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England's Royal History

Reigned from the 5th century AD to 1066
Alfred the Great and other kings

Reigned 1066-1154
William I, William II, Henry I, Stephen

Reigned 1154-1216
Henry II, Richard I, John

Reigned 1216-1399
Henry III, Edward I, Edward II,
Edward III, Richard II

Reigned 1399-1461
Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI
(Henry VI restored in 1470 but deposed again in 1471)

Reigned 1461-1485
Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III
(Edward IV deposed in 1470, restored in 1471)


More English Royal History

Boadicea, Warrior Queen
The Romans
The Vikings
Eleanor of Aquitaine

Books About English Royal History

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The Kings and Queens of England

Books by Popular Historians

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England by Antonia Fraser. Biographical sketches about British monarchs, from the early Norman kings through Elizabeth II. Includes family trees and drawings of the royal coats of arms.

The Kings & Queens of England by David Loades. Illustrated with over 150 images and genealogical tables, many in full color.

Crown & Country - The Kings & Queens of England: A History by David Starkey. Starts with the warring tribal kings under the Romans, and continues through the Middle Ages and the Wars of the Roses, the Tudor era, the chaos of the Civil War, and the modern era.

Other Royal Histories

Royal Panoply by Carrolly Erickson. Brief lives of the English monarchs.

The Kings and Queens of England by W. M. Ormrod. Historians present the lives of the country's monarchs from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to Elizabeth II. Illustrated.

The Kings & Queens of England by Robert Parker. A concise look at the lives and personalities of the monarchs and also the impact of their reigns.

Kings and Queens of England: Lives and Reigns From the House of Wessex to the House of Windsor by Peter Snow and Ann MacMillan. Covers monarchs from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II.

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.

Royals of England by Kathleen Spaltro and Noeline Bridge. Chronological biographies. Includes 50 family trees.

English Queens

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.

England's Queens: From Catherine of Aragon to Elizabeth II by Elizabeth Norton. English queenship from Henry' VIII's wives through the Tudors, Stuarts, Hanoverians, and the House of Windsor.

Early English Queens, 650-850: Speculum Reginae by Stefany Wragg. Topics include Christian queens and queens as mothers.

The Lioness Roared: The Problems of Female Rule in English History by Charles Beem. Examines problems facing female rulers, from the 12th century empress Matilda to Queen Victoria.

Sovereign Ladies: Sex, Sacrifice and Power - The Six Reigning Queens of England by Maureen Waller. About Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Mary I, Queen Mary II, Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Intimate Letters of England's Queens by Margaret Sanders. Includes letters written by Anne Boleyn and Queen Victoria.

Medieval & Tudor Queens

Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens by Lisa Hilton. The lives of the 20 women who were crowned queen between 1066 and 1503, including well-known figures like Eleanor of Aquitaine and forgotten figures such as Adeliza of Louvain.

She-Wolves: The Notorious Queens of Medieval England by Elizabeth Norton. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Anne Boleyn, and other royal "bad girls."

The Last Medieval Queens: English Queenship 1445-1503 by J. L. Laynesmith. The last medieval queens of England were Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville, and Elizabeth of York.

Letters of the Queens of England edited by Anne Crawford. Includes letters from virtually every medieval and Tudor queen, from Matilda of Scotland to Katherine Parr.

Early Modern Queens

Queens & Power in Medieval and Early Modern England edited by Carole Levin and Robert Bucholz. How historical, fictional, and Biblical queens were represented in medieval and early modern England.

'High and Mighty Queens' of Early Modern England edited by Carole Levin, Debra Barrett-Graves, and Jo Eldridge Carney. Scholarly essays on Catherine of Aragon, Mary I, Elizabeth I, Anna of Denmark, Henrietta Maria, and more.

Lives of the Queens of England by Agnes Strickland. Nonfiction by a popular and respected 19th century historical writer.

Books About British Monarchs

English Monarchy

Crown & Country by David Starkey. A history of England through the monarchy.

Books About British Monarchy

English Royal Lives

The Royal Minorities of Medieval and Early Modern England edited by Charles Beem. The history of child kings of England.

Monarchs, Murders and Mistresses: A Calendar of Royal Days by David Hilliam and Christopher Hibbert. What happened on each day of the year in English royal history. Includes family trees.

Royal Exiles: From Richard the Lionheart to Charles II by Iain Soden. Covers English kings and princes forced to flee into exile or endure captivity at home or abroad, and foreign royalty held in England.

