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The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 2 by Robert Lacey. Companion to the second and third seasons of the Emmy-winning Netflix drama about Queen Elizabeth II, featuring historical background, expert commentary, and images. (Volume 1 is also available.) Published in November 2019.

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Published in December 2019

British Royalty

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.


A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution by Jeremy Popkin. Account of the revolution that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and establishment of a new society.

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.

Published in November 2019

British Royal History

Richard III: A Failed King? by Rosemary Horrox. From the Penguin Monarchs series of short biographies of England's rulers.

Richard III: The Self-Made King by Michael Hicks. Biography of the wily and formidable prince who became the most infamous king in British history. (Appears to be an updated version of the author's previous book on Richard III.)

Uncrowned Queen: The Treacherous Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Rebel by Nicola Tallis. Biography of Henry VII's mother, an extraordinarily ambitious woman who risked everything to found the Tudor dynasty.

Modern British Royalty

King Charles: The Man, the Monarch, and the Future of Britain by Robert Jobson. This biography explores the Prince of Wales's complex character and profoundly held beliefs. (Also published as Charles: Our Future King and Charles At Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams.)

The Wicked Wit of the Royal Family by Karen Dolby. About the British royal family's sense of humor, from Prince Philip's gaffe-prone remarks to the "in" jokes of the younger royals.


Making Peace in an Age of War: Emperor Ferdinand III (1608-1657) by Mark Hengerer. Biography of the Holy Roman emperor, based on weekly reports sent by the papal nuncio's office to the Vatican.

Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet at Versailles: A Private Royal Retreat by Jacques Moulin and Yves Carlier, photos by Francis Hammond. Brings readers behind the scenes, including areas usually closed to the public.

Napoléon Bonaparte: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works by Joshua Meeks. Covers all aspects of Napoleon's life and work. Includes chronology, A to Z section, and bibliography.

A History of the European Restorations: Governments, States and Monarchy edited by Michael Broers and Ambrogio A. Caiani. Essays about the process of reconstructing order in post-Napoleonic Europe.


Rameses III, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife by Aidan Dodson. Richly illustrated look at the life of the "last great pharaoh."

The Prince & I: My Life with Prince Bira of Siam by Princess Ceril Birabongse. Autobiography of the Englishwoman who married a prince who was also a sculptor, Olympic sailor, and Formula One race car driver. (Reprint edition.)

A History of Jordan by Philip Robins. Account of a country whose fortunes are closely identified with its heads of state, from the early 1920s to the reign of King Abdullah II. (Second edition.)


The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel by Georgie Blalock. Fictional account of young Princess Margaret's outrageous lifestyle as seen through the eyes of a lady-in-waiting.

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