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Published in March 2017
Cnut the Great by Timothy Bolton. Biography of the 11th-century Scandinavian warlord who united the English and Danish crowns to forge a North Sea empire.
Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World edited by Joanna Marschner, David Bindman, and Lisa L. Ford. An illustrated book about three German princesses who married into the British royal family: Caroline of Ansbach (wife of George II), Augusta of Saxe-Gotha (mother of George III), and Charlotte of Mecklenberg-Strelitz (wife of George III).
The Last Pagan Emperor: Julian the Apostate & the War Against Christianity by H. C. Teitler. Born in 331 or 332, Julian was raised as a Christian, but during his short reign as Roman emperor he tried to revive paganism.
Isabella of Castile: Europe's First Great Queen by Giles Tremlett. The life of the controversial Spanish queen who led her country out of the Middle Ages.
Julius Caesar's Disease: A New Diagnosis by Francesco M. Galassi and Hutan Ashrafian. It is generally accepted that Julius Caesar suffered from epilepsy. But does the evidence really fit with this diagnosis? And if it was not epilepsy that afflicted Caesar, then what was it?
Napoleon and Persia: Franco-Persian Relations Under the First Empire by Iradj Amini. Examines Napoleon's interest in India, the British and French missions to Persia (now called Iran), Russia's hostility to Persia, and the rise of British influence in Persia.
In the Words of Napoleon: The Emperor Day by Day edited by R.M. Johnston. Derived from Napoleon's writings and recorded speech, this compilation acts as a diary or journal of the emperor's life.
Emperor of the Five Rivers: The Life of Maharaja Ranjit Singh by Mohamed Sheikh. Biography of the first maharaja of the Sikh Empire, who united factions and built a nation.
Crisis and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire: The Downfall of a Sultan in the Age of Revolution by Aysel Yildiz. In 1807 the reformist Sultan Selim III was overthrown in a palace coup. This book seeks to situate Turkey's reactionary revolutions of 1807 into a wider European context.
The Confessions of Young Nero by Margaret George. The story of a boy's ruthless ascension to the throne, detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler.
The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie. Jeanne Becu, a woman of humble birth, bursts into the life of aging French king Louis XV and, as the Comtesse du Barry, becomes his official mistress. This is the third book in a trilogy about Louis XV and his mistresses; the first two books are The Sisters of Versailles and The Rivals of Versailles.
Maid of the King's Court by Lucy Worsley. As a maid of honor to Anne of Cleves, Eliza Camperdowne is drawn into the dizzying, dangerous orbit of Henry VIII. (Young adult fiction.)
Published in February 2017
Henry VI: A Good, Simple and Innocent Man by James Ross. Succeeding to the throne at the age of only nine months, Henry VI inherited a war with France and, in time, found himself at war with his own nobles.
Royal Ceremony, Celebration, and Print in Later Stuart England, 1660-1714 by Benjamin F. Klein. This study examines a broad range of ceremonies and celebrations, including coronations, royal entries into cities, progresses, executions, touching for scrofula, religious events, and military displays.
Royal Sisters: Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret by Anne Edwards. How the royal sisters felt toward each other, their parents, and the men they loved. First published in 1990; this is a new paperback edition.
Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society by Penelope Nash. The careers of the Ottonian queen and empress Adelheid (931-999) and Countess Matilda of Tuscany (1046-1115) reveal a growth of opportunities for women to access wealth and power.
Between Two Emperors edited by John Van der Kiste. Between 1894 and 1914, German emperor William II and his cousin Tsar Nicholas II of Russia exchanged a series of telegrams and letters. These are now published for the first time in one volume.
From Marie-Antoinette's Garden: An Eighteenth-Century Horticultural Album by Élisabeth De Feydeau. A tour of Marie-Antoinette's lavishly constructed gardens at Versailles, accompanied by 18th-century illustrations.
Royal Favouritism and the Governing Elite of the Spanish Monarchy, 1640-1665 by Alistair Malcolm. A study of the later years of the reign of Philip IV from the perspective of his favourite (valido), don Luis Mendez de Haro, and other ministers.
Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy by A. Edward Siecienski. Papers examining the sincerity of the Roman emperor's Christian commitment and whether it was a means to a political end.
Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Imperial Bodyguard by Guy de la Bédoyère. An account of the select band of soldiers who wielded the power to make or destroy the emperors they served.
Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen by Linda M. Heywood. The first full-length study in English of the multifaceted 17th century queen who waged wars against Portuguese colonizers and their African allies.
The Ruler's Guide: China's Greatest Emperor and His Timeless Secrets of Success by Chinghua Tang. Presents conversations between Chinese emperor Tang Taizong (598-649 AD) and his advisers on how to compete with rivals, how to grow power without losing others' respect, and how to craft one's legacy.
King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict by Eric B. Schultz and Michael J. Tougias. Metacomet, also known as King Philip, was a Wampanoag chief who went to war with English colonists in the 1670s. This book offers a reconstruction of events, first-person accounts, period illustrations, and maps.
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