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Published in November 2020
Modern British Royalty
Meghan Misunderstood by Sean Smith. Portrays Prince Harry's wife as an intelligent woman with a strong social conscience who has been unfairly vilified.
HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style by Elizabeth Holmes. A look at the fashion and branding of Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Sussex. Includes hundreds of photos.
Long Live the Queen: 23 Rules for Living From Britain's Longest-Reigning Monarch by Bryan Kozlowski. How Elizabeth II has maintained her health and physical stamina through her long life.
British Royal History
English Collusion and the Norman Conquest by Arthur C. Wright. Argues that William the Conqueror was not a gifted king but just a lucky, brutal soldier.
Joan, Lady of Wales: Power and Politics of King John's Daughter by Danna R. Messer. The little known story of Joan of England (d. 1237), wife of Llywelyn the Great of Gwynedd, who helped thwart an English invasion of Wales.
Henry VIII in 100 Objects: The Tyrant King Who Had Six Wives by Paul Kendall. Take a journey across the country to places where Henry stayed, the homes of his consorts, and more.
Backlash: Libel, Impeachment, and Populism in the Reign of Queen Anne by Rachel Carnell. Careful and diligent, Anne tried to run a government balanced between the parties.
The Daughters of George III by Catherine Curzon. The king's six daughters longed to escape from their parents, but opportunities slipped away.
Espionage in the Divided Stuart Dynasty: 1685-1715 by Julian Whitehead. After James II lost his crown, he and his descendants tried to win it back, conspiring with Jacobites and Tories.
Empress Alexandra: The Special Relationship Between Russia's Last Tsarina and Queen Victoria by Melanie Clegg. Queen Victoria hoped her granddaughter Alix would marry the heir to the British throne. But the spirited Alix had other ideas.
By Defeating My Enemies: Charles XII of Sweden and the Great Northern War by Michael Glaeser. Military biography of one of the great generals of his time. Includes maps.
Monarchy and Liberalism in Spain: The Building of the Nation-State, 1780-1931 edited by David San Narciso, Margarita Barral Martínez, and Carolina Armenteros. Essays discuss the eve of the French Revolution, the unstable reign of Isabel II, the republican monarchy of Amadeo I, and Alfonso XIII's expulsion from Spain.
The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar by Peter Stothard. Octavian exacted vengeance on Caesar's assassins. The last one left alive, Cassius Parmensis, evaded his hunters for 14 years.
Rome Is Burning: Nero and the Fire That Ended a Dynasty by Anthony A. Barrett. Rome's Great Fire destroyed Nero's golden image and led to his downfall.
Dara Shukoh: The Man Who Would Be King by Avik Chanda. Shah Jahan's heir and favorite son has been portrayed as incompetent, but in many ways he was clearly ahead of his times.
Royals and Rebels: The Rise and Fall of the Sikh Empire by Priya Atwal. This book looks beyond the empire's founding father to restore the queens and princes to the story.
The Story of China: The Epic History of a World Power From the Middle Kingdom to Mao and the China Dream by Michael Wood. Taking into account new archeological discoveries, this book begins with China's early dynasties.
The Routledge Companion to Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean World edited by Elizabeth Carney and Sabine Müller. Topics include titles, succession, female relatives of kings, regnant and co-regnant women.
The History and Politics of Exhumation: Royal Bodies and Lesser Mortals by Michael L. Nash. Examines well-known cases such as Richard III, the Romanovs, and Tutankhamen alongside the more obscure.
The Iranian Expanse: Transforming Royal Identity Through Architecture, Landscape, and the Built Environment, 550 BCE-642 CE by Matthew P. Canepa. How kings used cities, sanctuaries, palaces, and landscapes.
Queen of the North by Anne O'Brien. In 1399, England's crown is under threat. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful king - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund.
Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten. In 1725, Peter the Great lies dying. Can his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, take the crown for herself?
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Published in October 2020
Battle of Brothers: William and Harry - The Friendship and Feuds by Robert Lacey. Reveals the details of Prince William and Prince Harry's closeness and estrangement. Were seeds of damage sowed by Charles and Diana? What parts have Kate, Meghan, and the Queen played?
Prince Philip Revealed by Ingrid Seward. This biography of Queen Elizabeth II's husband reveals his many faces - as a father, philanthropist, philanderer, and statesman.
This Is a Book for People Who Love the Royals by Rebecca Stoeker. Uncover answers to common questions: how royal titles work, who is in the line of succession, and why the guards at Buckingham Palace never smile.
Henry VIII: The Decline and Fall of a Tyrant by Robert Hutchinson. Henry's last six years saw him embark on two marriages and brutal wars. He suffered painful medical conditions that turned him into a psychotic monster. (This may be an updated version of the author's previous book The Last Days of Henry VIII.)
Queen of Versailles: Madame de Maintenon, First Lady of Louis XIV's France by Mark Bryant. How the dynamics of power and gender operated in the Sun King's court.
The Routledge Handbook of Balkan and Southeast European History edited by John R. Lampe and Ulf Brunnbauer. International scholars explore the modern history of the region, from the 19th century to the postwar and Cold War years of the 20th century.
Saul, Benjamin, and the Emergence of Monarchy in Israel: Biblical and Archaeological Perspectives edited by Joachim J. Krause, Omer Sergi, and Kristin Weingart. Essays on Israel's monarchy.
Continuity and Change in Brunei Darussalam edited by Victor T. King and Stephen C. Druce. Explores the strengths, characteristics, and uniqueness of the Malay Islamic monarchy in a historical context.
King Abdul Aziz: Diplomacy and Statecraft 1902-1953 edited by A. Burdett. Original documents from British official sources depict the policy decisions and diplomatic skills of Saudi Arabia's founder. (Wildly expensive.)
Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife by Aidan Dodson. Explores what can be reconstructed of the queen's life and apparently tragic fate.
King Philip's War, 1675-76: America's Deadliest Colonial Conflict by Gabriele Esposito, illustrated by Giuseppe Rava. Study of a major conflict between New England colonists and Native Americans led by Wampanoag chief Metacomet (Philip).
Life After the Harem: Female Palace Slaves, Patronage and the Imperial Ottoman Court by Betül Ipsirli Argit. The manumission of slaves did not end their ties with the imperial court.
Queen Elizabeth II. Biography for children ages 7 to 10. Learn how Elizabeth worked with 13 prime ministers, met world leaderse, and remained a stable presence as head of the royal family.
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