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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...


Royal Weddings

by Emily Brand

Since the Normal Conquest, the journey of the oldest and most revered of British institutions, the monarchy, has been touched by turmoil, intrigue, sacrifice, and romance.

 

Royal Weddings traces the evolution...


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...


Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant

by Shrabani Basu

The tall, handsome Abdul Karim was just twenty-four years old when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at tables during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. An assistant clerk at Agra Central Jail, he suddenly...


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 world's monarchies, past and present. From betrayal...


Conversations with Freddie Mercury

by Ronald Ritter & Sussan Evermore

Meet the real Freddie Mercury, the iconic vocalist of Queen who died in 1991. We make contact through Sussan (the host) who connects to him via a process channeling that allows Freddie to use the hosts vocabularly...


How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair

by Jonathan Beckman

A tale of greed, lust, deceit, theft on an extraordinary scale, charlatanry, kidnapping, assassination and escape from prison.


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...


Mistresses of Henry VIII

by Kelly Hart

Seventeen-year-old Henry VIII was 'a youngling, he cares for nothing but girls and hunting.' Henry was considered a demi-god by his subjects, so each woman he chose was someone who had managed to stand out in...


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,...


Two Lives of Charlemagne

by Einhard & The Monk of St. Gall

This work contains the two best-known early separate biographical accounts of Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, the man considered to be the father of Europe. This work contains the two best-known early separate...


Snowdon: The Biography

by Anne De Courcy

The parents of Anthony Armstrong-Jones (he was given the title Earl of Snowdon in 1961) were very different. He was Welsh to his fingertips, she an exotic mixture of English and Jewish. They divorced when he...


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...


Secret Lives of the Tsars: Three Centuries of Autocracy, Debauchery, Betrayal, Murder, and Madness from Romanov Russia

by Michael Farquhar

“Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer...


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...


Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

by Sarah Gristwood

To contemporaries, the Wars of the Roses were known collectively as a “cousins’ war.” The series of dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in fifteenth-century England was truly...