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The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain

by Derek Wilson Quercus (December 09, 2014)

Plantagenet is the name given to the English royal house descended from the union of Queen Matilda of England and her second husband Geoffrey of Anjou. The name derived from Geoffrey's nickname, which came from...

Cleopatra the Great

by Dr. Joann Fletcher HarperCollins (May 17, 2011)

World-Renowned Egyptologist Dr. Joann Fletcher offers an unparalleled look at one of history’s most fascinating leaders—Politician, Mother, and Goddess—the legendary Cleopatra.

The subject of myth for more...

A Royal Experiment

by Janice Hadlow Henry Holt and Co. (November 17, 2014)

The Times Best Books of the Year o The Sunday Times Best Books of the Year

The New Statesman Book of the Year selection by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

BBC History Magazine Book of the Year selection by Helen Rappaport...

Now You Know Royalty

by Doug Lennox Dundurn (June 29, 2009)

The crown prince of Q&A, Doug Lennox, is at it again, this time with a cornucopia of facts and frivolities about the escapades, excesses, and extravagances of the worlds monarchies, past and present. From betrayal...

Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son

by Penny Junor Grand Central Publishing (September 09, 2014)

The authoritative biography of Prince Harry by noted royal family biographer Penny Junor, author of Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King and The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor.

Prince Harry,...

Kate: The Making of a Princess

by Claudia Joseph HarperCollins e-books (February 15, 2011)

Kate by Claudia Joseph, is a true-life fairy tale: the biography of Kate Middleton, Princess-in-Waiting, who is quite possibly poised to be the next Queen of England. The extraordinary Cinderella story of the...

William and Kate

by Christopher Andersen Gallery Books (November 22, 2010)

With a new chapter on the birth of the royal baby and 17 new photos, the complete story of the romance and marriage of William and Kate and their son, George Alexander Louis Windsor, His Royal Highness Prince...

Last of the Dandies

by Nick Foulkes Thomas Dunne Books (February 03, 2014)

From his first appearance in London in 1821 until his death in Paris in 1852, Count D'Orsay dominated and scandalized the whole of European society. For three decades he was the ultimate arbiter in matters of...

Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

by Emily Ruete Dover Publications (February 07, 2012)

This 19th-century autobiography offers a rare inside look at the society surrounding a sultan's palace. A real-life princess in exile recalls her vanished world of harems, slave trading, and court intrigues....

The Last Knight

by Norman F. Cantor Free Press (May 11, 2010)

There may not be a more fascinating a historical period than the late fourteenth century in Europe. The Hundred Years' War ravaged the continent, yet gallantry, chivalry, and literary brilliance flourished in...


by Robert Lacey Free Press (June 24, 2008)

For more than fifty years, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor -- who became Elizabeth II, Queen of England on February 6, 1952 -- has been loved and loathed, revered and feared, applauded and criticized by her...


by Tim Clayton & Phil Craig Atria Books (December 10, 2013)

Based on the groundbreaking ITV/The Learning Channel documentary series, and drawn from years of research and dozens of interviews with friends and associates speaking on the record for the first time, Diana...

The King's Grave

by Philippa Langley & Michael Jones St. Martin's Press (October 21, 2013)

The first full-length book about the discovery of Richard III's remains, by the person who led the archaeology team and the historian whose book spurred her on

The mystery of who Richard III really was has fascinated...

The Real Diana

by Lady Colin Campbell St. Martin's Press (August 05, 2013)

"When I met Diana at a mutual friend's house in 1990, I was astonished by her conduct. Up to this point, the Diana I had encountered was a princess who had behaved very much in keeping with the forms and traditions...

Royal Mistresses of the House of Hanover-Windsor

by Susanna De Vries Pirgos Press (January 16, 2013)

The genuine love match between Prince William and Kate Middleton has rekindled enthusiasm for the British monarchy. In the past, young princes reluctantly entered into arranged marriages and took mistresses....

Diana: A Portrait In Her Own Words

by Bill Adler HarperCollins e-books (December 28, 2010)

In between her fairy-tale wedding and her premature death, there lived the most beloved royal presence of our century, surely as multifaceted as any celebrity of our time. The radical twists and turns in her...

