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Published in October 2018
Modern British Royalty
Modern Monarchy: The British Royal Family Today by Chris Jackson. Royal photographer Chris Jackson reveals the magic and logistics of documenting the royal family. Photos are organized by theme, from state occasions (including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) to charity works and a typical year in the Royal Diary.
Elizabeth Revealed: 500 Facts About the Queen and Her World by Lucinda Hawksley. This illustrated book highlights surprising aspects of Queen Elizabeth II's life, the good and the bad years.
British Royal History
The Mystery of King John's Treasure by Shirley Charters. In 1216, King John lost England's crown jewels, his gem collection, and sackfuls of silver coins. What happened?
Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Unwanted Wife by Sarah-Beth Watkins. Biography of Henry VIII's fourth wife. After just six months their marriage was annulled, leaving Anne one of the wealthiest women in England.
Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch. This biography of the genius who masterminded Henry VIII's bloody revolution in the English government reveals at last Cromwell's role in the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
Empress: Queen Victoria and India by Miles Taylor. Shows how India was central to the Victorian monarchy from as early as 1837.
Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household by Adrian Tinniswood. An upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Dominion: The History of England From the Battle of Waterloo to Victoria's Diamond Jubilee by Peter Ackroyd. Takes readers from the accession of the profligate George IV to 'Sailor King' William IV to the enormous innovation of Queen Victoria's reign. This is the fifth book in Ackroyd's History of England series; for the other books, click here.
Arthur and the Kings of Britain: The Historical Truth Behind the Myths by Miles Russell. According to the author, King Arthur was a composite character created by 12th century writer Geoffrey of Monmouth from elements that can be traced back to the first century BC. New paperback edition.
Catherine the Great: Selected Letters translated by Andrew Kahn and Kelsey Rubin-Detlev. Combining her wit, charm, and quick eye for detail, Russian empress Catherine the Great's letters tell the story of a self-made woman.
To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal in Europe, 1917-1919 by Coryne Hall. Considers the end of Russia's Romanov dynasty, and the guilt of the royal families in Europe over their bloody end.
Napoleon: A Life by Adam Zamoyski. Born into a poor family, Napoleon was by 26 a general and Emperor of the French at 35. This biography explains him against the background of the European Enlightenment.
Napoleon: A Very Short Introduction by David A. Bell. Dispelling myths, the author provides a concise and lively portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte's character and career.
The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba from Exile to Escape by Mark Braude. A narrative history of Napoleon Bonaparte's strange exile and improbable escape.
Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia: The Philosopher Princess by Renée Jeffrey. Biography of one of the great intellectuals of 18th century Europe. A grief-stricken woman whose life was marked by poverty, she fought for her family's rights.
Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Political Agency, Myth-Making, and Patronage edited by Valerie Schutte and Estelle Paranque. Examines misunderstood or forgotten queens dowager and queens consort from 1016 to 1800.
Gardens of the Alhambra by Maria del Mar Villafranca-Jiménez. A comprehensive book illustrated with photos, plans, and previously unpublished archive material.
Roman & Byzantine Emperors
Kill Caesar! Assassination in the Early Roman Empire by Rose Mary Sheldon. Three-quarters of Rome's leaders were assassinated, and the biggest threat came from those closest to the emperor.
Julius Caesar's Battle for Gaul: New Archaeological Perspectives edited by Andrew P. Fitzpatrick and Colin Haselgrove. Examines the consequences of the conquest of Gaul on the Iron Age communities of north-west Europe.
The Specter of the Jews: Emperor Julian and the Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Syrian Antioch by Ari Finkelstein. Examines 4th century Roman emperor Julian's views on Jews, whose religious practices would help shape a new imperial pagan identity.
Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Christian Identity: Writings of an Unexpected Emperor by Meredith L. D. Riedel. The Byzantine emperor Leo VI (886-912) was a scholar, and his religious education made him an unusual ruler.
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney. Explores the lives of six female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra.
Haile Selassie: His Rise, His Fall by Haggai Erlich. Tells the multifaceted, sometimes tragic, of the emperor and modern Ethiopia.
African Kings and Black Slaves: Sovereignty and Dispossession in the Early Modern Atlantic by Herman L. Bennett. As early as 1441, Portuguese and Spanish traders conducted business with African kingdoms.
Women and the Making of the Mongol Empire by Anne F. Broadbridge. Examines women such as Genghis Khan's mother, senior wife, daughters, and conquered wives.
The Architecture of a Deccan Sultanate: Courtly Practice and Royal Authority in Late Medieval India by Pushkar Sohoni. The first analysis of the architecture of the Nizam Shah dynasty of India's Ahmadnagar kingdom.
The Templars: The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of a Military Religious Order edited by Jochen Burgtorf, Shlomo Lotan, and Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda. Case studies explore the order's rise to prominence, its fall, and its legacy.
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree: Queen Charlotte's Gift to England by Nancy Churnin. How Britain's Queen Charlotte brought the first known Christmas tree to England. For ages 5 to 7.
Published in September 2018
My Dearest, Dearest Albert by Karen Dolby. Queen Victoria's life through her letters and journals.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits by National Portrait Gallery. Portraits of British royalty spanning 500 years of painting and photography.
Buckingham Palace: The Interiors by Ashley Hicks. Photographs and description of the interior design of Buckingham Palace and its important representation of Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian styles.
Buckingham Palace: Official Souvenir by Pamela Hartshorne. An illustrated guide to the palace and its role as symbol, royal residence, and home to an exceptional art collection.
Tudors and Stuarts
Anne Seymour: Lady in Waiting to Henry VIII's Six Wives by Susan Higginbotham. Catherine Parr called her "that hell," while Queen Mary I called her "my good Nann." Her brother-in-law, brother, and husband died on the scaffold, yet Anne died elderly and wealthy -- and in her bed.
The Duke of Monmouth: Life and Rebellion by Laura Brennan. Biography. He was the illegitimate son of a king, charming, handsome and well loved. What would turn the darling of the Restoration court into a rebel?
Maria Lekapene, Empress of the Bulgarians: Neither a Saint Nor a Malefactress by Miroslaw J. Leszka and Zofia A. Brzozowska. A biography of Irene Lekapene, wife of Tsar Peter I of Bulgaria (927-969).
The Winter Palace and the People: Staging and Consuming Russia's Monarchy, 1754-1917 by Susan P. McCaffrey. The story of the palace, monarchs and their capital city during the final years of Russian monarchy.
Emperors and Usurpers in the Later Roman Empire: Civil War, Panegyric, and the Construction of Legitimacy by Adrastos Omissi. How successive imperial dynasties attempted to legitimate themselves and communicate with their subjects.
Princess: Stepping Out of the Shadows by Jean Sasson. This entry in Jean Sasson's Princess series looks at how women still suffer horrific abuse in Saudi Arabia, and shares updates on the Princess's family.
Ptolemy I Soter: A Self-Made Man edited by Timothy Howe. Founder of the longest-lasting Hellenistic kingdom, Ptolemy I was an able soldier and ruler, and also an historian.
Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912 edited by Daisy Yiyou Wang and Jan Stuart. This book features essays and over 100 works of art from the Palace Museum in Beijing.
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