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Published in October 2020
Modern British Royalty
Battle of Brothers: William and Harry - The Friendship and Feuds by Robert Lacey. Reveals the details of Prince William and Prince Harry's closeness and estrangement. Were seeds of damage sowed by Charles and Diana? What parts have Kate, Meghan, and the Queen played?
Prince Philip Revealed by Ingrid Seward. This biography of Queen Elizabeth II's husband reveals his many faces - as a father, philanthropist, philanderer, and statesman.
Her Majesty, A Photographic History 1926-Today by Christopher Warwick. Photographs by Cecil Beaton, Lord Snowdon, Annie Leibovitz, and others.
This Is a Book for People Who Love the Royals by Rebecca Stoeker. Uncover answers to common questions: how royal titles work, who is in the line of succession, and why the guards at Buckingham Palace never smile.
British Royal History
Espionage in the Divided Stuart Dynasty: 1685-1715 by Julian Whitehead. After James II lost his crown, he and his descendants tried to win it back, conspiring with Jacobites and Tories.
Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant by Robert Hutchinson. Henry's last six years saw him embark on two marriages and brutal wars. He suffered painful medical conditions that turned him into a psychotic monster. (This may be an updated version of the author's previous book The Last Days of Henry VIII.)
Queen of Versailles: Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV's France by Mark Bryant. How the dynamics of power and gender operated in the Sun King's court.
The Routledge Handbook of Balkan and Southeast European History edited by John R. Lampe and Ulf Brunnbauer. International scholars explore the modern history of the region, from the 19th century to the postwar and Cold War years of the 20th century.
Saul, Benjamin, and the Emergence of Monarchy in Israel: Biblical and Archaeological Perspectives edited by Joachim J. Krause, Omer Sergi, and Kristin Weingart. Essays on Israel's monarchy.
Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam edited by Victor T. King and Stephen C. Druce. Explores the strengths, characteristics, and uniqueness of the Malay Islamic monarchy in a historical context.
King Abdul Aziz: Diplomacy and Statecraft 1902-1953 edited by A. Burdett. Original documents from British official sources depict the policy decisions and diplomatic skills of Saudi Arabia's founder. (Wildly expensive.)
Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife by Aidan Dodson. Explores what can be reconstructed of the queen's life and apparently tragic fate.
King Philip's War, 1675-76: America's Deadliest Colonial Conflict by Gabriele Esposito, illustrated by Giuseppe Rava. Study of a major conflict between New England colonists and Native Americans led by Wampanoag chief Metacomet (Philip).
Life After the Harem: Female Palace Slaves, Patronage and the Imperial Ottoman Court by Betül Ipsirli Argit. The manumission of slaves did not end their ties with the imperial court.
Queen Elizabeth II. Biography for children ages 7 to 10. Learn how Elizabeth worked with 13 prime ministers, met world leaderse, and remained a stable presence as head of the royal family.
Published in September 2020
British Royal History
Edward the Confessor: Last of the Royal Blood by Tom License. This biography presents Edward as a compassionate man who captured the hearts of his subjects.
Women of Power in Anglo-Saxon England by Annie Whitehead. Examines the lives of royal women from 7th century Northumbria to 11th century Wessex, making extensive use of primary sources.
Royal Witches: Witchcraft and the Nobility in Fifteenth-Century England by Gemma Hollman. About four royal women -- Joan of Navarre, Eleanor Cobham, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, and Elizabeth Woodville -- who were accused of witchcraft.
Henry VII: Treason and Trust by Sean Cunningham. A short account of how Henry founded the Tudor dynasty and arguably helped to lay the foundations for modern government.
The English Civil War: An Atlas and Concise History of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, 1639-51 by Nick Lipscombe. A highly detailed cartographic survey of the epic struggle between Parliamentarians and Royalists.
Modern British Royalty
The Last Queen: How Queen Elizabeth II Saved the Monarchy by Clive Irving. This biography follows Elizabeth's struggle to preserve the fragile institution of monachy in a changing world.
Prince Andrew: Epstein and the Palace by Nigel Cawthorne. Investigates the story of the key players, allegations and counter-allegations.
The Crown in Focus: Two Centuries of Royal Photography by Claudia Acott Williams. Includes 200 images and extended captions that tell the story behind each photo.
Philip & Alexander: Kings and Conquerors by Adrian Goldsworthy. Philip of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great, transformed a weak kingdom into a globe-spanning empire, changing the course of history.
1652: The Cardinal, the Prince, and the Crisis of the Fronde by David Parrott. This book raises questions about the rule of Cardinal Mazarin, Richelieu, and the absolutism of Louis XIV.
Once Upon a Diamond: A Family Tradition of Royal Jewels by Prince Dimitri, photographs by Mark Roskams. A history of jewelry told through the stories of the royal families of Italy, Greece, Belgium, Russia, and Yugoslavia. The author is a Yugoslavian prince.
The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy: European Monarchies Compared edited by Robert Hazell and Bob Morris. Written by experts from Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK, this book consider monarchy's powers, laws of succession, royal finances, and more.
Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy by Charles Coulombe. Biography of Emperor Karl I of Austria, who died in 1922 and was beatified by the Catholic church in 2004.
The Tsarina's Lost Treasure: Catherine the Great, a Golden Age Masterpiece, and a Legendary Shipwreck by Gerald Easter and Mara Vorhees. Brings the life the personalities that drove Russian high politics, art and culture.
Catherine the Great: A Reference Guide to Her Life and Works by Alexander Kamenskii. Includes a chronology and an A to Z section of major events, places, and people in the Russian empress's life.
Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power by Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck. How MBS's rise coincided with the fraying of U.S.-Saudi relations.
Behind the Kingdom's Veil: Inside the New Saudi Arabia Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by Susanne Koelbl. How religious extremism and oppression of women support a single goal - preserving the House of Saud. (Currently only audiobook available at Amazon.)
Gentile Bellini's Portrait of Sultan Mehmed II: Lives and Afterlives of an Iconic Image by Elizabeth Rodini. This biography of a picture explores its history and the various meanings imposed on it.
Sex and the City of Ladies: Rewriting History With Cleopatra, Lucrezia Borgia and Catherine the Great by Lisa Hilton. A reassessment of the past in which deeds and reputations, rumours and reality are held up to the light.
Royal Gardens of the World: 21 Celebrated Gardens, From the Alhambra to Highgrove and Beyond by Mark Lane. About royal gardens in England, Scotland, Austria, Bali, Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and Sweden.
His Majesty's Grand Conceit by Robert Barclay. Plots, craft and wiles around King George II's firework spectacle of April 27, 1749.
A Most English Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria's Daughter by Clare McHugh. The story of Victoria, the Princess Royal, from childhood to her marriage to an emperor and her final days.
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