Intimate Letters of England's Kings by Margaret Sanders. Includes letters written by Henry VII, Charles II, and William IV.

Books About British Royal Lives
Books About British Royal Scandals

English Royal Courts

Music & Monarchy by David Starkey and Katie Greening. Showcasing a monarch's power and taste, music has been the lifeblood of many a royal dynasty.

Royal Poxes & Potions by Raymond Lamont-Brown about the history of English royal physicians, surgeons and apothecaries.

Fools and Jesters at the English Court by John Southworth. A reign-by reign account of court fools from their origins in Carolingian Europe and Celtic Ireland to the time of James I.

Books About British Royal Courts

English Coronations & Ceremonies

The Drama of Coronation: Medieval Ceremony in Early Modern England by Alice Hunt. Examines the five coronations that took place in England between 1509 and 1559: those of Henry VIII, Anne Bolyen, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Books About British Coronations & Ceremonies

Royal Death and Wills

The Death of Kings: Royal Deaths in Medieval England by Michael Evans. An account of what is known about the deaths of medieval English kings, whether natural, violent, or accidental.

Royal Wills by J. Nichols. The full title of this book is "A Collection of All the Wills, Now Known to Be Extant, of the Kings and Queens of England, Princes and Princesses of Wales, and Every Branch of the Blood Royal, From the Reign of William the Conqueror to That of Henry the Seventh." Published in 1999.

Royal Wills in Britain From 1509 to 2008 by Michael L. Nash. Includes the wills of Henry VIII, Edward VI and George I, and recent wills sealed from public view.

Books About British Royal Death and Tombs

The Middle Ages

Usurpers: A New Look at Medieval Kings by Michele Morrical. Examines whether six English kings - including William I, Stephen, and Richard III - deserve to be called usurpers.

Harry of England by Teresa Cole. The history of the eight English kings named Henry.

The Kings and Their Hawks: Falconry in Medieval England by Robin S. Oggins. This book describes the practice and conditions of the sport and the role of royal falconers.

Gothic Kings of Britain by Philip J. Potter. The lives of 31 medieval rulers, 1016-1399.

Ruling England 1042-1217 by Richard Huscroft. Beginning just before the Norman Conquest and ending with the ratification of Magna Carta, this book considers the reign of each king.

The English Aristocracy 1070-1272: A Social Transformation by David Crouch. Examines the English aristocracy between the reigns of William the Conqueror and Edward I, including its relationship with the monarchy.

Medieval Intrigue: Decoding Royal Conspiracies by Ian Mortimer. Examines controversial questions in medieval history, including whether Edward II was murdered and the origins of the idea of the royal pretender.

Kings in the North by Alexander Rose. In the Middle Ages, the earls of Northumberland were famed, or notorious, as the Kings in the North. This book traces the history of the Percy dynasty.

The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York & Tudor by Amy License. Examines the lives of ten kings and potential kings who died young, changing the course of history.

The Legitimacy of Bastards: The Place of Illegitimate Children in Later Medieval England by Helen Matthews. For the nobility and gentry, illegitimacy could be less of a stigma in late medieval England than it became later.

All the Queen's Jewels, 1445-1548: Power, Majesty and Display by Nicola Tallis. About the jewelry of the queen consorts of England's Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and Henry VIII.

Power and Politics

The Royal Pardon: Access to Mercy in Fourteenth-Century England by Helen Lacey. Analyzes the procedures of pardoning and the role of royal mercy at moments of political upheaval. Appendices provide full lists of over 1,000 people who acted as intercessors for mercy, from personal servants of the crown to great nobles of the realm.

Gender, Family and the Legitimation of Power: England From the Ninth to Early Twelfth Century by Pauline Stafford. Essays on Anglo-Saxon and early Norman England focusing on political issues of family, succession, inheritance, and land holding among royalty and the elite.

Writing to the King: Nation, Kingship, and Literature in England, 1250-1350 by David Matthews. In the century before Chaucer, poets frequently addressed political verse to the king as a device to make their comments more effective.

The King's Bishops: The Politics of Patronage in England and Normandy, 1066-1216 by Everett U. Crosby. The first detailed comparative study of patronage as an instrument of power in the relations between kings and bishops after the Conquest.

Books About the Norman Dynasty
Books About William the Conqueror
Books About the Angevin Kings
Books About Eleanor of Aquitaine
Books About the Plantagenets
Books About the Hundred Years' War

Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir. The war between the royal houses of Lancaster and York, the most complex in English history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy.

