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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal. In 1611, 34-year-old Nur Jahan became the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir of India's Mughal Empire. She governed in his stead and led troops into battle. Published in July 2018.

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Published in August 2018


The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred's Britain, 789-955 by Max Adams. A history of Britain in the unruly era between the first Scandinavian raids and the final expulsion of the Vikings from York.

Queen Boudica and Historical Culture in Britain: An Image of Truth by Martha Vandrei. Explores warrior queen Boudica's presence in British discourse to demonstrate the persistence of historical ideas.

The Queen & Her Family by Halima Sadat. A short guide to the life and family of Elizabeth II.

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled. This experimental biography combines interviews, parodies, dreams, essays, and more. (Also published under the title Ma'am Darling.)


Napoleon's Australia by Terry Smyth. The conquest of Australia was on Bonaparte's agenda for world domination. (Currently available on Amazon in Kindle e-book edition only.)


Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule by Norman A. Kutcher. How eunuchs flourished despite restrictions imposed upon them by Qing emperors.


Julius Caesar: A Life by Patricia Southern. This biography goes behind the legend to judge Caesar in his own historical context.

The Roman Imperial Mausoleum in Late Antiquity by Mark J. Johnson. Examines the symbolism and function of later Roman mausolea that served as temples and shrines to the divinized emperors.

Scandinavia (Crown Series)

Christian IV: Denmark's Great Renaissance King by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian became king in 1588, at the age of 11, and reigned until 1648. He was considered a hero and martyr by generations that followed him.

Frederik III: The King Who Seized Absolute Power by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik III reigned from 1648 to 1670 and introduced absolute monarchy in Denmark-Norway.

Christian V: The First Heir to the Throne by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian V reigned from 1670 until 1699. He made an unsuccessful attempt to reconquer territories that had been lost during his father's reign.

Frederik IV: King on His Own Terms by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik IV reigned in a headstrong fashion from 1699 until 1730. He abducted his beloved Anna Sophie Reventlow, whom he later made his queen.

Christian VIII: King First of Norway and Then of Denmark by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian VIII ruled Denmark from 1839 to 1848 as the country's last absolute monarch; in 1814 he was also briefly Norway's first constitutional king.

Frederik VII: The Giver of the Constitution by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik VII reigned from 1848 until 1863. He was an odd individual with a rather unstable temperament, and in many ways he a black sheep within the royal family.

Christian IX and Queen Louise: Europe's Parents-in-Law by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian IX and Queen Louise were the first couple of the Glücksburg line on the Danish throne. They ascended the throne in 1863. Today there are not many European royals who are not their descendants.

Frederik VIII and Queen Lovisa: The Overlooked Royal Couple by Birgitte Louise Peiter Rosenhegn, translated by Peter Sean Woltemade. Frederik VIII reigned from 1906 until 1912. He and his wife, Louise, a Swedish princess, had a strained relationship with other Danish royals.

Christian X and Queen Alexandrine: Royal Couple Through the World Wars by Jens Gunni Busck, translated by Christopher Sand-Iversen. Christian X reigned during a period in which the world and the monarchy greatly changed.

Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid: The Modern Royal Couple by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid were the Danish royal couple from 1947 until 1972. Together they modernized the Danish monarchy.

Power, Splendour, and Diamonds: Denmark's Regalia and Crown Jewels by Peter Kristiansen. The foremost symbols of the Kingdom of Denmark -- the crown, the sceptre, and the orb -- have been kept at Rosenborg Castle since the 1680s.

Amalienborg and Frederiksstaden: The Palace and the Royal Quarter by Jens Gunni Busck. Tells the story of Amalienborg and Frederiksstaden and its royal residents over the centuries.

Children's Books

Princess Diana by Tim Cooke. This biography includes full-color photographs and fun fact boxes offering bite-sized information. For children ages 8 to 11.

Prince Harry & Meghan: Royals for a New Era by Jill Sherman. Nonfiction for children between the ages of 9 and 12.

Meghan Markle by Golriz Golkar. Read about the Duchess of Sussex's acting career, her human rights work, and her path to becoming royalty. For children ages 10 to 12.

Howard and the Mummy: Howard Carter and the Search for King Tut's Tomb by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. A picture book biography of Howard Carter, the discoverer of King Tut's tomb.

Published in July 2018


Making England, 796-1042 by Richard Huscroft. Examines how and why the kingdom of England formed, and charts the growth of royal power.

King of the North Wind: The Life of Henry II in Five Acts by Claudia Gold. Written as historical tragedy, this book tells how the most talented of kings came into conflict with those closest to him, to become the most haunted. (Nonfiction.)

Richard the Lionheart: The Crusader King of England by W. B. Bartlett. This biography portrays Richard I as a remarkable man badly let down by those around him.

Cecily Neville: Mother of Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill. Cecily Neville was a key political player in 15th-century England. Her story is full of controversy. This book seeks to dispel the myths.

The Survival of the Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery and Myth by Matthew Lewis. Delves into the princes' disappearance, examining the suspects' motives and opportunities afresh, and asks a crucial question: What if there was no murder?

Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower by Susan Higginbotham. A niece of King Edward IV, Margaret was a member of Henry VIII's court until religious upheaval caused her family to fall from grace.

United Kingdom

Catherine: Duchess of Cambridge by Halima Sadat and Gill Knappett. This illustrated souvenir follows Kate Middleton's life from her happy childhood to her wedding and the births of her first two children.

The King's Assassin: The Secret Plot to Murder King James I by Benjamin Woolley. An account of the conspiracy to kill James I by his handsome lover, George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham.

George V: A King at War by Alexandra Churchill. Researched with unique access to George V's private diaries and letters.

Representing Royalty by Julia Kinzler. How power is represented in modern films about British monarchs, including The Queen and The King's Speech.


The Black Prince and the Capture of a King: Poitiers 1356 by Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel. The capture of King Jean brought France to the brink of defeat. This book offers a day-by-day description of the campaign of July-September 1356 and a detailed description of the Battle of Poitiers itself.

Louis XIV: The Real Sun King by Aurora von Goeth and Jules Harper. Gives a personal glimpse into the Sun King's life and times as he rose in power and influence. Illustrated with little-known artworks.


Caligula: An Unexpected General by Lee Fratantuono. This military history offers a new appraisal of Caligula as a surprisingly competent military strategist.

Sissi's World: The Empress Elisabeth in Memory and Myth edited by Maura E. Hametz and Heidi Schlipphacke. Explores cultural foundations for the endurance of legends about Empress Elisabeth of Austria.


Royals on Tour: Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery. Explores visits by European monarchs and princes to colonies, and by indigenous royals to Europe in the 1800s and early 1900s.

The Palgrave Handbook of Shakespeare's Queens edited by Kavita Mudan Finn and Valerie Schutte. Essays span Shakespeare's career and cover a range of queens, from the furious Margaret of Anjou in the Henry VI plays to the quietly powerful Hermione in "The Winter's Tale."


The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C. W. Gortner. Written from the point of view of the Danish princess who became the mother of Russia's last tsar.

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