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World Royalty

Royal Gardens: Extraordinary Edens From Around the World by Stéphane Bern, photos by Jean-Baptiste Leroux. An illustrated walk through some of the most beautiful royal gardens in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Power of Place: Rulers and Their Palaces, Landscapes, Cities, and Holy Places by David Rollason. Explores the nature of power through the places rulers created or developed.

See Inside Famous Palaces by Megan Cullis, illustrated by Barry Ablett. A children's book with pictures of famous palaces, including Versailles, Hampton Court Palace, the Al Hambra, Topkapi, and the Amber Fort, with flaps to lift for a look inside each building.

Great Britain

The Queen's Houses by Alan Titchmarsh. Takes readers on a tour of the royal residences and tells the personal family stories behind them. Illustrated.

The Royal Palaces of London by David Souden, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. Tells the stories of London's palaces from the Norman Conquest to modern times. Over 300 illustrations.

Royal Britain: Historic Palaces, Castles and Houses by Jane Struthers. This book takes the reader on a tour of more than 30 locations in England, Scotland and Wales, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, and the Tower of London. Each entry includes an essay, contact information, and photographs.

The Royal Gardeners by Alan Titchmarsh. Looks at the history of Britain's royal gardens from medieval times to the present day. Illustrated with original plans, designs, letters, planting records and diagrams of surviving gardens.

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.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Castles, Palaces & Stately Houses of Britain & Ireland by Charles Phillips. An illustrated history of the castles, royal residences and historic houses of Britain and Northern Ireland. Includes maps.

Haunted Royal Homes by Joan Forman. Focuses on British royal homes.


The Royal Yacht Britannia: The Official History by Richard Johnstone-Bryden. The author interviewed members of the royal family, royal yachtsmen, those who built the yacht, and those involved in her preservation.

The Royal Yacht Britannia: Inside the Queen's Floating Palace by Brian Hoey. The story of the Royal Yacht Britannia from 1939 through to her decommissioning in 1997.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace: The Official History by John Martin Robinson. King George III bought the Duke of Buckingham's house in 1761. This book tells the story of the house's gradual transformation into a royal palace.

A Royal Welcome by Anna Reynolds. An illustrated behind-the-scenes look at royal occasions at Buckingham Palace, from state banquets to garden parties and private audiences.

The Strange History of Buckingham Palace: Patterns of People by Patricia Wright. The story of Buckingham Palace and its environs.

100 Treasures of Buckingham Palace by Tom Parsons, Kathryn Barron, Matthew Winterbottom. One hundred of the most famous works of art in Buckingham Palace are presented in this fully-illustrated text, with accompanying notes for each plate and a brief introduction.

The Queen's House by Edna Healey. A social history of Buckingham Palace.

Clarence House

Clarence House: Official Souvenir Guide by Jonathan Marsden. Illustrated with 100 images including paintings, drawings, works of art, and photographs of the rooms.


Clarendon: Landscape of Kings by Tom Beaumont James and Christopher Gerrard. After 1066, Clarendon in Wiltshire became the favorite royal retreat. This illustrated book tells Clarendon's story from Neolithic to modern times, focusing on the palace's medieval heyday.


Eltham Palace by Jason Priestly. Eltham Palace was a royal residence from the 14th century until the 16th century. This book traces the palace from its medieval and Tudor beginnings, through the destruction of many of its royal buildings in the 17th century, to the present day. Illustrated.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace: The Official Illustrated History by Lucy Worsley and David Souden. Tells the story of one of the finest palaces in Europe: the original buildings of Henry VIII's reign; the late 17th century Baroque additions by Sir Christopher Wren; the famous formal gardens; the lifestyles of monarchs, mistresses, and courtiers; and life below stairs.

Hampton Court: A Social and Architectural History by Simon Thurley. Lavishly illustrated, the book covers the entire history of the building, including the fire of 1986. Explores the lives of its builders, telling the stories of the architects who fulfilled the whims of kings and princes.

The Gardens at Hampton Court Palace by Todd Longstaffe Gowan, photographs by Vivian Russell. Hampton Court Palace has the finest Baroque park and garden layout in Britain. This book explores the history of the gardens, including the role and impact of patrons, designers and estate workers.


Books About Highgrove

Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace: The Official Illustrated History by Edward Impey. Tells the story of the architectural development of the building, the creation of its magnificent gardens, and the dramas and intrigues of court life.

