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Published in July 2021
Plantagenet Princes: The Sons of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II by Douglas Boyd. Henry the Young King was a playboy and robber baron. Richard the Lionheart bankrupted the empire twice. Geoffrey was trampled to death in a melee. John Lackland became a notorious king.
The Man in the Iron Mask: The True Story of Europe's Most Famous Prisoner by Josephine Wilkinson. The mysterious life of French prisoner Eustache Dauger. Was he King Louis XIV's secret brother?
French Royal Women During the Restoration and July Monarchy: Redefining Women and Power by Heta Aali. Examines public discussions around the duchesse d'Angoulême, the duchesse de Berry, Queen Marie-Amélie, and Adélaïde d'Orléans.
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Published in June 2021
Prince Philip's Century 1921-2021: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh by Robert Jobson. Biography of Queen Elizabeth II's husband, who helped modernize the monarchy and campaigned to protect the environment.
Philip, Prince of Greece: The Duke of Edinburgh's Early Life and the Greek Succession by Constantinos Lagos and John Carr. Uncovers hitherto unknown aspects of Philip's life as a Greek prince.
Queen Victoria: This Thorny Crown by Michael Ledger-Lornas. This biography focuses on the importance of religion to Queen Victoria, and how religious communities viewed her.
Buckingham Palace: A Royal Garden by Claire Masset. This guide to the garden includes practical advice, anecdotes, and photographs.
Royalty Revealed: A Majestic Miscellany by Brian Hoey. What does Queen Elizabeth like to receive as a gift? What are the duties of a royal valet? This is a collection of facts about the British royal family. (Updated version; originally published as We Are Amused.)
The King Arthur Mysteries: Arthur's Britain and Early Medieval World by Timothy Venning. A guide to the imaginary and historical world of King Arthur, his family, knights, and the legends around them.
Emperor Frederick II and the Latin East by Guy Perry. How Holy Roman emperor Frederick II helped shape the fate of the kingdom of Jerusalem in the 13th century.
Napoleon: A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows by Ruth Scurr. A biography that follows the emperor's life through gardens, parks, and forests.
The Last Muslim Conquest: The Ottoman Empire and Its Wars in Europe by Gábor Ágoston. Examines Ottoman wars of conquest, dynastic marriages, and more, arguing that the empire was in many ways European.
England and Spain in the Early Modern Era by Óscar Alfredo Ruiz Fernández. Royal love, diplomacy, trade and naval relations, 1604-25.
Alexander the Great: From His Death to the Present Day by John Boardman. Illustrated exploration of Alexander in art and literature throughout the world. New paperback edition.
In Royal Service to the Queen: A Novel of the Queen's Governess by Tessa Arlen. Tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II's governess, Marion Crawford, who was later shunned by those she served.
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