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Queen Bee of Tuscany

by Ben Downing

“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...


A Brief History of the House of Windsor: The Making of a Modern Monarchy

by Michael Paterson

The British monarchy may be over a thousand years old, but the House of Windsor dates only from 1917, when, in the middle of the First World War that was to see the demise of the major thrones of continental...


The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy

by Jo Marchant

Unraveling the mysteries of Tutankhamun’s mummy—a story of history, archaeology, crime, business, politics, and science


Prince Edward, Duke of Kent: Father of the Canadian Crown

by Nathan Tidridge & J.J. Grant

Twenty-four-year-old Prince Edward Augustus, the future father of Queen Victoria, arrived in Quebec City in 1791 and found himself immersed in a society struggling for an identity. His life became woven into...


Emperor Francis Joseph: Life, Death and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire

by John Van der Kiste

Ub 1848, 28-year-old Francis Joseph became King of Hungary and Emperor of Austria. He would reign for almost 68 years, the longest of any modern European monarch. Focusing on the life of Emperor Francis Joseph...


The Life of Elizabeth I

by Alison Weir

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I remained an extremely private person throughout her reign, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets...


The Georgian Princesses

by John Van der Kiste

A chronological account of the princesses and consort Queens of the Georgian era. From Sophia who died shortly before she would have become Queen as heir to Queen Anne, to Adelaide, consort to William IV whose...


Charles II and the Duke of Buckingham: The Merry Monarch and the Aristocratic Rogue

by David Hanrahan

Of all bad men in a bad time… [Buckingham was] perhaps the worst, without shame, honour or decency.' George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham is one of the most entertaining and shocking of ill-advised royal...


King Faisal: Personality, Faith and Times

by Alexei Vassiliev

In 1964 Faisal bin Abdul Aziz became king of a country holding a quarter of the world’s oil reserves, also home to Mecca and Medina. He was called ‘the most powerful Arab ruler in centuries’. Eleven years...


A Modern Fairy Tale

by Jane Green

This ABC Video Book edition is enhanced with more than 25 minutes of footage of the royal family and clips from the ABC News archives.

Introducing A Modern Fairy Tale: William, Kate and Three Generations of Royal...


The Princes in the Tower

by Alison Weir

"Comprehensive and insightful, THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER offers a unique perspective on a profound mystery." Faye Kellerman

Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy...


Madame de Pompadour

by Nancy Mitford & Amanda Foreman

When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. A member of the bourgeoisie rather than an aristocrat, she was physically too cold for the carnal...


Mary Queen of Scots

by James Mackay

In My End Is My Beginning is the story of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-87), the tragic heroine par excellence. Queen of an unfamiliar and troubled nation when she was a week old, it was her misfortune to be a pawn...


King Bhumibol Adulyadej: A Life's Work

by Nicholas Grossman & Dominic Faulder

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand is the world’s longest reigning monarch. Indeed, his 65-year reign is one of the longest in world history, an achievement few would have predicted when the Thai king acceded...


Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

by Jane Dunn

The political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, screen, and...


Philip of Spain

by Henry Kamen

Philip II of Spain—ruler of the most extensive empire the world had ever known—has been viewed in a harsh and negative light since his death in 1598. Identified with repression, bigotry, and fanaticism by...


Royal Tours 1786-2010: Home to Canada

by Arthur Bousfield & Garry Toffoli

Royal Tours explores the visitations of 11 royals who were or would be monarchs, viceroys, and commanders in-chief of Canada. This full-colour volume is a captivating look at how these tours shaped Canada and...


Road to Ekaterinburg: Nicholas and Alexandra's Daughters 1913-1918

by ECS Banks

This is a story that has long needed to be told - an account of the tragic lives of the last crowned Tsar of Russia's four daughters: the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia. Set in the years...


The Letters of Marie Antoinette, Fersen and Barnave

by , O. Heidenstam

Contents Include: Fersen at Versailles and in America Fersen as Colonel of "Le Royal Suedois" The Flight to Varennes, Relations with Barnave The Queen's Intervention with the Emperor and the Emigrant Princes...


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

by Arthur Bousfield & Garry Toffoli

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