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The Queen: The Life and Times of Elizabeth II by Catherine Ryan. A biography of one of the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Published in January 2018.

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Published in February 2018


Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy by Andrew Morton. This biography uses diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records to offer a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson as she transformed from hard-nosed gold digger to charming chatelaine.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Engagement by Halima Sadat. This illustrated souvenir guide celebrates Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle and tells how he fell in love with the American actress.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh by Annie Bullen. A brief, illustrated look at the life of Queen Elizabeth II's husband.

Boudica: Warrior Woman of Roman Britain by Caitlin C. Gillespie. Introduces readers to the life and literary importance of Boudica, who fomented a rebellion against Rome and was later used in ancient texts as a commentator on the failures of Emperor Nero.

Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911 by Charles V. Reed. A study of 19th-century British royal tours and those who participated in them. New paperback edition.

The Stuarts

Charles I: King and Collector by Royal Academy of Arts. King Charles I's art collection contained some 2,000 paintings and sculptures. This book, which accompanies a London exhibition, includes essays and illustrations.

The Prisoner King: Charles I in Captivity by John Matusiak. A re-examination of the crucial period of Charles I's captivity before his trial, when the entire nation stood at a fateful crossroads.

Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars by Linda Porter. A tale of love and endurance, of battles and flight, lonely death and wearisome exile, this is the story of children whose parents could not protect them from the upheaval sweeping England.

The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration by Don Jordan. Throughout the quarter-century Charles II was on the throne, London suffered the plague in 1665 and the Great Fire, but rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.


Dynasty: A True Story by Christina Oxenberg. The author, daughter of a Yugoslavian princess, tells the story of her family, Serbia's Karadjordjevic dynasty.

The Creation of the Zulu Kingdom, 1815-1828: War, Shaka, and the Consolidation of Power by Elizabeth A. Eldredge. This book uses Zulu oral traditions and written sources to provide a narrative and analysis of the events and people of Shaka's era. New paperback edition.

Banished Potentates: Dethroning and Exiling Indigenous Monarchs Under British and French Colonial Rule by Robert Aldrich. Examines what happened to monarchs in Ceylon, India, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Tunisia and Morocco.

Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada by David Johnson. Some Canadians wish to see the monarchy terminated upon the death of Elizabeth II. Is this possible?

Andean Cosmopolitans: Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court by José Carlos de la Puente Luna. After the Spanish victories over the Inca in the 1530s, native Andeans traveled from Peru to the royal court in Spain.


The Throne of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor. Fictional detective Gordianus the Finder investigates conspiracies against the life of dictator Julius Caesar.

Published in January 2018


James I: The Phoenix King by Thomas Cogswell. A biography that presents James as a complex, learned, curious man and a great survivor.

George I: The Lucky King by Tim Blanning. This short biography examines George's career as a German prince and British king. Disagreeable to many, he was also tough, determined, and effective.


Henry III: The Great King England Never Knew It Had by Darren Baker. Henry III is dismissed by scholars as weak and inept, but this biography shows that he was a more than capable ruler.

The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York & Tudor by Amy License. Examines the lives of ten kings and potential kings who died young, changing the course of history.

England in the Age of Chivalry... and Awful Diseases: The Hundred Years' War and Black Death by Ed West. Covers the violent period between 1272 to 1399. Central to this time is King Edward III, whose legacy continues to shape our view of England's history.


Cnut: The North Sea King by Ryan Lavelle. Biography of the Dane who became king of England in the 11th century.

The Emperor and the Peasant: Two Men at the Start of the Great War and the End of the Habsburg Empire by Kenneth Janda. Juxtaposes the experiences of Franz Joseph I, emperor of Austria-Hungary, and Samuel Mozolak, a Slovak laborer.


Royalty's Strangest Tales by Geoff Tibballs. Packed with stories from 2,000 years of history, including secret marriages, royal pickpockets, alleged vampirism, and pigeon-fancying.

Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War by Lisa Brooks. Tells the story of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag (Native American) leader, who participated in the fight against English colonists known as King Philip's War.

For Children and Teens

Bad Princess: True Tales From Behind the Tiara by Kris Waldherr. From the war-torn Dark Ages to Kate Middleton, this book explores true princess stories. For ages 9 to 12.

Genghis Khan: Creating the Mongol Empire by Barbara M. Linde. Biography for ages 12 to 15.

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