Kew Palace

Kew Palace: The Official Illustrated History by Susanne Groom, Lee Prosser. Kew Palace is Britain's smallest royal palace. Built in 1631, it later became the home of George III, Queen Charlotte and their large family.

Royal Pavilion

The Making of the Royal Pavilion: Design and Drawings by John Morley. Reproduces the original drawings used for the interior and exterior of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Built in 1787 as a neo-classical marine villa, the Pavilion had grown into an Indian/Chinese fantasy by 1820.

The Queen's House

The Queen's House, Greenwich by Pieter van der Merwe. Illustrated book about the Queen's House from its origins as a royal residence designed for the wife of King James I by Inigo Jones to its recent use by the National Maritime Museum.


Sandringham Days: The Domestic Life of the Royal Family in Norfolk, 1862-1952 by John Matson. Draws on letters, diaries and contemporary reports.

St James' Palace

St James' Palace: A History by Kenneth Scott. Built in the 16th century, St James' Palace in London is still used today for royal residences and offices.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London: The Official Illustrated History by Edward Impey and Geoffrey Parnell. A collection of black-and-white pictures spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones. Castle, royal palace, prison, zoo, treasure house, tourist attraction: the Tower of London has been all these things and more. This history, drawn from primary sources, tells the ancient structure's story from William the Conqueror to modern times.

The White Tower by Edward Impey. The White Tower, the gigantic structure at the heart of the Tower of London, is the most complete 11th century palace in Europe. This is a complete architectural, archaeological and historical study of White Tower and its context.

Tower of London: England's Ghostly Castle by Gail Blasser Riley. For children ages 9 to 12.


Westminster: A Biography, From Earliest Times to the Present by Robert Shepherd. Tells the story of the royal capital that became the birthplace of parliamentary government.

Westminster 1640-60: A Royal City in a Time of Revolution by J. F. Merritt. How the royal court's home became the seat of the non-monarchical regimes.

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.


Whitehall Palace: An Architectural History of the Royal Apartments, 1240-1698 by Simon Thurley. A discussion of the art and architecture of Whitehall Palace. It traces the development of the palace from its origins. Includes plans and diagrams.


Windsor Castle: The Official Illustrated History by John Martin Robinson.

Royal Landscape: The Gardens and Parks of Windsor by Jane Roberts. A comprehensive history of the parks around Windsor Castle. Includes 500 illustrations.

Windsor Ablaze! The Windsor Castle Fire & Restoration by Alexandra Brown. Describes the events leading up to the 1992 fire at Windsor Castle, the blaze itself, the immense salvage operation and restoration project.

The Queen's Backyard by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low. Photographs from the Royal Windsor Horse Show and Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Books About Stuart Royal Palaces
Books About Tudor Royal Palaces

British Royal Parks

London's Royal Parks by Paul Rabbitts. The history of London's royal parks and how they have evolved from private royal hunting grounds and gardens into modern public spaces.

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.

British Castles

The English Castle: 1066-1650 by John Goodall. The history of English castles over six centuries, including their varied architecture and changing role in warfare, politics, domestic living, and governance. Over 350 illustrations.

Houses of the National Trust by Lydia Greeves. Interior and exterior design of more than 250 properties, including houses, churches, windmills, castles, barns, and even pubs. This is a companion to Gardens of the National Trust by Stephen Lacey.

Medieval Castles, Stately & Historic Houses of Great Britain & Northern Ireland by Charles Phillips. From ancient times to the Wars of the Roses and 1485.

Castles & Palaces of the Tudors & Stuarts by Charles Phillips. The golden age of Britain's historic and stately houses.

The Stately Houses, Palaces & Castles of Georgian, Victorian and Modern Britain by Charles Phillips. An in-depth guide to the history of every house, with information on design, construction, best-known inhabitants, and celebrated architects.

The Amateur Historian's Guide to the Heart of England: Nearly 200 Medieval & Tudor Sites Two Hours or Less from London by Sarah Valente Kettler and Carole Trimble. A travel guide for royalty fans.

Castles in Context: Power, Symbolism and Landscape 1066-1500 by Robert Liddiard. Focusing on castle archaeology in England and Wales, this book examines how people experienced castles in the Middle Ages, and why they were such potent icons of lordship. Illustrated.

Leeds Castle: Queen of Castles, Castle of Queens by Scala Publishing. Illustrated guide that traces the castle's long link with the English Crown.

