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Published in September 2019
Victoria and Albert
Queen Victoria's Buckingham Palace by Amanda Foreman and Lucy Peter. This gift book accompanies a Buckingham Palace exhibition and illustrates how Victoria transformed the palace from a lavish bachelor pad to a family home.
Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy by A.N. Wilson. This biography argues that it is impossible to understand 19th century England without knowing about Queen Victoria's husband. A composer, engineer, soldier, politician, linguist, and bibliophile, he influenced almost every aspect of national life.
Curtain Down at Her Majesty's by Stewart Richards. The death of Queen Victoria in the words of those who were there.
The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women: Queen Victoria and the Women's Movement by Arianne Chernock. Victoria captured the imaginations of 19th-century feminists, who routinely used her to assert their own claims to citizenship.
British Royal History
Katherine Howard: Henry VIII's Slandered Queen by Conor Byrne. Henry VIII's fifth wife was bright, charming and beautiful, but her premarital liaisons led to her ruin.
The King's War: The Friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue During World War II by Peter Conradi and Mark Logue. This sequel to The King's Speech takes the British king and his speech therapist through the war to victory and beyond. (Nonfiction.)
Royal Confinements by Sir John Dewhurst. Examines pregnancies and childbirths of British royals, including Queen Anne and Queen Victoria. First published in 1980, it has been updated to include modern royals.
Modern British Royalty
Speeches and Articles 2013-2017: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales edited by David Cadman. Third volume in a series. (Expensive.)
Diana: Case Solved by Dylan Howard with Colin McLaren. Claims that Princess Diana made powerful enemies, including the royals.
King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne by Janet L. Nelson. Brings together everything we know about Charles I to paint a vivid portrait of the man and his motives.
The Angevin Dynasties of Europe 900-1500: Lords of the Greatest Part of the World by Jeffrey Anderson. From their small county in the heart of France, the lords of Anjou produced dynasties of Jerusalem, England, Sicily, Hungary and Poland.
Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior by Florence Müller and others. A look at Grace Kelly's stylish life through the dresses created for her by the house of Dior.
A Monument to Dynasty and Death by Nathan T. Elkins. The story of Rome's Colosseum and the emperors who built it.
The Lesser-Known World of Mughal Emperor Jahangir by Som Prakash Verma. A psychological study of the emperor, whose memoirs reveal him as a person, poet, and keen observer of nature.
Prince, Patron & Patriarch: Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala by Brigadier H.H. Sukhjit Singh and Cynthia Meera Frederick. The last ruler of the princely state of Kapurthala (1872-1949) was witness to epochal events within India and across the globe.
India: A Short History by Andrew Robinson. India's story from the ancient Hindu dynasties to the present day. New paperback edition.
The Library, Books 16-20: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Successors by Diodorus of Sicily, translated by Robin Waterfield. The Greek historian Diodorus Siculu is an important source of information on Alexander, his father, and the turbulent decades after Alexander's death.
The Byzantine Hellene by Dimiter Angelov. Highly illustrated biography of Theodore II Laskaris, who ruled over the Byzantine state of Nicaea after the fall of Constantinople in 1204.
Napoleon and Persia: Franco-Persian Relations Under the First Empire by Iradj Amini. Examines the growing interest of Napoleon in India, French missions to Persia, the Persian mission to Paris, and more. New paperback edition.
For Children and Teens
Warrior Queens: True Stories of Six Ancient Rebels Who Slayed History by Vicky Alvear Shecter, illustrated by Bill Mayer. A humorous, detailed look at Hatshepsut, Zenobia, and other powerful queens. For children ages 9 to 12.
The Brave Princess and Me by Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Juliana Kolesova. During the Second World War, Princess Alice of Greece hides a mother and daughter from the Nazis. For readers ages 5 to 6.
