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Published in March 2019
Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest by Sharon Bennett Connolly. Traces the fortunes of Edith Swan-neck, Matilda of Flanders, Emma of Normandy, and others.
The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcée Who Became the Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak. According to this biography, Wallis was the victim of the abdication, a scapegoat for those who wished to dethrone Edward VIII.
The Image of Elizabeth I in Early Modern Spain edited by Eduardo Olid Guerrero and Esther Fernández. The Tudor monarch became both the primary figure in English propaganda efforts against Spain and a central part of the Spanish political agenda.
Wardrobe Wisdom From a Royal Lady's Maid: How to Dress and Take Care of Your Clothes by Alicia Healey. The author spent four years working in Buckingham Palace.
Louis XIV: The Power and the Glory by Josephine Wilkinson. Biography. The Sun King's story includes beguiling women, court intrigue, a mistress immersed in the dark arts, and a romantic central character with a frighteningly dark side.
The Secret War Against Napoleon: Britain's Assassination Plot on the French Emperor by Tim Clayton. How the British government used bribery and coercion in an effort to kill Napoleon Bonaparte.
Roman & Byzantine Empires
Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors From Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss. Examines the legacy of Rome through the lives of Augustus, Tiberius, Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius, Septimius Severus, Diocletian, and Constantine.
Nero: Emperor and Court by John F. Drinkwater. Explores court politics, the Fire of 64, Nero's Golden House, and the huge underlying strength of the Julio-Claudian empire.
The Emperor in the Byzantine World: Papers From the Forty-Seventh Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies edited by Shaun Tougher. Themes include dynasty and imperial families, the imperial court, imperial duties, and the emperor as author.
Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States Since FDR by Bruce Riedel. Since 1943, U.S. presidents have had direct relationships with Saudi kings. This book is based on declassified documents, memoirs, and eyewitness accounts.
The Shapeshifting Crown: Locating the State in Postcolonial New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK edited by Cris Shore and David V. Williams. Who or what is the Crown and how is it embodied? Is it the monarch, the state, a relic of feudal England, or a mask for executive power?
Published in February 2019
Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him by Tracy Borman. About the men who surrounded and interacted with King Henry VIII as companions and confidants, servants and ministers, and rivals.
Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England by Kate Hubbard. Draws on 230 of wealthy, powerful Bess's letters, including correspondence with Elizabeth I, missives between Bess's husbands and children, and notes sharing court gossip.
The Bulgarian State in 927-969: The Epoch of Tsar Peter I edited by Miroslaw J. Leszka and Kiril Marinow. A comprehensive and balanced image of the reign of Peter I and the role he played in the history of medieval Bulgaria.
Catherine & Diderot: The Empress, the Philosopher, and the Fate of the Enlightenment by Robert Zaretsky. A dual biography crafted around the famous encounter between the French philosopher Denis Diderot, who wrote about power, and the Russian empress Catherine II (Catherine the Great), who wielded it.
Carolina of Orange-Nassau: Ancestress of the Royal Houses of Europe by Moniek Bloks. Carolina (1743-1787) was the daughter of William IV, Prince of Orange, stadtholder of the Netherlands. She acted as regent for her minor brother, William V.
Ancient Dynasties: The Families That Ruled the Classical World, Circa 1000 BC to AD 750 by John D. Grainger. A study of the ruling families of the ancient world known to the Greeks and Romans. Includes genealogical tables.
Roman Emperor Zeno: The Perils of Power Politics in Fifth-Century Constantinople by Peter Crawford. The life and career of the fifth-century emperor whose reign was littered with conflict.
Rani Laxmibai: Warrior-Queen of Jhansi by Pratibha Ranade. The British annexed Indian queen Lakshmibai's kingdom and humiliated her, but she fought valiantly and died a hero.
Serving Byzantium's Emperors: The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates by Dimitris Krallis. A microhistory of 11th-century Byzantium built around the biography of a state official whose life raise questions of identity, governance, elite culture, Romanness, Hellenism, science and skepticism.
Alexander the Great in the Roman Empire, 150 BC to AD 600 by Jaakkojuhani Peltonen. How stories of Alexander were used in antiquity to promote certain policies, religious views, and value systems.
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