Six Wives

by David Starkey HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

No one in history had a more eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII. His marriages were daring and tumultuous, and made instant legends of six very different women. In this remarkable study, David Starkey...

Queen Bee of Tuscany

by Ben Downing Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 17, 2013)

"Quite simply one of the best books of the year." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

Ben Downing's Queen Bee of Tuscany brings an extraordinary Victorian back to life. Born into a distinguished intellectual...

Fifty Years the Queen: A Tribute to Elizabeth II on Her Golden Jubilee

by Arthur Bousfield & Garry Toffoli Dundurn (September 01, 2002)

This tribute examines the life of this outstanding personality and monarch, with emphasis on her Canadian experiences.

The Little Princesses

by Marion Crawford & Jennie Bond St. Martin's Press (April 09, 2003)

Once upon a time, in 1930s England, there were two little princesses named Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. Their father was the Duke of York, the second son of King George V, and their Uncle David was the future...

Heretic Queen

by Susan Ronald St. Martin's Press (August 06, 2012)

Acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald delivers a stunning account of Elizabeth I that focuses on her role in the Wars on Religion--the battle between Protestantism and Catholicisim that tore apart Europe in the...

The Queen Mother

by Lady Colin Campbell St. Martin's Press (April 23, 2012)

Packed with stunning revelations, this is the inside story of The Queen Mother from the New York Times bestselling author who first revealed the truth about Princess Diana

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has...

A Magnificent Obsession

by Helen Rappaport St. Martin's Press (March 12, 2012)

As she did in her critically acclaimed The Last Days of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport brings a compelling documentary feel to the story of this royal marriage and of the queen's obsessive love for her husband...

All in One Basket

by Duchess of Devonshire Deborah Mitford Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 12, 2011)

In her beguiling memoir, Wait for Me!, Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire (and the youngest of the famously witty brood of writers, agitators, and icons), recounted her eventful life with wit and grace....

The Real Elizabeth

by Andrew Marr Henry Holt and Co. (January 02, 2012)

A surprising and very personal biography of a woman who may be the world's last great queen, published to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of her reign

Elizabeth II, one of England's longest-reigning monarchs,...

The Royal Stuarts

by Allan Massie Thomas Dunne Books (December 19, 2011)

"Compelling...A masterly feat...A magnificent, sweeping, authoritative, warm yet wry history."

--The Wall Street Journal

In this fascinating and intimate portrait of the Stuarts, author Allan Massie takes us deep...

Alix and Nicky

by Virginia Rounding St. Martin's Press (January 16, 2012)

The dramatic story of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia--A penetrating and deeply personal study that gives profound psychological insight into their...

Prince Philip

by Philip Eade Henry Holt and Co. (November 07, 2011)

"Rich in drama and tragedy" (The Guardian), here is a mesmerizing account of the extraordinary formative years of the man married to the most famous woman in the world

Before he met the young girl who became...

To the Scaffold

by Carolly Erickson St. Martin's Griffin (June 30, 2004)

One of history's most misunderstood figures, Marie Antoinette represents the extravagance and the decadence of pre-Revolution France. Yet there was an innocence about Antoinette, thrust as a child into the chillingly...

From Splendor to Revolution

by Julia P. Gelardi St. Martin's Press (February 14, 2011)

This sweeping saga recreates the extraordinary opulence and violence of Tsarist Russia as the shadow of revolution fell over the land, and destroyed a way of life for these Imperial women

The early 1850s until...

The Secret Wife of Louis XIV

by Veronica Buckley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 30, 2010)

Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon and secret wife of the Sun King, Louis XIV, was born in a bleak French prison in 1635, her father a condemned traitor and murderer, her mother the warden's seduced...

Elizabeth I

by Laura Brennan Pen and Sword History (May 30, 2020)

Elizabeth I is arguably one of the greatest monarchs and women of English history. Against an uncertain political and religious backdrop of post-reformation Europe she ruled at the conception of social modernization,...

Wait for Me!

by Duchess of Devonshire Deborah Mitford & Charlotte Mosley Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 08, 2010)

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood of six daughters and one son that included the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote, when Deborah was born, "How disgusting...


by Katie Nicholl & Charlotte Parry Hachette Book Group (March 20, 2018)

On the eve of his wedding comes the most intimate and informative portrait yet of Prince Harry, from royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of the bestselling William and Harry and Kate.

