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Published in January 2020
British Royal History
The Two Eleanors of Henry III: The Lives of Eleanor of Provence and Eleanor de Montfort by Darren Baker. Tells the story of the English king's wife and sister, whose close but doomed relationship reflected the turbulence of their times.
The House of Grey: Friends & Foes of Kings by Melita Thomas. The Greys were interwoven with medieval and Tudor royalty by marriage.
Kings, Lords and Courts in Anglo-Norman England by Nicholas Karn. How the changing pattern of assemblies and courts helped to redefine lordship, peasant status, and royal authority.
The Legitimacy of Bastards: The Place of Illegitimate Children in Later Medieval England by Helen Matthews. For the nobility and gentry, illegitimacy could be less of a stigma in late medieval England than it became later. This book examines bastards' social status, career opportunities, inheritance, and more. New paperback edition.
The Emperor Who Never Was: Dara Shukoh in Mughal India by Supriya Gandhi. Biography of the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jahan, whose death at the hands of his brother changed the course of South Asian history.
Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe by Stephen H. Whiteman. In 1702, the second Qing emperor ordered construction of a summer palace. Here he presided over garden tours, banquets, entertainments, and gift giving.
The Age of Emperor Akihito: Historical Controversies Over the Past and the Future edited by Takeshi Suzuki. An investigation of the role of Japan's emperor as a national symbol.
Royal Capitalism: Wealth, Class, and Monarchy in Thailand by Puangchon Unchanam. During Rama IX's reign (1946-2016), the Thai monarchy rebranded itself by embracing hard work, frugality, and self-sufficiency.
Sophia, Mother of Kings: The Finest Queen Britain Never Had by Catherine Curzon. Daughter of Frederick V of the Palatinate and Elizabeth Stuart, Sophia married Ernest Augustus, elector of Hanover. She became heir to the British thrones, and was the mother of King George I.
Crossing the Rubicon: Caesar's Decision and the Fate of Rome by Luca Fezzi. Account of the fateful year leading to the ultimate crisis of the Roman Republic and the rise of Caesar's autocracy.
The Album of the World Emperor: Cross-Cultural Collecting and the Art of Album-Making in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul by Emine Fetvaci. This illustrated book examines an album of paintings, drawings, calligraphy, and European prints compiled for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I.
King Abdul Aziz: Political Correspondence, 1904-1953 edited by A. Burdett. Four-volume set of letters to and from the first king of Saudi Arabia. Extremely expensive.
The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black. In this suspense novel, young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are hidden on an estate in Ireland during World War II.
Cleopatra by Christine Platt. How the Egyptian pharaoh became one of the most famous female rulers of all time. For readers ages 4 to 9.
Queen Elizabeth II: Modern Monarch by Matt Doeden. How the longest-reigning British monarch brought the royal family into the 21st century. For readers ages 9 to 14.
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Published in December 2019
The Anarchy: The Darkest Days of Medieval England by Teresa Cole. Charts the conflict that followed King Stephen's seizure of the crown from Henry I's daughter Matilda.
Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies by Hayley Nolan. According to this book, Henry VIII's second wife was not a cold-hearted seductress, and she and the king were never in love.
The Struggle for the Scepter by Clayton Roberts. A study of the British monarchy and Parliament in the 18th century. (New edition.)
The Faith of Queen Elizabeth: The Poise, Grace, and Quiet Strength Behind the Crown by Dudley Delffs. A spiritual biography that examines the Christian faith behind Queen Elizabeth II's public service.
The Lost Library of the King of Portugal by Angela Delaforce. Dom João V founded one of the most magnificent libraries in Europe. It was destroyed in 1755 by earthquake, tidal wave and fires.
The Ruler's House: Contesting Power and Privacy in Julio-Claudian Rome by Harriet Fertik. How the emperor's household and the space he called home shaped Roman conceptions of one-man rule.
Alexander the Great in the Early Christian Tradition: Classical Reception and Patristic Literature by Christian Thrue Djurslev. Early Christian writings on Alexander provide a lens to view the shaping of church literature and thought.
Emperor Qianlong's Hidden Treasures: Reconsidering the Collection of the Qing Imperial Household by Nicole T. C. Chiang. Argues that the famous Qianlong art collection was largely the product of many specialists at the court.
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