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Published in April 2018
Modern British Royalty
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess by Andrew Morton. A biography of the American actress who won Prince Harry's heart.
American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by Leslie Carroll. Even a generation ago it would have been unthinkable for a British royal to marry a divorced actress. This book leads readers through centuries of Britain's royal romances and marriages, and offers a glimpse into Meghan Markle's life.
The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles and the Love Affair That Rocked the Crown by Penny Junor. This in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall argues that she played a central role in restoring the royal family's reputation after Prince Charles's split from Princess Diana.
The Royal Engagement
Royal Wedding: The Souvenir Album by Alison James. Celebrates Prince Harry's upcoming wedding (in May) to Meghan Markle and other recent royal weddings.
Harry & Meghan: An Invitation to the Royal Wedding by Angela Peel. This illustrated bok celebrates the royal couple's romance and explores plans for their wedding.
Royal Weddings: Grandeur, Romance, and Tradition by the editors of LIFE Magazine. Published to coincide with the engagement of Meghan and Harry.
Harry and Meghan Paper Dolls by Eileen Rudisill Miller. Dress the royal couple in the outfits they wore to their engagement announcement, Harry's Invictus Games T-shirt, Meghan's ensemble for her first official royal duty, and more.
Royal Wedding: Harry & Meghan Paper Dolls by Random House.
British Royal History
Richard I: The Crusader King by Thomas Asbridge. This book presents Richard the Lionheart as a formidable warrior-king burdened by the legacy of his dysfunctional dynasty.
'Bad' King John: The Life & Reign of the Magna Carta Tyrant by Sean McGlynn. The author's research shows that John's reputation for evil and incompetence is well deserved and founded on clear evidence.
Richard III: England's Most Controversial King by Chris Skidmore. This biography draws on new manuscript evidence to examine Richard's inner nature and complex relations with those around him.
Tudors and Stuarts
Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity by Helen Castor. From her precarious upbringing to the religious division that marred her state, Elizabeth lived under constant threat, but became a fearless queen. From the Penguin Monarchs series.
Tudor Monarchs: Lives in Letters by Andrea Clarke. The Tudors tell their story in their own words, their own handwriting. Includes famous letters about major historical turning-points as well as unpublished eyewitness accounts by the key players in 16th-century life.
On the Trail of Mary, Queen of Scots by Roy Calley. A visitor's guide to the castles, palaces and houses associated with the life of the queen.
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites by David Forsyth. Produced for an exhibition, this book includes photos of objects and paintings associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie, along with specially commissioned essays.
Britain and Europe
Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe by John Julius Norwich. About 16th century rulers of England, France, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Ottoman Empire who changed European history.
Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots by Mary Goldstone. Elizabeth Stuart, wife of Frederick V of the Palatinate, was forced with her family into exile. She and her daughters faced danger, tragic loss, and betrayal.
The Imperial Tea Party: Family, Politics and Betrayal by Frances Welch. After the 1894 marriage of Queen Victoria's favourite granddaughter to future tsar Nicholas II, three meetings took place between British and Russian royalty that were beset by misunderstandings and misfortunes.
The Queen Danced Alone: Court Ballet in Sweden During the Reign of Queen Christina (1638-1654) by Stefano Fogelberg Rota. Ballet was Christina's medium of political propaganda. This book offers in-depth analysis of all extant libretti and performances.
Giuliano de' Medici: Machiavelli's Prince in Life and Art by Josephine Jungic. Remembered as an inconsequential hedonist, Giuliano de' Medici (1479-1516), son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, was loved and admired by some of the most talented and famous men of his day.
Francis I: The Maker of Modern France by Leonie Frieda. A biography of the 16th century monarch who turned France into a great nation. A man of grand passions, he was also a flawed husband, father, and king.
Juana I: Legitimacy and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Castile by Gillian B. Fleming. Examines the deep and lengthy crisis of legitimacy triggered by the death of Prince Juan of Castile and Aragon in 1497 and the ascent of Juana I to the throne in 1504.
Royal and Elite Households in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: More Than Just a Castle edited by Theresa Earenfight. Topics include the nuclear and extended royal family, their household attendants, noblemen and noblewomen as courtiers, and physicians.
Napoleon - The Spirit of the Age: 1805-1810 by Michael Broers. The second volume in a three-part life of Napoleon. This book covers the zenith of Napoleon's power and military might. The first book in the series is Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny.
Napoleon: Passion, Death and Resurrection, 1815-1840 by Philip Dwyer. The final volume of a trilogy chronicling the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. The first two books are Napoleon: The Path to Power and Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power.
The Canadian Kingdom: 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy edited by D. Michael Jackson. Essays discuss whether there is a distinctly Canadian monarchy and explore how Canada's development has influenced other Commonwealth realms.
Published in March 2018
Modern British Royalty
Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles by Tom Bower. This critical biography, "relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct."
Harry: Life, Loss, and Love by Katie Nicholl. Explores Prince Harry's relationships with family members, former girlfriends, and American actress Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry: The Inside Story by Duncan Larcombe. Biography written by a former Royal Editor for the Sun newspaper in London. Published in 2017 and updated in 2018 to reflect Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle.
British Royal History
Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester by Nicola Tallis. A biography of Lettice Knollys, who dared to marry Queen Elizabeth I's favorite, Robert Dudley, without the queen's consent.
Elizabeth I in Writing: Language, Power and Representation in Early Modern England edited by Donatella Montini and Iolanda Plescia. Collection of essays reappraising Elizabeth's translations, letters, poems and prayers.
The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart by Sarah Fraser. Eldest son to James VI and I, Henry Stuart died at age 18. If he had lived, he might have saved Britain from the Civil War.
The Family Medici: The Hidden History of the Medici Dynasty by Mary Hollingsworth. Argues that the Medici were devious and immoral tyrants, loathed in the city they illegally made their own.
King Sigismund of Poland and Martin Luther: The Reformation Before Confessionalization by Natalia Nowakowska. This study examines why the Polish monarchy did not persecute Lutherans.
Premodern Rulers and Postmodern Viewers: Gender, Sex, and Power in Popular Culture edited by Janice North, Karl C. Alvestad, and Elena Woodacre. How the lives of European monarchs have been mythologized on-screen to appeal to today's audiences.
Babur: Timurid Prince and Mughal Emperor, 1483-1530 by Stephen F. Dale. A concise biography of Babur, who founded the Timurid-Mughal Empire of South Asia but suffered the regretful anguish of an exile.
King Leopold's Congo and the "Scramble for Africa" by Michael A. Rutz. A short history with documents.
The Empress Nurbanu and Ottoman Politics in the Sixteenth Century: Building the Atik Valide by Pinar Kayaalp. Nurbanu was the wife of Selim II and mother of Murad III. This book concentrates on her role in the creation of the Atik Valide mosque complex.
Caligula by Simon Turney. Was Caligula really a monster? Let his sister Livilla tell you how her quiet, caring brother became the most powerful man on earth and Rome was changed forever...
Court of Lions: A Novel by Jane Johnson. This romantic saga tells the dual stories of a modern woman and the last Moorish sultan of Granada.
The Pretender's Lady: A Novel by Alan Gold. Fictional account of the life of Flora MacDonald, who single-handedly saved Bonnie Prince Charlie. New paperback edition.
Royal Weddings: A Very Peculiar History by Fiona Macdonald. Features black-and-white illustrations, anecdotes, trivia, a timeline, and glossary.
A Royal Childhood: 200 Years of Royal Babies by Liz Gogerly. For readers ages 6 to 11. A look at British royal children, from Queen Victoria to the 21st century's Prince George and Princess Charlotte. New paperback edition.
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