American Royals by Katharine McGee. Two and a half centuries after the American Revolution, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Princesses Beatrice and Samantha vie for the crown while two girls vie for the heart of their brother, Jefferson. For young adult readers.
Published in August 2019
John: An Evil King? by Nick Vincent. This biography unpicks the character of one of England's most complex and despised kings. Has he been unfairly misunderstood?
Royal Homes and Gardens by Halima Sadat. A short, illustrated look at Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, Balmoral, and others.
The Countess: The Scandalous Life of Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey by Tim Clarke. Through her relationship with the Prince Regent, Frances Villiers enraged the country and threatened the monarchy. (New paperback edition.)
Meghan: Royal Duchess and Mother by Halima Sadat. This brief illustrated biography covers the future duchess's early years, Hollywood career, and life as a duchess.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex: Queen of Style by Alison James. An illustrated look at the duchess's fashion choices, from leather skirts to sophisticated ballgowns.
British Royal Calendars
Her Majesty the Queen Wall Calendar 2020 by Flame Tree Studio. This photographic calendar takes you through the decades of Elizabeth II's life and reign.
Queen Victoria Wall Calendar 2020 by Flame Tree Studio. Photographs, illustrations and items of clothing from the collections of the Historic Royal Palaces.
Hampton Court Palace Gardens Wall Calendar 2020 by Flame Tree Studio. Twelve photos of all seasons in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.
Egypt of the Saite Pharaohs, 664-525 BC by Roger Forshaw. In the 660s BC Egypt was an occupied country. However, a family from the city of Sais declared independence from the Assyrian Empire and reunified Egypt.
Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt. This biography judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his age and considers his contradictions.
Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661-1257 by Taef El-Azhari. Gender politics and power from Iran and Central Asia to North Africa and Spain.
Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy edited by Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, and Jonathan W. Spangler. How royal families (in places including Morocco, Byzantium, and Western Europe) reacted to dynastic crises such as lack of a male heir.
Photographic Subjects: Monarchy and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia by Susie Protschky. This book discusses photography at royal celebrations during 20th century Dutch rule in Indonesia.
The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500-1492 by Jonathan Shepard. Includes maps, a glossary, an alternative place-name table, and references to English translations of sources. New paperback edition.
Commodus by Simon Turney. On the brink of disaster, Roman emperor Commodus tries to hold the empire together, but only one woman can hold him together.
Books for Teens
Kate Middleton and Prince William by Angie Timmons. A joint biography for young adult (teen) readers.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by Simone Payment. Explores the couple's family challenges and charity work. For young adult readers.
Children's Books - British Royalty
William and Kate by Annabel Savery. The British royal couple, their place in British history, and their many duties. Includes photos. For children ages 8 to 11.
Harry and Meghan by Izzy Howell. Learn about the popular couple and their role in the British royal family. For children ages 8 to 11.
Meghan Markle by Rebecca Felix. Describes Markle's early life, her beginnings as an actress, her volunteer and advocacy work, and her marriage to Prince Harry. For children in grades 3 to 6.
Children's Books - World Royalty
Real-Life Kings by Karen Latchana Kenney. Simple, accessible text introduces social studies concepts about the duties of kings. For children ages 4 to 7.
Real-Life Queens by Karen Latchana Kenney. Readers follow real-life queens to learn about their lives and responsibilities. For children ages 4 to 7.
Real-Life Princes by Karen Latchana Kenney. Introduces young readers to princes' lives and responsibilities. For children ages 4 to 7.
Real-Life Princesses by Karen Latchana Kenney. Learn the basics about princesses and their duties. For children ages 4 to 7.
Cool Castles and Palaces book series by Clara Bennington. Illustrated books about Windsor Castle, Versailles, the Forbidden City, and other royal residences. For children ages 6 to 9.
Monarchy by Xina M. Uhl and Katy Schiel. A guide to the political system of monarchy through history, from ancient Egypt to modern times. For children ages 11 to 14.
Books About African Royalty
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