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Behind the Veil at the Russian Court

by Catherine Radziwill

First published in 1913, "Behind the Veil at the Russian Court" is a book by Princess Catherine Radziwill, a Polish-Russian aristocrat.

Catherine Radziwill was a prominent figure at the Imperial courts in Germany...

The History of the Kings of Britain

by Geoffrey of Monmouth

First appeared in the 1130s and originally composed in Latin as "Historia regum Britanniae", "The History of the Kings of Britain" by Geoffrey of Monmouth claims to be a history of Britain’s kings from the...

Queen Margot

by Alexandre Dumas

First published in 1845, "Queen Margot" (AKA "Marguerite de Valois") is a historical novel written by French author Alexandre Dumas.

"Queen Margot" is set in Paris in August 1572 during the reign of Charles IX....


by C. Suetonious Tranquillus

Caligula is a classic biographical short story by C. Suetonious Tranquillus.

A supernatural horror tale set in ancient Rome, exploring the madness, violence, and depravity of the infamous Roman emperor, Caligula....

The History of Charles the First of England

by Jacob Abbott

"The History of Charles the First of England" is a dramatic and sweeping account from master storyteller Jacob Abbott, detailing the trials, tribulations, errors, and ultimate tragedy of Charles I (1600–1649),...


by Edmond Rostand

Written in 1900, "L'Aiglon" is a play in six acts by Edmond Rostand based on the life of Napoleon II, who was the son of Emperor Napoleon I and his second wife, Empress Marie Louise. The title of the play comes...


by Emil Ludwig

Emil Ludwig’s account of Cleopatra’s life is a brilliant psychological study of the Queen and those two men with whom her name remains forever: Caesar and Antonius. Instead of the eccentric amorous, the...

In the Days of Queen Victoria

by Eva March Tappan

This early work by Eva March Tappan was originally published in 1903. "In the Days of Queen Victoria" is a biography of Queen Victoria, the woman who became queen at eighteen and for nearly 64 years wore the...

Tuscan Countess

by Michele K. Spike

This is a fast-paced and colorful exploration of the life of Matilda of Canossa (c. 1046–1115), the woman who loved a pope and was loved by him, successfully defied the Holy Roman Emperor, and changed the...

Queen Victoria

by Lytton Strachey

Lytton Strachey´s "Queen Victoria", appeared in 1921, is the definitive biography of Britain’s greatest monarch, who “was hailed at once as the mother of her people and as the embodied symbol of their imperial...

Elizabeth and Essex

by Lytton Strachey

"Elizabeth and Essex",  biography of Elizabeth I, queen of England, was written by Lytton Strachey in 1928. In the novel, the author illuminates, in spellbinding prose, one of the most poignant affairs in history...

Mary Tudor, Queen of France

by Mary Croom Brown

Mary Croom Brown´s "Mary Tudor, Queen of France" narrates the fascinating story of Mary Tudor, the third daughter of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York and the younger sister of King Henry VIII, who...

The Conquering Family

by Thomas B. Costain

Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with THE CONQUERING FAMILY and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216.

The troubled...

The Magnificent Century

by Thomas B. Costain

THE MAGNIFICENT CENTURY covers the turbulence, romance, and pageantry of Henry III's long and tumultuous reign, from 1216 to 1272. During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable and inconsistent....

Theodora and the Emperor

by Harold Lamb

Is it possible that a peasant and a circus girl could come to rule the Roman world? This is the strange tale of the harlot empress Theodora - the eerie beauty whose name stands in history beside Helen of Troy...

The City and the Tsar: Peter the Great and the Move to the West

by Harold Lamb

Here is Russian history focussed on when her ruler, Peter the Great, turned West. The main body of the text highlights the great "new Russia" formed in the years 1648-1772. The scene shifts from Moscow in its...

The Three Edwards

by Thomas B. Costain

THE THREE EDWARDS covers the years between 1272 and 1377 when three Edwards ruled England. Edward I brought England out of the Middle Ages. Edward II had a tragic reign but gave his country Edward III, who ruled...

The Last Plantagenets

by Thomas B. Costain

Details the developments of the reigns of England's monarchs. Here are some of history's most spectacular kings and queens - and a brilliant probing of the greatest royal mystery of all time, the death of the...

The Personal Life of Queen Victoria

by Sarah A. Southall Tooley

"Mrs. Tooley, in addition to the ordinary sources of information, has been favoured with many special anecdotes and particulars of incidents in the Queen's career. This gives her book a distinct.value." —...

A Life of Napoleon Bonaparte

by Ida M. Tarbell

A Life of Napoleon Bonaparte written by Ida M. Tarbell who was an American writer. This book was published in 1901. And now republish in ebook format. We believe this work is culturally important in its original...