May 2023 new royalty books

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British Royalty

Charles III: The Making of a King by Alison Smith. The most important portraits of the king from the National Portrait Gallery's collection, along with a timeline and pictures of other royal family members.

Charles: The Heart of a King by Catherine Mayer. This biography explores Charles's relationship with Camilla and his impact on politics. First published in 2015 under the title Born to Be King; this version has new chapters on Harry and Meghan, Prince Andrew, and more.

Pocket King Charles Wisdom by Hardie Grant Books. Quotes from Charles III on society, nature, religion, the monarchy, and other topics.

The Queen by Jack Harrison. A look at the life of Queen Elizabeth II, with hundreds of photos. (Originally published as The Queen at 95.)

European Royalty

Rasputin and His Russian Queen: The True Story of Grigory and Alexandra by Mickey Mayhew. She liked to pray and he liked to party, but society crushed them.

The Shadow of the Empress by Larry Wolff. The fairy-tale Straus opera Die Frau ohne Schatten and the end of the Habsburg monarchy.

Emperor Septimius Severus: The Roman Hannibal by Ilkka Syvänne. Biography that focuses on the emperor as a military leader.


Ramesses the Great: Egypt's King of Kings by Toby Wilkinson. The life, dramatic reign, and enduring legacy of the pharaoh Ramesses II, with lessons for the present.

Cleopatra's Daughter: From Roman Prisoner to African Queen by Jane Draycott. How Cleopatra Selene navigated years of imprisonment on Rome's Palatine Hill and became queen of Mauretania.


A Lamp for the Dark World: Akbar, India's Greatest Mughal by Parvati Sharma. Biography of the complex, magnetic 16th century emperor.

The Kings of Buddhism: Power, Religion, and Fury in Myanmar by Robert Edward Sterken Jr. Myanmar's kings and military rulers have regulated religion for their own political survival.


The King's Pleasure: A Novel of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. Henry tells the story of his 36-year reign and six marriages.

Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes. Fiction. In 1761, a headstrong German princess meets Britain's King George III and marries him within hours. But George has secrets that could shake the monarchy.

The Half Empress by Tripti Pandey. Fictional account of the life of courtesan Raskapoor's affair with 19th century Indian ruler Jagat Singh of Jaipur.

Children's Books

King Charles III: Celebrating His Majesty's Coronation and Reign by Andrea Mills, illustrated by Jennie Poh. A colorfully illustrated introduction to the new king's life and work for children ages 5 to 9.

Queen Elizabeth II by Brenda and Brian Williams. An illustrated biography for children ages 7 to 11.

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