Castles of Britain and Ireland: The Ultimate Reference Book: A Region-By-Region Guide to over 1,350 Castles by Plantagenet Somerset Fry, photos by David Lyons.


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.

The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry. Provides details on the fortified buildings of Scotland, including histories, ownership, locations, and visitor access. This edition covers over 2300 sites, from the largest strongholds to the smallest ruins. Includes maps.

Scottish Houses and Gardens by Ian Gow. Photos of famous palaces, castles, and houses from the archives of Country Life, including Holyroodhouse and Glamis.

Forteviot: A Pictish & Scottish Royal Centre by Nick Aitchison. This first full-scale study of this famous site in Scotland throws new light on Pictish kingship and of the most powerful Pictish kings, Unuist son of Uurguist.

Edinburgh Castle: Scotland's Haunted Fortress by Barbara Knox. For children ages 9 to 12.


Books About Balmoral Castle

Glamis Castle

Books About Glamis Castle


The Palace of Holyroodhouse: Official Guidebook by Deborah Clarke.

More Books About the Palace of Holyroodhouse


Forbidden City: The Great Within by May Holdsworth and Caroline Courtauld, photos by Hu Chui. A blend of history, anecdotal narrative, biographical portraits, and illustrations evokes 500 years of imperial China through the story of its palace, the Forbidden City.

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City by Nancy Berliner. Illustrations and essays on the Qianlong Garden and its artworks, published to accompany an exhibition.

Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty by Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang. Explores the Imperial Palace in Beijing, China and the Imperial Palace in Shenyang, China, with 159 color photographs, 28 illustrations and figures, two charts, and two maps.

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures From the Palace Museum, Beijing by Li Jian. This book accompanies an exhibition of the same name. More than 200 works of art -- court paintings, furniture, costumes, sculpture, decorative objects, arms, and armor -- from the Ming and Qing dynasties are reproduced in full color.

Forbidden City: China's Imperial Palace by Barbara Knox. Nonfiction for children ages 9 to 12.

Royal Gardens: Private Gardens of the Imperial Family by Cheng Liyao. The development of Chinese imperial gardens from the Shang dynasty to the Qing dynasty. Includes 131 color photographs, 16 illustrations and figures, and two maps.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace by Yao Tianxin. More than 60 photos of the world's largest imperial garden. Chinese/English edition.

Liberal Barbarism: The European Destruction of the Palace of the Emperor of China by Erik Ringmar. In 1860, British and French armies, bent on "civilizing" the Chinese, destroyed Yuanmingyuan, the Chinese imperial palace north-west of Beijing, which housed one of the greatest art collections ever assembled.

Barbarian Lens: Western Photographers of the Qianlong Emperor's European Palaces by Regine Thiriez. This book offers extremely rare photographs of the Summer Palace, a complex of gardens and palaces that was burned and looted by Western armies in 1860.

China's Lost Imperial Garden: The World's Most Exquisite Garden Rediscovered by Guo Daiheng. Built in 1707, the Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan) has been digitally reconstructed in recent years. This book reveals what the garden was like in its prime.

Books About the Emperors of China


Egyptian Palaces and Villas: Pashas, Khedives, and Kings by Shirley Johnston, photographs by Sherif Sonbol. Tells the stories of the families and architects behind 41 spectacular villas and palaces. Illustrated with 174 original color photographs.


Dream Palaces: The Last Royal Courts of Europe by Jerome Coignard, photographs by Marc Walter. Offers a private tour through 19th century royal estates, including Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein, the Alexandra Cottage of Peterhof, and the lovely Castle of Miramare built for Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. Provides a brief overview of each royal family and their palaces, contemporary color photographs, period interior views, and family photographs.

Dream Sleeps: Castle & Palace Hotels of Europe (2nd Edition) by Pamela L. Barrus. A travel guide for those who want to live like royalty.

Royal Gardens of Europe by George Plumptre. Examines how royal gardens represented power; royal leisure gardens; the influence of English gardening on royalty in many European countries; restorations of important gardens; contemporary royal gardens; and more. Includes a directory of gardens.

Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure From the Palaces of Europe edited by Annamaria Giusti and Wolfram Koeppe. This beautiful catalogue provides a history of pietre dure, a form of hardstone carving that reached an artistic peak in Italy in the 16th century and spread throughout Europe.

