Biography & Autobiography - Royalty

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The Duchess

Amanda Foreman

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKLady Georgiana Spencer was the great-great-great-great-aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales, and was nearly as famous in her day. In 1774 Georgiana achieved immediate celebrity by marrying William Cavendish, f...

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Published: Aug 2008

Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Ba...

Kris Waldherr

Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, Cleopatra. Throughout history, royal women have had a distressing way of meeting bad, often gruesome, ends. All too often, even the most devious scheming and ruthless selling-out of their sisters hasn't ...

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Published: Oct 2008

Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of...

Alison Weir

Acclaimed author Alison Weir has been prolific with her books on English royalty covering everything from the Houses of York and Lancaster to the reigns of the Tudors and beyond. Now this remarkable historian brings to life the extrao...

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Published: Dec 2009

Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister ...

John Van Der Kiste

This compelling biography of Xenia uses new archive material to give us fresh insight into the last days of the Tsar family.

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Published: May 2004

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, ...

Alison Weir

Isabella arrived in London in 1308, the spirited twelve-year-old daughter of King Philip IV of France. Her marriage to the heir to England's throne was designed to heal old political wounds between the two countries, and in the years ...

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Published: Dec 2006

A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth...

Liza Campbell

A Charmed Life tells the story of Liza Camell, the last child to be born at the impressive and renowned Cawdor Castle, the same locale featured in Shakespeare's Macbeth. It was at the historical ancestral home that Liza's seemingly id...

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Published: Nov 2008

Prince Harry: The Inside Story

Duncan Larcombe

** Now updated to cover Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. **Prince Henry of Wales has emerged as the unexpected jewel in the crown of the modern British monarchy. Despite his unruly antics, for which he’s made headlines all ov...

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Published: Apr 2018

The Life of Elizabeth I

Alison Weir

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 with no one--not even her closest, most trusted ad...

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Published: Oct 1999

Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile...

Eleanor Herman

In this follow-up to her bestselling < I>Sex with Kings< >, Eleanor Herman reveals the truth about what goes on behind the closed door of the queen's boudoir. Impeccably reseached, filled with page-turning romance, passion, and scanda...

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Published: Jul 2007

Henry VIII: The King and His Court

Alison Weir

"WEIR'S BOOK OUTSHINES ALL PREVIOUS STUDIES OF HENRY. Beautifully written, exhaustive in its research, it is a gem. . . . She succeeds masterfully in making Henry and his six wives . . . come alive for the reader."–Philade...

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Published: Oct 2002

Nell Gwyn: Mistress to a King

Charles Beauclerk

Written by a direct descendant of the union between Nell Gwyn and King Charles II, Nell Gwyn tells the story of one of England's great folk heroines, a woman who rose from an impoverished, abusive childhood to become King Charles II's...

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Published: Oct 2006

The Diana Chronicles

Tina Brown

Ten years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery. Was she "the people's princess," who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, media-savvy neurotic who nearly br...

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Published: May 2008

Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Quee...

Leonie Frieda

Poisoner, despot, necromancer -- the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraor...

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Published: Mar 2006

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Wh...

Nancy Goldstone

Four Queens is a rich pageant of glamour, intrigue, and feminine power at a time when women were thought to have played limited roles. In thirteenth-century Europe, four sisters from a single family-Marguerite, Eleanor, Sanchia, and B...

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Published: Mar 2008

Elizabeth and Leicester: The Truth ab...

Sarah Gristwood

Though the story has been told on film—and whispered in historic gossip—this is the first book in almost fifty years to solely explore the great queen's attachment to her beloved Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Fueled by sca...

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Published: Oct 2008

Royal Babylon: The Alarming History o...

Karl Shaw

From the madness of King George to the equine escapades of Catherine the Great, from the intramural squabbles of Elizabeth and Di to the staggeringly decadent exploits of Charles X: in this gossipy chronicle of regal shenanigans, Brit...