Battle Royal: The Wars of the Roses, 1440-1462 by Hugh Bicheno. The first volume of a two-part history of the dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York. Includes 16 pages of illustrations and maps.

The Red Rose and the White: The Wars of the Roses, 1453-1487 by John Sadler. The Wars of the Roses were a series of mini-wars fought between two branches of the Plantagenet royal family, and won by the Tudors..

The Wars of the Roses by Michael Hicks. Examines the real reasons behind the Wars of the Roses (1455-85), including politics, foreign powers, and a credit crunch.

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones. How the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart.

The Wars of the Roses by Martin J. Dougherty. The story of the wars between Lancastrians and Yorkists, illustrated with photos, artworks, and maps. New paperback edition.

My Kingdom for a Horse: The War of the Roses by Ed West. "Written in the spirit of a black comedy," this is an introduction to "one of history's most insane wars."

Women in the Wars of the Roses

Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by Sarah Gristwood. Traces the rise and rule of seven women, including Marguerite of Anjou, Cecily Neville, and Margaret Beaufort.

The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin, and Michael Jones. An illustrated look at the lives of three women during the Wars of the Roses: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort by Amy License. Traces the stories of women on the Lancastrian side of the Wars of the Roses, including Katherine Swynford, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, and Margaret of Anjou.

The Kingmaker's Sisters: Six Powerful Women in the Wars of the Roses by David Baldwin. The six sisters of Warwick the Kingmaker all married powerful noblemen fighting on opposite sides in the Wars of the Roses.


Stormbird by Conn Iggulden. Fiction. In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England. A rival royal line, the House of York, sees Henry's weakness an opportunity to seize the throne. This is the first novel in the author's "Wars of the Roses" series. The second book is Margaret of Anjou.

Books About the Royal House of Lancaster
Books About the Royal House of York

Tudors & Stuarts

Quarrel With the King: The Story of an English Family on the High Road to Civil War by Adam Nicolson. Follows the first four earls of Pembroke from the 1520s through 1650. The richest family in England, the Pembrokes both threatened the Crown and acted as its violent agents before ultimately rebelling against the monarchy.

Books About the Tudor Dynasty
Books About the Stuart Dynasty
Books About the English Civil War

Early Modern England

Monarchy, Print Culture, and Reverence in Early Modern England: Picturing Royal Subjects by Stephanie E. Koscak. In later Stuart and early Hanoverian England, images of the royal family were part of the political landscape.

English History

Foundation: The History of England From Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd. Recounts the story of warring kings and foreign wars, and also how England's early people lived: their homes, clothes, food, and jokes.

English History Made Brief, Irreverent, and Pleasurable by Lacey Baldwin Smith. An amusing tour through England's history.

The History of England by Thomas Babington Macaulay. Classic account by a bestselling Victorian author.

Books About British Royal History

Royal Books & Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination by Scot McKendrick, John Lowden, and Kathleen Doyle. This catalog for a British Library exhibition of illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England. Includes full-page illustrations and three essays.

Books About British Royal Manuscripts


Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames by David Starkey and others, edited by Susan Doran. This illustrated catalogue, published to accompany an exhibition, explores the history of the Thames as a stage for royal celebration. It includes colourful stories of coronations and marriages; frost fairs and boat races; and more.

Royal Bargemasters: 800 Years at the Prow of Royal History by Robert Crouch and Beryl Pendley. Offers insight into the part bargemasters played in monarchs' lives.

Treachery and Retribution: England's Dukes, Marquesses and Earls, 1066-1707 by Andrew Rawson. The history of England's turbulent times told through the stories of the country's nobility.

Great Tales From English History by Robert Lacey. The truth about King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart, and more.

Miscellaneous British Royalty Books

For Children

Kings and Queens of England by John Green. More than 1,200 years of ruling British monarchs fill the pages of this coloring book, from Alfred the Great to Elizabeth II. For children ages 4 to 8.

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?

A Coloring Book of Kings & Queens of England edited by David Brownell; illustrated by Harry Knill and Donna Neary.

British Royalty Books for Children


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Monarchy With David Starkey. This six-episode series carries the viewer through nearly 10 centuries of royal rule in England.

The Wars of the Roses: A Bloody Crown. Using re-enactments and interviews with historians and authors, this documentary brings to life the blood-soaked wars between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

DVDs About British Royal History
DVDs About the Crown Jewels
DVDs About the Modern British Royal Family
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