of Lothar II, English kings John, Henry III, and Henry VIII, and other monarchs, especially Spanish and French.
Women of Sicily: Saints, Queens and Rebels by Jacqueline Alio. Examines the lives of 17 women of varied backgrounds, including Queen Maria Sophia of the Two Sicilies (born Maria Sophie of Bavaria), who died in 1925.
Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power by Philip Dwyer. In this second volume of Dwyer's biography, Napoleon, now 30, takes his position as head of the French state after the 1799 coup. (The first volume in the series is Napoleon: The Path to Power.)
From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong by Richard L. Davis. Drawing extensively on primary sources, including Mingzong's spirited correspondence with his officials, this political and cultural biography brings to life a charismatic emperor who was held up as a model ruler by succeeding generations.
The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China: A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation by Peter Schwieger. The evolution of Tibetan Buddhism's trülku (reincarnation) tradition from the 17th to the 19th centuries, and the emperor of China's efforts to control its development.
Royal Gardens: Private Gardens of the Imperial Family by Cheng Liyao. Explores the development of Chinese imperial gardens from the Shang dynasty to the Qing dynasty.
Rebel Queen: A Novel by Michelle Moran. The story of India's Joan of Arc, Queen Lakshmi (Rani Lakshmibai). In the early 19th century she defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom of Jhansi.
The Tapestry: A Novel by Nancy Bilyeau. A young woman at Henry VIII's court tries to protect her friend Catherine Howard from becoming the king's next wife.
Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn. Elegant, secretive Sabina must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome's brilliant and sinister emperor, and battered warrior Vix, her first love.
Books About African Royalty
Other Sites for Book Lovers