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Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade by Anthony Kaldellis. This book covers the imperial conquest under the great emperor Basil "the Bulgar-Slayer"; the emergence of new foreign enemies (Pechenegs, Seljuks, and Normans); and the collapse of the empire during the second half of the eleventh century.

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New Royalty Books

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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

Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots by Kate Williams. Mary, Queen of Scots dreamed of friendship with Elizabeth I, but for Elizabeth, Mary was a threat.

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.

Published in August 2018


The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred's Britain, 789-955 by Max Adams. A history of Britain in the unruly era between the first Scandinavian raids and the final expulsion of the Vikings from York.

Queen Boudica and Historical Culture in Britain: An Image of Truth by Martha Vandrei. Explores warrior queen Boudica's presence in British discourse to demonstrate the persistence of historical ideas.

The Queen & Her Family by Halima Sadat. A short guide to the life and family of Elizabeth II.


Napoleon's Australia by Terry Smyth. The conquest of Australia was on Bonaparte's agenda for world domination. (Currently available on Amazon in Kindle e-book edition only.)


Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule by Norman A. Kutcher. How eunuchs flourished despite restrictions imposed upon them by Qing emperors.


Julius Caesar: A Life by Patricia Southern. This biography goes behind the legend to judge Caesar in his own historical context.

The Roman Imperial Mausoleum in Late Antiquity by Mark J. Johnson. Examines the symbolism and function of later Roman mausolea that served as temples and shrines to the divinized emperors.

Scandinavia (Crown Series)

Christian IV: Denmark's Great Renaissance King by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian became king in 1588, at the age of 11, and reigned until 1648. He was considered a hero and martyr by generations that followed him.

Frederik III: The King Who Seized Absolute Power by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik III reigned from 1648 to 1670 and introduced absolute monarchy in Denmark-Norway.

Christian V: The First Heir to the Throne by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian V reigned from 1670 until 1699. He made an unsuccessful attempt to reconquer territories that had been lost during his father's reign.

Frederik IV: King on His Own Terms by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik IV reigned in a headstrong fashion from 1699 until 1730. He abducted his beloved Anna Sophie Reventlow, whom he later made his queen.

Christian VIII: King First of Norway and Then of Denmark by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian VIII ruled Denmark from 1839 to 1848 as the country's last absolute monarch; in 1814 he was also briefly Norway's first constitutional king.

Frederik VII: The Giver of the Constitution by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik VII reigned from 1848 until 1863. He was an odd individual with a rather unstable temperament, and in many ways he a black sheep within the royal family.

Christian IX and Queen Louise: Europe's Parents-in-Law by Jens Gunni Busck. Christian IX and Queen Louise were the first couple of the Glücksburg line on the Danish throne. They ascended the throne in 1863. Today there are not many European royals who are not their descendants.

Frederik VIII and Queen Lovisa: The Overlooked Royal Couple by Birgitte Louise Peiter Rosenhegn, translated by Peter Sean Woltemade. Frederik VIII reigned from 1906 until 1912. He and his wife, Louise, a Swedish princess, had a strained relationship with other Danish royals.

Christian X and Queen Alexandrine: Royal Couple Through the World Wars by Jens Gunni Busck, translated by Christopher Sand-Iversen. Christian X reigned during a period in which the world and the monarchy greatly changed.

Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid: The Modern Royal Couple by Jens Gunni Busck. Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid were the Danish royal couple from 1947 until 1972. Together they modernized the Danish monarchy.

Power, Splendour, and Diamonds: Denmark's Regalia and Crown Jewels by Peter Kristiansen. The foremost symbols of the Kingdom of Denmark -- the crown, the sceptre, and the orb -- have been kept at Rosenborg Castle since the 1680s.

Amalienborg and Frederiksstaden: The Palace and the Royal Quarter by Jens Gunni Busck. Tells the story of Amalienborg and Frederiksstaden and its royal residents over the centuries.

Children's Books

Princess Diana by Tim Cooke. This biography includes full-color photographs and fun fact boxes offering bite-sized information. For children ages 8 to 11.

Prince Harry & Meghan: Royals for a New Era by Jill Sherman. Nonfiction for children between the ages of 9 and 12.

Meghan Markle by Golriz Golkar. Read about the Duchess of Sussex's acting career, her human rights work, and her path to becoming royalty. For children ages 10 to 12.

Howard and the Mummy: Howard Carter and the Search for King Tut's Tomb by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov. A picture book biography of Howard Carter, the discoverer of King Tut's tomb.

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