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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...


Kate: The Making of a Princess

by Audrey Vernick & Claudia Joseph

Kate Middleton is the girl everyone wants to be.

Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Middleton is living a perfect Cinderella fairy tale. She is engaged to Britain's most desirable bachelor—and now she's the future...


William and Kate: And Baby George: Royal Baby Edition

by Christopher Andersen

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...


Darling Georgie: The Engima of George V

by Dennis Friedman

Eminent psychiatrist Dennis Friedman turns his acute gaze on our present Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V (1885–1936), to reveal the man behind the monarch. Taking as his starting point the widely...


Young Henry: The Rise of Henry VIII

by Robert Hutchinson

Henry VIII always had problems with women. Born on 28 June 1491, he lived in the shadow of his elder brother Arthur and his dour and autocratic father, Henry VII. Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother, died when...


Faisal I of Iraq

by Ali A. Allawi

Born in 1883, King Faisal I of Iraq was a seminal figure not only in the founding of the state of Iraq but also in the making of the modern Middle East. In all the tumult leading to the dissolution of the Ottoman...


William: HRH Prince William of Wales

by Tim Graham & Peter Archer

As the boy prince turns into the man who would be king, interest in Prince William is at an unprecedented height in 2003, the year of his twenty-first birthday. Seen as the vital link between the traditions...


Last of the Dandies

by Nick Foulkes

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...


Tutankhamen

by Christine El Mahdy

When Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered in 1922, even the most experienced archaeologists joined the international community in marveling at the incredible wealth--and seemingly bizarre rituals--of ancient Egypt....


Bianca

by Robert Elegant

At the height of the Renaissance, one vibrant city triumphs over the rest of Europe in nearly every aspect of human life: painting, music, architecture, banking, publishing, medicine and manufacturing. Her empire...


Memoirs of an Arabian Princess from Zanzibar

by Emily Ruete

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....


King George II and Queen Caroline

by John Van der Kiste

This biography of the last king to lead British troops into battle and his able wife provides intriquing insight into 18th century war and politics. Often derided as the buffoon who "hated all boets and bainters",...


The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of t

by Norman F. Cantor

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...


Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II

by Robert Lacey

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...


The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York

by David Baldwin

On December 22, 1550 an old bricklayer named Richard Plantagenet was buried at Eastwell in Kent. Unusually for a bricklayer, he had been able to read Latin and, when pressed, he had claimed to be a natural son...


William the Conqueror

by David R Bates

William the Conqueror was a formidable personality whose political imagination and ruthless will were the driving force of the Norman Conquest of England. In this biography, David Bates describes the full scope...


Diana: Story of a Princess

by Tim Clayton & Phil Craig

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...


Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar

by Edvard Radzinsky & Antonina Bouis

Alexander II was Russia's Lincoln, and the greatest reformer tsar since Peter the Great. He was also one of the most contradictory, and fascinating, of history's supreme leaders. He freed the serfs, yet launched...


The Duke: Portrait of Prince Phillip

by Tim Heald

A brilliantly researched biography of Prince Philip, first published to mark his 70th birthday.