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Blood Royal

by John Pearson

When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness....


The Ultimate Family

by John Pearson

In recent times the British monarchy has become an 'ultimate family' of international superstars, their adventures and personalities transmitted round the globe like episodes in the world's most popular soap...


Good King Richard?

by Jeremy Potter

Richard III, the so-called 'last English King of England' and the wicked uncle of tradition, is the most controversial and enigmatic of monarchs. Could he really have been as sinister as he was painted by Tudor...


Isabella: The Warrior Queen

by Kirstin Downey

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became...


Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II

by Geoffrey Parker

Philip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history: the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armada against her sister...


Victoria: A Life

by A. N. Wilson

“[A] shimmering and rather wonderful biography.” —The Guardian (London)

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, she had ruled for nearly sixty-four years. She was the mother of nine and grandmother of forty-two...


The Queen's Houses

by Alan Titchmarsh

The Queen’s life is dedicated to her public – every move is scrutinised, every word noted. But her homes are havens where peace can be found, away from watchful eyes; sanctuaries of private calm in a whirlwind...


The Queen Mother

by William Shawcross

The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles, and the most beloved British monarch of the...


A Royal Experiment

by Janice Hadlow

The Times Best Books of the Year • 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

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...


Conversations with Freddie Mercury

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Freddie's outlook or comments about life now come from a different perspective as he has passed over. He views his life from this new existence. This book is a record of his new perspective, it is charming,...


David: The Divided Heart

by David Wolpe

Of all the figures in the Bible, David arguably stands out as the most perplexing and enigmatic. He was many things: a warrior who subdued Goliath and the Philistines; a king who united a nation; a poet who...


Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son

by Penny Junor

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,...


Snowdon: The Biography

by Anne De Courcy

The first proper biography of the man who married, and divorced, Princess Margaret

Anthony Armstrong-Jones was born to a Welsh father and English-Jewish mother. Creative and inventive, he attended Eton and then...


King Stephen

by Edmund King

This compelling new biography provides the most authoritative picture yet of King Stephen, whose reign (1135–1154), with its “nineteen long winters” of civil war, made his name synonymous with failed leadership....


Richard III: England's Black Legend

by Desmond Seward

With the recent discovery of Richard III's remains, a newly-revised edition of the celebrated biography of England's most notorious king. With the victory of Henry Tudor, the usurping dynasty made an effort...


Dancing with the Devil

by Christopher Wilson

The story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor is one of the most romantic of all time: Edward VIII abdicated his throne and gave up an empire so that he could marry the woman he loved, American divorcee Wallis...


Mary Queen of Scots

by Antonia Fraser

Author of Marie Antoinette

She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised...


Henry VIII

by J. J. Scarisbrick

Henry VIII's forceful personality dominated his age and continues to fascinate our own. In few other reigns have there been developments of such magnitude—in politics, foreign relations, religion, and society—that...


Edward the Confessor

by Frank Barlow

Frank Barlow's magisterial biography, first published in 1970 and now reissued with new material, rescues Edward the Confessor from contemporary myth and subsequent bogus scholarship. Disentangling verifiable...