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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.
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.
Published in January 2017
Victoria: The Heart and Mind of a Young Queen by Helen Rappaport. This book follows the early years of the young queen's reign, based closely on her own letters and journals. (Official companion book to the 2016 TV series starring Jenna Coleman as Victoria.)
Mary I: The Daughter of Time by John Edwards. A short biography of the English queen whose reputation was buried under a great mass of propaganda during the reign of her younger sister, Elizabeth I.
Battle Royal: The Wars of the Roses, 1440-1462 by Hugh Bicheno. The first volume of a two-part history of the dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York. Includes 16 pages of illustrations and maps.
The First Prince of Wales? Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, 1063-75 by Sean Davies. Bleddyn ap Cynfyn ruled Gwynedd and Powys, and tried to recreate the kingdom of Wales.
Royal Wills in Britain From 1509 to 2008 by Michael L. Nash. This period covers the wills of Henry VIII, Edward VI and George I, which all sought to divert the rules of succession; other wills which brought into focus the differences between state and personal property; and recent wills which were sealed from public view.
Queen Elizabeth II's Britain by Jacqui Bailey. An illustrated celebration of British history under the longest-reigning monarch.
Blanche of Castile: Queen of France by Lindy Grant. The first modern scholarly biography of the mother of the saintly Louis IX.
Napoleon: Soldier of Destiny by Michael Broers. The first volume of a two-part biography that makes full use of Napoleon Bonaparte's newly released personal correspondence.
Royal Bastards: The Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230 by Sara McDougall. Well into the late 12th century, ideas of what made a child a legitimate heir depended upon the social status and lineage of both parents, not their marital status. Includes genealogical charts of the House of Jerusalem and Iberian royal houses.
Frederick, Conrad and Manfred of Hohenstaufen, Kings of Sicily: The Chronicle of Nicholas of Jamsilla 1210-1258, translation and commentary by Louis Mendola. The first English translation of a chronicle written in Latin during the 13th century at the traveling court of Manfred von Hohenstaufen, King of Sicily.
Alexander the Great
In Search of the Lost Testament of Alexander the Great by David Grant. The five surviving accounts of Alexander the Great's death are often contradictory. This book delves into the forgeries and biased historians, Alexander's own mercurial personality, and the careers and the wars of his successors.
The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire by Pierre Briant, translated by Nicholas Elliott. In the minds of 18th-century intellectuals, Alexander was a civilizing force whose conquests revitalized Asian lands that had lain stagnant under despotic rulers.
The Emperor of Law: The Emergence of Roman Imperial Adjudication by Kaius Tuori. How the emperor of Rome came to assume the mantle of a judge, from Augustus to the days leading up to the Severan dynasty.
The Emperor and the Army in the Later Roman Empire, AD 235-395 by Mark Hebblewhite. Each emperor employed a range of strategies to convince the army that the empire could only prosper under his rule.
Norman Kings of Sicily and the Rise of the Anti-Islamic Critique: Baptized Sultans by Joshua C. Birk. How and why the Norman rulers of 11th and 12th century Sicily, who were Christians, came to depend on their Muslim subjects to project and enforce their power.
Kingship and Memory in Ancient Judah by Ian D. Wilson. How postmonarchic society in ancient Judah remembered and imagined its monarchy, and kingship in general.
Dining at the Safavid Court: 16th Century Royal Persian Recipes by M. R. Ghanoonparvar. This is the translation of a culinary treatise prepared for Shah Abbas I, along with modernized recipes.
On Kings by David Graeber & Marshall Sahlins. This collection of essays by two anthropologists explores what kingship actually is, historically and anthropologically.
First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson. Jasper Tudor, loyal half-brother to England's King Henry VI, must draw on all his guile and courage to preserve the throne.
Two Empresses by Brandy Purdy. The story of two beautiful cousins from the island paradise of Martinique. One becomes empress of France, and the other finds herself in the sultan of Turkey's harem.
Lost Kings and Kingdoms by Robyn Hardyman. Offers insights into familiar legends such as Camelot, as well as history of lost kingdoms of Africa, Asia, and the early Americas. For children ages 9 to 12.
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