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Published in July 2018
Making England, 796-1042 by Richard Huscroft. Examines how and why the kingdom of England formed, and charts the growth of royal power.
Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England by W. B. Bartlett. This biography portrays Richard I as a remarkable man badly let down by those around him.
Cecily Neville: Mother of Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill. Cecily Neville was a key political player in 15th-century England. Her story is full of controversy. This book seeks to dispel the myths.
The Survival of the Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery and Myth by Matthew Lewis. Delves into the princes' disappearance, examining the suspects' motives and opportunities afresh, and asks a crucial question: What if there was no murder?
Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower by Susan Higginbotham. A niece of King Edward IV, Margaret was a member of Henry VIII's court until religious upheaval caused her family to fall from grace.
England and France
The Black Prince and the Capture of a King: Poitiers 1356 by Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel. The capture of King Jean brought France to the brink of defeat. This book offers a day-by-day description of the campaign of July-September 1356 and a detailed description of the Battle of Poitiers itself.
Catherine: Duchess of Cambridge by Halima Sadat and Gill Knappett. This illustrated souvenir follows Kate Middleton's life from her happy childhood to her wedding and the births of her first two children.
The King's Assassin: The Secret Plot to Murder King James I by Benjamin Woolley. An account of the conspiracy to kill James I by his handsome lover, George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham.
George V: A King at War by Alexandra Churchill. Researched with unique access to George V's private diaries and letters.
Representing Royalty by Julia Kinzler. How power is represented in modern films about British monarchs, including The Queen and The King's Speech.
Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal. In 1611, 34-year-old Nur Jahan became the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir of India's Mughal Empire. She governed in his stead and led troops into battle.
Sissi's World: The Empress Elisabeth in Memory and Myth edited by Maura E. Hametz and Heidi Schlipphacke. Explores cultural foundations for the endurance of legends about Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
Monarchies and the Great War edited by Matthew Glencross and Judith Rowbotham. Examines the experiences of monarchs in Belgium, Italy, and the Austro-Hungarian, Japanese and Ottoman empires.
Royals on Tour: Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery. Explores visits by European monarchs and princes to colonies, and by indigenous royals to Europe in the 1800s and early 1900s.
The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens edited by Kavita Mudan Finn and Valerie Schutte. Essays span Shakespeare's career and cover a range of queens, from the furious Margaret of Anjou in the Henry VI plays to the quietly powerful Hermione in "The Winter's Tale."
The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C. W. Gortner. Written from the point of view of the Danish princess who became the mother of Russia's last tsar.
Published in June 2018
Modern British Royalty
Princess: The Early Life of Queen Elizabeth II by Jane Dismore. With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives, this book looks in depth at Elizabeth's life as a princess.
The Queen's Marriage by Lady Colin Campbell. Promises the inside story of Elizabeth II's relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh.
Charles, Prince of Wales by Gill Knappett. A short illustrated biography.
Royal Babies: A Heir-Raising History by Alison James. Go behind palace doors to discover the pleasures and pitfalls of royal pregnancies, births and babies.
Harry and Meghan
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding Album by Halima Sadat. This souvenir celebrates the couple's love story and features photos from their wedding.
Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding Album by Angela Peel. The story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's romance and wedding, illustrated with photos.
Harry & Meghan: The Wedding Album by Robert Jobson. This coffee-table book offers photos from throughout Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's lives.
Royal Wedding: The Souvenir Album by Alison James. A look back at British royal weddings. (Reportedly contains zero photos from Harry and Meghan's wedding.)
English Royal History
Edmund: In Search of England's Lost King by Francis Young. The Suffolk market town Bury St Edmunds is the probable site of the body of Edmund, martyred monarch of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia, who was slain by Vikings in the ninth century.
King of the North Wind: The Life of Henry II in Five Acts by Claudia Gold. Written as historical tragedy, this book tells how the most talented of kings came into conflict with those closest to him, to become the most haunted. (Nonfiction.)
Edward II, the Man: A Doomed Inheritance by Stephen Spinks. This biography shows the human side of the controversial king, whose belief in his right to rule and thirst for revenge created a 14th-century tragedy.
La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor, a Life in Letters by Sarah Bryson. Mary Tudor's life was overshadowed by her father, Henry VII, and her brother Henry VIII. State papers and letters reveal the truth about this intelligent and passionate woman.
The King's Pearl: Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary by Melita Thomas. Examines future queen Mary I's complex relationship with her father.
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.
Raising Heirs to the Throne in Nineteenth-Century Spain: The Education of the Constitutional Monarch by Richard Meyer Forsting. About Isabel II (1830-1904), Alfonso XII (1857-1885) and Alfonso XIII (1886-1941) during their time as monarchs-in-waiting.
The Courtier and the King: Ruy Gómez de Silva, Philip II, and the Court of Spain by James M. Boyden. Thanks to his oily affability, Ruy Gómez de Silva rose from obscurity to become the favorite and chief minister of the enigmatic Philip II. (New edition; first published in 1995.)
The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman. A work of pop history that traces the use of poison as a political tool in the royal courts of Western Europe.
Before and After Alexander: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great by Richard A. Billows. Explores the years preceding Alexander, who relied on the foundation laid by his father, Philip II; and the years following Alexander's death, when many capable leaders carved out kingdoms for themselves.
Living With Grace: Life Lessons From America's Princess by Mary Mallory. Seldom-seen photos are complemented by inspiring quotes from and about actress Grace Kelly (later Princess Grace of Monaco).
Cleopatra's Daughter and Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era by Duane W. Roller. Topics include Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra VII; Pythodoris of Pontos, who ruled northern Asia Minor for 40 years; and Salome of Judaea, sister of Herod the Great.
The Siege of Acre, 1189-1191 by John D. Hosler. Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, and the battle that decided the Third Crusade.
Royal Women and Dynastic Loyalty edited by Caroline Dunn and Elizabeth Carney. From ancient to early modern times in Egypt, Great Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Asia Minor, these essays trace royal women as agents of influence.
The King's Witch by Tracy Borman. When her ambitious uncle forcibly brings healer Frances Gorges to the court of puritanical English king James I, she is trapped in a world of intrigue and betrayal.
The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland. Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is at boarding school. Her mother has married Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to become the most powerful man in France. Hortense's future may not be in her power to decide. For young adult readers.
The Prince of Mirrors by Alan Robert Clark. Prince Albert Victor, grandson of Queen Victoria, is regarded as disastrously inadequate. His tutor, Jem Stephen, is a golden boy worshipped by all. Their relationship will change both of their lives.
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