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Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome by Stephen Dando-Collins. Chronicles the palace intrigues that led to Caligula becoming emperor, and the horrors of his reign. Published in July 2019.

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Published in August 2019

British Royalty

John: An Evil King? by Nick Vincent. This biography unpicks the character of one of England's most complex and despised kings. Has he been unfairly misunderstood?

Royal Homes and Gardens by Halima Sadat. A short, illustrated look at Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, Sandringham, Balmoral, and others.

The Countess: The Scandalous Life of Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey by Tim Clarke. Through her relationship with the Prince Regent, Frances Villiers enraged the country and threatened the monarchy. (New paperback edition.)

Meghan Markle

Meghan: Royal Duchess and Mother by Halima Sadat. This brief illustrated biography covers the future duchess's early years, Hollywood career, and life as a duchess.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex: Queen of Style by Alison James. An illustrated look at the duchess's fashion choices, from leather skirts to sophisticated ballgowns.


Alexander the Great: His Life and His Mysterious Death by Anthony Everitt. This biography judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his age and considers his contradictions.

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin by Jonathan Phillips. A fresh look at the triumphs, failures, and contradictions of one of the Crusades' most unique figures.

Queens, Eunuchs and Concubines in Islamic History, 661-1257 by Taef El-Azhari. Gender politics and power from Iran and Central Asia to North Africa and Spain.

Dynastic Change: Legitimacy and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy edited by Ana Maria S.A. Rodrigues, Manuela Santos Silva, and Jonathan W. Spangler. How royal families (in places including Morocco, Byzantium, and Western Europe) reacted to dynastic crises such as lack of a male heir.

Photographic Subjects: Monarchy and Visual Culture in Colonial Indonesia by Susie Protschky. This book discusses photography at royal celebrations during 20th century Dutch rule in Indonesia.

The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c.500-1492 by Jonathan Shepard. Includes maps, a glossary, an alternative place-name table, and references to English translations of sources. New paperback edition.


Commodus by Simon Turney. On the brink of disaster, Roman emperor Commodus tries to hold the empire together, but only one woman can hold him together.

Books for Teens

Kate Middleton and Prince William by Angie Timmons. A joint biography for young adult (teen) readers.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry by Simone Payment. Explores the couple's family challenges and charity work. For young adult readers.

Children's Books - British Royalty

William and Kate by Annabel Savery. The British royal couple, their place in British history, and their many duties. Includes photos. For children ages 8 to 11.

Harry and Meghan by Izzy Howell. Learn about the popular couple and their role in the British royal family. For children ages 8 to 11.

Meghan Markle by Rebecca Felix. Describes Markle's early life, her beginnings as an actress, her volunteer and advocacy work, and her marriage to Prince Harry. For children in grades 3 to 6.

Children's Books - World Royalty

Real-Life Kings by Karen Latchana Kenney. Simple, accessible text introduces social studies concepts about the duties of kings. For children ages 4 to 7.

Real-Life Queens by Karen Latchana Kenney. Readers follow real-life queens to learn about their lives and responsibilities. For children ages 4 to 7.

Real-Life Princes by Karen Latchana Kenney. Introduces young readers to princes' lives and responsibilities. For children ages 4 to 7.

Real-Life Princesses by Karen Latchana Kenney. Learn the basics about princesses and their duties. For children ages 4 to 7.

Cool Castles and Palaces book series by Clara Bennington. Illustrated books about Windsor Castle, Versailles, the Forbidden City, and other royal residences. For children ages 6 to 9.

Monarchy by Xina M. Uhl and Katy Schiel. A guide to the political system of monarchy through history, from ancient Egypt to modern times. For children ages 11 to 14.

Published in July 2019

British Royal History

Alexander III by Norman H. Reid. Presiding over an age of relative peace and prosperity, Alexander III represented the zenith of Scottish medieval kingship.

Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King's 'Beloved Sister' by Heather R. Darsie. Looks at Henry VIII's fourth wife as a woman from the Holy Roman Empire, and explores her influence on her step-daughters, Mary and Elizabeth.

William, Duke of Cambridge by Halima Sadat. This brief souvenir biography celebrates the life of Prince William from childhood to fatherhood.

Prince Harry by Katherine White. A short souvenir biography of the playful, kind-hearted prince.

Britain and Japan

British Royal and Imperial Relations, 1868-2018: 150 Years of Association, Engagement and Celebration by Peter Kornicki, Antony Best, and Hugh Cortazzi. The history of relations between the British and Japanese monarchies over 150 years.


Charles XII: Warrior King by John Hattendorf. Scholars from 12 different countries create a broad perspective on Sweden's King Charles XII and the Great Northern War in European history.

Killing Napoleon: The Plot to Blow Up Bonaparte by Jonathan North. Paris, 1800. An enormous explosion wreaked havoc. The target was Napoleon Bonaparte, who had become the enemy of republicans and royalists alike.


Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel of Grace Kelly's Royal Wedding by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. Princess Grace befriends a perfumer and starts a chain of events that stretches across 30 years.

For Young Readers

The British Monarchy: The Changing Role of the Royal Family by Nicole Horning. Includes sidebars, quotations, maps, and full-color photographs. For readers ages 12 to 15.

Princess Diana by Al Berenger. A colorfully illustrated, pocket-size picture book biography for children ages 4 to 7.

Published in June 2019

British Royal History

Edward the Elder: King of the Anglo-Saxons, Forgotten Son of Alfred by Michael John Key. Although largely overlooked, this 10th century king paved the way for unification of English kingdoms.

Richard III: Loyalty Binds Me by Matthew Lewis. This biography explores what is known of Richard's childhood and the impact it had on his personality.

An Audience With Queen Victoria: The Royal Opinion on 30 Famous Victorians by Ian Lloyd. Queen Victoria met everyone from Charlotte Bronte to Buffalo Bill. She had opinions on all who graced her parlor -- and some who didn't.

Arthur: Warrior and King by Don Carleton. According to the author, Arthur was probably an Irish warrior, and Guinevere was his mistress, not his wife.


Emperor: A New Life of Charles V by Geoffrey Parker. This biography explores the decisions that created and preserved Charles's vast empire, and scrutinizes the intimate details of his life for clues to his character.

Queens of Sicily, 1061-1266 by Jacqueline Alio. Biographies of 18 queens consort, regent and regnant of the Norman-Swabian era of the Kingdom of Sicily.

Coloman, King of Galicia and Duke of Slavonia (1208-1241): Medieval Central Europe and Hungarian Power by Márta Font and Gábor Barabás. Coloman ruled over territories that comprise modern-day Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, and Bosnia.

Alfonso X of Castile-León: Royal Patronage, Self-Promotion and Manuscripts in Thirteenth-Century Spain by Kristin Kennedy. Argues that Alfonso preferred to restrict the literary works he commissioned to a courtly audience.

Ancient History

Eurydice and the Birth of Macedonian Power by Elizabeth Donnelly Carney. Biography. Eurydice (c.410-340s BC) was the wife of Amyntas III, the mother of Philip II and two other kings of Macedonia, and grandmother of Alexander the Great.

Alexander the Great From Britain to Southeast Asia: Peripheral Empires in the Global Renaissance by Su Fang Ng. Examines parallel traditions of the Alexander Romance in Britain and Southeast Asia.


Elizabeth of Bohemia: A Novel About Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen by David Elias. A fierce British princess marries Prince Frederic of the Palatinate. They become king and queen of Bohemia, but their reign is brief.

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