Everything Castles by Crispin Boyer. Fun facts and photos shed light on the history of castles. For children ages 8 and up.


French Architectural Ornament: From Versailles, Fontainebleau and Other Palaces edited by Eugene Rouyer. A visual tour through royal salons, war rooms, and ballrooms, with decorative elements from doors, walls, fireplaces, cabinets, consoles, and friezes. 61 color and 100 black-and-white illustrations.


Versailles: A Biography of a Palace by Tony Spawforth. Analyzes the politics behind the Sun King's construction of Versailles and how it worked as the seat of a royal court, showing the fateful consequences for the French monarchy of its relocation to Versailles.

Behind the Scenes in Versailles by Pascal Bonafoux and Gilles Targat. About the building of the chateau, life at court, and its characters - kings, queens, courtiers -- and intrigues.

Versailles: A Private Invitation by Guillaume Picon, photographs by Francis Hammond. Photos of the world's largest château, including numerous apartments and outbuildings inaccessible to the public. Includes Marie-Antoinette's boudoir, the wings of the Queen's theater, and the Orangerie on a wintery day.

Versailles by Valérie Bajou-Charpentreau. Covers the chateau's metamorphosis from hunting lodge to palace, the dismantling of its collections during the French Revolution, and its restoration and status as a UNESCO World Heritage site today. Includes an extensive photographic tour of the palace's treasures.

Versailles by Jean-Marie Perouse De Montclos. A coffee-table book of photos of the beautiful French palace.

Versailles Gardens by Beatrix Saule, photographs by Jean-Baptiste Leroux. Tells the story of the gardens created by Louis XIV, gardener Andre le Notre, artist Hardouin-Mansart, and architect Charles Le Brun.

The Palace of Versailles written and illustrated by Christian Heinrich. Spend a day with the Sun King, Louis XIV, in his magnificent palace and splendid gardens. For ages 7 and up.

Palace of Versailles: France's Royal Jewel by Linda Tagliaferro. For children ages 9 to 12.

Books About Louis XIV

Other Palaces

A Day at Château de Fontainebleau by Guillaume Picon, photos by Eric Sander. This illustrated, slipcased volume recounts the history of the palace -- one of the few royal residences left intact during the French Revolution.

The Louvre: The Tale of a Palace by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier. The story of the Louvre from its construction as a medieval fortress to the present day -- a dramatic saga of French history and royalty. 200 illustrations.


The Dresden Zwinger by Matthias Donath and Dirk Welch. About the baroque German palace designed in the 18th century for Augustus II the Strong.

Albrechtsburg Meissen by Matthias Donath and Andre Thieme. The history of the first modern residential palace in Saxony, Germany, built by the Wettin Electors and Dukes of Saxony.

The Castles of King Ludwig II by Ernst Wrba and Michael Kühler. This illustrated study includes details on Neuschwanstein Castle, Schloss Linderhof (the only castle to be finished), and Schloss Herrenchiemsee.

More Books About Ludwig II & His Palaces


Great Country Houses of Hungary by Lord Michael Pratt, photographs by Gerhard Trumler. Baroque castles and rococo villas dot Hungary's countryside, testaments to the wealth and power of the aristocracy.


Forts & Palaces of India: Sentinels of History by Bindu Manchanda.

India Sublime: Princely Palace Hotels of Rajasthan by Mitchell Shelby Crites and Ameeta Nanji, photographs by Melba Levick. With vast marble halls, mirrored rooms, mosaics, and tapestries, India's palaces are a visual feast. Many have been converted to hotels. This book is illustrated with more than 250 photos.

Royal Palaces of India by George Michell, photographs by Antonio Martinelli. Evokes life within the complexes and describes their defense, spacious audience halls, courtyards, temples, and private apartments.

Princely Rajasthan: Rajput Palaces and Mansions by George Michell, photos by Antonio Martinelli. Provides a glimpse into the lives of colorful Indian maharajas who lived in fantastic palaces. Illustrated with photos of the palaces and royal collections of paintings, furniture, and more.

Silent Splendour: Palaces of the Deccan, 14th-19th Centuries edited by Helen Philon, photographs by Clare Arni. The architecture of India's Deccan dynasties, from the Early Bahmani kingdom at Daulatabad to the Asaf Jahi rulers of Hyderabad.

Princely Palaces in New Delhi by Sumanta K Bhowmick. This book includes interviews with royalty and unpublished photographs from royal private collections.