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Published: May 2001

A Brief History of British Kings and ...

Michael Ashley

In one portable volume, A Brief History of British Kings and Queens offers a royal biographical A–Z, its pages lavish in details on all the rulers of the kingdoms within the British Isles, together with their wives or consorts, pret...

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Published: Jan 2003

Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal H...

Kate Hubbard

Based on the letters and diaries of six members of Queen Victoria's household, Serving Victoria offers unique insight into the queen and her court. Seen through the eyes of her servants—including the governess to the royal children,...

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Published: Apr 2014

The Queen's Agent: Francis Walsingham...

John Cooper

A captivating exploits of Sir Francis Walsingham—the first great English spymaster and the man who saved Elizabeth I's regime.Elizabeth I came to the throne at a time of insecurity and unrest. Rivals threatened her reign; England ...

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Published: Mar 2014

Kings & Queens: The History of the Br...

Anita Ganeri

Kings & Queens, part of our exciting new series of Haynes Pocket Manuals for children, provides information, facts and figures on all the kings and queens of England, from William I (1066-1087) to Elizabeth II (1952-present), includin...

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Published: Feb 2011

Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter:...

Lucinda Hawksley

Spirited and lively, Queen Victoria's Mysterious Daughter is richly packed with arguments, intrigues, scandals, and secrets, and is a vivid portrait of a princess desperate to escape her inheritance.The secrets of Queen Victoria's six...

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Published: Aug 2017

Princess Masako: The Tragic True Stor...

Ben Hills

The tragic true story of Japan's Crown Princess-with a new afterword by the author. IIt's the fantasy of many young women: marry a handsome prince, move into a luxurious palace, and live happily ever after. But that's not how it turn...

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Published: Jan 2008

A Great and Terrible King: Edward I a...

Marc Morris

The first major biography of a truly formidable king, whose reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale. Edward I is familiar to millions as "L...

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Published: Jun 2016

Not In Front of the Corgis: Secrets o...

Brian Hoey

What is the world's most famous family really like when it is out of the public gaze? This is the inside story of the royal family through the eyes of those who know them best; a sneak peek behind the curtains to reveal what they real...

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Published: Jun 2013

Driving the Saudis: A Chauffeur's Tal...

Jayne Amelia Larson

An Upstairs, Downstairs, true-life fable for our global times, this memoir tells the funny and surprising tale of weeks spent as chauffeur to the Saudi royal family during one decadent Beverly Hills vacation. After more than a decade...

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Published: Oct 2013

The Lost King of France: How DNA Solv...

Deborah Cadbury

Louis-Charles, Duc de Normandie, enjoyed a charmed early childhood in the gilded palace of Versailles. At the age of four, he became the dauphin, heir to the most powerful throne in Europe. Yet within five years he was to lose everyt...

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Published: Oct 2003

Victoria's Daughters

Jerrold M. Packard

Five women who shared one of the most extraordinary and privileged sisterhoods of all time...Vicky, Alice, Helena, Louise, and Beatrice were historically unique sisters, born to a sovereign who ruled over a quarter of the earth's peop...

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Published: Dec 1999

Royal Pains: A Rogues' Gallery of Bra...

Leslie Carroll

The author of Notorious Royal Marriages presents some of history's boldest, baddest, and bawdiest royals. The bad seeds on the family trees of the most powerful royal houses of Europe often became the most rotten of apples: über-vio...

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Published: Mar 2011

The Royals

Kitty Kelley

The author of best-selling biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, and Nancy Reagan draws on more than one thousand face-to-face interviews to present a revelatory biography of Britain's embattled House of Wind...

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Published: Oct 2010

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

Amanda Foreman

This biography of Georgiana Cavendish reveals the important role she played in the social and political circle of Whigs in 17th-century England. It shows her to be a woman of high influence but also one caught up in scandalous behavio...

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Published: Jan 2001
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