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Published in May 2018
Modern British Royalty
Elizabeth: The Queen and The Crown by Sarah Gristwood. A biography of Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry: A Biography of a Prince by Angela Levin. The author is a veteran journalist on royal affairs who accompanied the prince on his royal duties for a year.
Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in Their Own Words by Phil Dampier. A collection of quotes from the couple.
Kate: How to Dress Like a Style Icon by Caroline Jones. Features 50 top outfits and reveals the Duchess's style secrets, favorite designers and shops, and beauty and grooming tricks.
British Royal History
King Stephen and The Anarchy: Civil War and Military Tactics in Twelfth-Century Britain by Chris Peers. Describes the struggle between Stephen of Blois and the Empress Matilda for the English crown between 1135 and 1154.
The Eleanor Crosses by Decca Warrington. The story of King Edward I's lost queen, Eleanor of Castile, and the elaborate stone crosses the king built around her funeral cortege's route.
The Black Prince: England's Greatest Medieval Warrior by Michael Jones. The military achievements of Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, captured the imagination of Europe.
Richard II: A True King's Fall by Kathryn Warner. Biography of a complex and conflicted man who was thrust into a role that demanded greatness.
My Kingdom for a Horse: The War of the Roses by Ed West. "Written in the spirit of a black comedy," this is an introduction to "one of history's most insane wars."
Four Queens and a Countess by Jill Armitage. About the relationships between Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Mary I, Lady Jane Grey, and Bess of Hardwick.
The Greedy Queen: Eating With Victoria by Annie Gray. Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria reigned during a revolution in how people ate. New paperback edition.
Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a Royal Palace by Steven Brindle. Illustrated with paintings, drawings, photographs, and reconstructions of the castle's past appearance.
British Royalty and Religion
The Queen and the Heretic: How Two Women Changed the Religion of England by Derek Wilson. A dual biography of Catherine Parr, last queen of Henry VIII, and Anne Askew, a countrywoman from Lincolnshire. Both wrote about their Protestant beliefs, and only one survived.
The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights, 1829 by Antonia Fraser. George III opposed Catholic Emancipation on the basis of the Coronation Oath; his son, the Prince of Wales, was enamoured with a Catholic, Maria Fitzherbert.
Napoleon: The Imperial Household by Sylvain Cordier. The Imperial Household consisted of the grand chaplain, grand master of ceremonies, grand marshal of the Palace, grand master of the hunt, grand chamberlain, and grand equerry. Featured here are more than 250 works of fine and decorative art.
The Shadow Emperor: A Biography of Napoleon III by Alan Strauss-Schom. Louis-Napoleon's achievements confuse even historians. He revolutionized infrastructure and the economy at the price of financial scandals. This book explores the long-lasting effects of France's most polarizing emperor.
Visitors to Versailles: From Louis XIV to the French Revolution edited by Daniëlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide and Bertrand Rondot. Essays and illustrations explore the experiences of those who flocked to Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy.
Haig's Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany's War on the Western Front by Jonathan Boff. During the First World War, the British army's most consistent German opponent was Bavaria's crown prince. But Rupprecht lost not only the war, but his son and his throne.
Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard by Guy de la Bédoyère. Founded by Augustus around 27 B.C., the elite Praetorian Guard became powerful political players. Fiercely loyal to some emperors, they toppled those who displeased them.
King Tut: The Journey Through the Underworld by Taschen, photos by Sandro Vannini. Boy king Tutankhamun's voyage into paradise as told by ancient Egyptian treasures.
The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia From Ghana edited by Roslyn A. Walker. The Asante Kingdom, founded around 1701, was renowned for gold. This book focuses on adornments and implements used by Asante royals from the 18th century to the present day.
The Sultans: The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Rulers and Their World, a 600-Year History by Jem Duducu. The epic story of a dynasty that started as a small group of cavalry mercenaries and became absolute rulers of a great empire.
Medieval Narratives of Alexander the Great: Transnational Texts in England and France by Venetia Bridges. This study considers Alexander narratives in Latin, French and English between 1150 and 1350.
Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. Jane longs to be a nun. But her family has other plans. Urged to return King Henry VIII's affection, she is drawn into a dangerous political game.
My Name Is Victoria by Lucy Worsley. For young adult readers. The story of future queen Victoria's unhappy early years as seen through the eyes of her childhood companion, Victoire Conroy.
Published in April 2018
Modern British Royalty
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 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.
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