Mighty Maharajas: Forts & Palaces of India by Amita Baig, photographs by Joginder Singh. Features some 60 palaces and royal forts, dating from antiquity through the colonial era (ending in 1947).

Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts edited by Anna Jackson and Amin Jaffer. This lavishly illustrated book, published to accompany an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, examines the world of the maharaja from the 18th century to 1947. Includes paintings, photographs, textiles and dress, jewelry, jeweled objects, metalwork, and furniture.

The City Palace Museum Udaipur by Andrew Topsfield. Paintings of court life in the Indian region of Mewar (Udaipur Kingdom).

The Vijayanagara Courtly Style: Incorporations and Synthesis in the Royal Architecture of Southern India, 15th-17th Centuries by George Michell. The Mysore Palace is only 86 years old. This book examines the history of other royal palaces in the region.

Books About the Taj Mahal


Palaces and Gardens of Persia by Yves Porter. From ancient mirrored shrines of Shiraz and geometric gardens of Kashan to the ornate domes of Ispahan, here is a photographic timeline of 3,000 years drawn in water, brick, and ceramic.

The Palace of Darius at Susa: The Great Royal Residence of Achaemenid Persia edited by Jean Perrot. A lavishly illustrated look at the discovery and excavation of the palace complex of the Darius I the Great (522-486 BC) in western Iran.


Katsura by Arata Isozaki. A detailed history of Katsura, the 17th-century imperial palace in Kyoto, often described as the "quintessence of Japanese taste." Includes photographs and drawings.


The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo edited by Emmanuel Ducamp, photos by Marc Walter. New photographs and archive images capture a bygone age of Romanov splendor. 340 illustrations, 289 in color.

Pavlovsk: The Life of a Russian Palace by Suzanne Massie. The story begins in the late 18th Century with Catherine the Great's son, who was later assassinated. Over subsequent generations, the best architects and artisans worked on the palace. The palace was narrowly saved from rampaging Red Guards during the Russian Revolution -- only to fall later into the hands of the Nazis.

My Hermitage by Mikhail Piotrovsky, translated by Antonina W. Bouis. In a memoir, the Russian museum's longtime director takes the reader on a private tour and tells how the Hermitage survived tsars, wars, and revolutions.

The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure by Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy. One of the most valuable works in the history of art, the Amber Room was sent by Frederick I of Prussia to Peter the Great in 1717 as a gift. When the Nazis swept into St Petersburg, it disappeared from view, never to be seen again.

The Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum: Catherine the Great's Private Passion by Will Black, Simon Sebag Montefiore. A brief introduction to one of the world's most enchanting 18th century palaces.

Books About Russian Royalty
Books About Faberge Eggs


Splendor of Tibet: The Potala Palace, Jewel of the Himalayas edited by Phuntsok Namgyal. Features over 150 color photographs of the Potala Palace, palace of the Dalai Lamas, including murals, statues, and enamel work, and palace exteriors.

More Books About Tibet
Books About the Dalai Lamas


Topkapi by Filiz Cagman. This guide describes the planning, architecture and history of the magnificent Ottoman imperial complex in Istanbul, Turkey.

Architecture, Ceremonial, and Power: The Topkapi Palace in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries by Gulru Necipoglu.

Books About Byzantine Architecture
Books About Ottoman Architecture

Children's Books

The Palace by Kathryn Hinds. From the Life in the Medieval Muslim World series. For children ages 9 to 12.

Children's Books About Castles

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Documentaries About British Castles & Palaces

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The Queen's Palaces. Three films presented by Fiona Bruce tell the stories behind the creation of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Includes comments from Prince Charles.

Castles of Scotland. Available on VHS tape. A tour of many dramatic fortresses, including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Castle Fraser, Fyvie Castle, Castle Levan, Caerlaverock Castle, Glamis Castle, Fort George, Eileen Donan Castle, Culzean Castle, and Kinloch Castle. Three volume set.

Britannia: The Palace at Sea is a 1998 documentary. VHS tape.


Versailles. A short documentary about the history of Versailles, from its beginnings as a hunting lodge in a swamp to its transformation into the most spectacular palace in Europe.

Global Treasures: Chateau De Versailles. A 2007 documentary.

Documentaries About Palaces in Hawaii
Documentaries About Palaces in Monaco
Videos & DVDs About Topkapi Palace in Turkey
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