From his earliest public...

Prince Harry

by Penny Junor Hachette Book Group (September 09, 2014)

This authoritative biography of Prince Harry is by noted royal family biographer Penny Junor, author of Prince William: The Man Who Will Be King and The Firm: The Troubled Life of the House of Windsor.


Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles

by Margaret George St. Martin's Press (January 19, 2010)

Margaret George's exhaustively researched novel skillfully weaves both historical fact and plausible fiction in bringing the story of Mary Queen of Scots to life.

She was a child crowned a queen....

A sinner...

Counting My Chickens . . .

by The Duchess of Devonshire & Tom Stoppard Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 14, 2002)

A unique window on an extraordinary life lived with tremendous zest, discrimination, and intelligence

The Duchess of Devonshire is the youngest of the Mitford siblings, the famous brood that includes the writers...

A Gambling Man

by Jenny Uglow Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 22, 2010)

The Restoration was a decade of experimentation: from the founding of the Royal Society for investigating the sciences to the startling role of credit and risk; from the shocking licentiousness of the court...

Behind the Throne

by Adrian Tinniswood Basic Books (October 01, 2018)

An "enchanting" upstairs/downstairs history of the British royal court, from the Middle Ages to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Wall Street Journal).Monarchs: they're just like us. They entertain their friends...


by Andrew Morton Grand Central Publishing (April 16, 2018)

The New York Times bestselling biography of Meghan Markle, the American actress who won Prince Harry's heart.

Women who smash the royal mold have always fascinated the public, from Grace Kelly to Princess Diana....


by Katie Nicholl Hachette Books (March 19, 2018)

From royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of the bestselling William and Harry and Kate comes the most intimate and informative portrait yet of Prince Harry, his marriage to Meghan Markle, and how their union...

Empress of the East

by Leslie Peirce Basic Books (September 18, 2017)

The "fascinating...lively" story of the Russian slave girl Roxelana, who rose from concubine to become the only queen of the Ottoman empire (New York Times).

In Empress of the East, historian Leslie Peirce tells...

Queen Victoria's Matchmaking

by Deborah Cadbury PublicAffairs (November 13, 2017)

A captivating exploration of the role in which Queen Victoria exerted the most international power and influence: as a matchmaking grandmother.

As her reign approached its sixth decade, Queen Victoria's grandchildren...

Young Elizabeth

by Kate Williams Pegasus Books (November 15, 2015)

We can hardly imagine a Britain without Elizabeth II on the throne. It seems to be the job she was born for. And yet for much of her early life the young princess did not know the role that her future would...

Eleanor of Aquitaine

by Desmond Seward Pegasus Books (October 15, 2014)

“A monstrous injurer of heaven and earth,” as Shakespeare referred to this powerful medieval matriarch, Eleanor of Aquitaine’s reign as England’s stormiest and most ambitious queen has never been matched.As...

The King's War

by Peter Conradi Pegasus Books (September 03, 2019)

The broadcast that George VI made to the British nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939--which formed the climax of the multi-Oscar-winning film The King's Speech--was the product of years of hard work...


by Angela Levin Pegasus Books (May 03, 2018)

Once a reckless rebel and now a respected role model, Prince Harry is one of the world's most popular royals and the force behind giving the British royal family a twenty-first century makeover. How has he done...

The Last of the Tsars

by Robert Service Pegasus Books (September 05, 2017)

A riveting account of the last eighteen months of Tsar Nicholas II's life and reign from one of the finest Russian historians writing today.

In March 1917, Nicholas II, the last Tsar of All the Russias, abdicated...

A Great and Terrible King

by Marc Morris Pegasus Books (March 15, 2015)

Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). Yet that story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier,...

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor

by Elizabeth Norton Pegasus Books (January 15, 2016)

England, late 1547. King Henry VIII Is dead. His fourteen-year-old daughter Elizabeth is living with the king’s widow, Catherine Parr, and her new husband, Thomas Seymour. Seymour is the brother of Henry VIII’s...