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...

Published: Aug 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...

Published: Dec 2009

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 ...

Published: Dec 2006

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 ...

Published: Oct 2008

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...

Published: Oct 2006

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.

Published: May 2004

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...

Published: Nov 2008

The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II

Karen Dolby

A charming collection of quotes and anecdotes celebrating the incomparable Queen of EnglandWhen we think of the queen, we probably picture a serious, dignified personage complete with majestic hat and matching handbag. But The Wicked ...

Published: Nov 2017

Kate: The Future Queen

Katie Nicholl

Katie Nicholl, bestselling author and royal correspondent for The Mail on Sunday, gives an inside look into the life of the future Queen of England, Kate Middleton. Since becoming Duchess Catherine of Cambridge in 2011, Middleton h...

Published: Nov 2014

Diana: A Closely Guarded Secret

Inspector Ken Wharfe

Inspector Ken Wharfe, the first royalty protection officer to publish a memoir, was a crucial figure in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, for nearly seven years. He became a close friend and trusted confidant. His first-hand contr...

Published: Apr 2017

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...

Published: Oct 1999

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...

Published: May 2008

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...

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...

Published: Oct 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...

Published: Apr 2018

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...

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...

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,...

Published: Apr 2014

Shadows of a Princess

Patrick Jephson

Reissued for the twentieth anniversary of Diana's death, this sensational bestseller is an explosive account of her life, from the man who was by her side throughout its most turbulent period.In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was seen by man...

Published: Jul 2017

Behind Palace Doors: My Years with th...

Major Colin Burgess

The life of the Queen Mother was intensely secret. The most senior and best respected member of any royal family in history, she did not give one media interview in her 101 years. This affectionate and often hilarious glimpse into her...

Published: Oct 2017

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 ...

Published: Mar 2014

Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Kirstin Downey

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influent...

Published: Nov 2015

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...

Published: Feb 2011

Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Lif...

Anne Glenconner

Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal...

Published: Mar 2021

Almost Anastasia: The Life of Franzis...

Vera Green

Almost Anastasia tells the story of Franziska Schanzkowsky, the former factory worker who convinced royals, courtiers, and forensic experts that she was actually the Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Nicholas II and sole survivor o...

Published: Sep 2015

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...

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...

Published: Jan 2008

The Duchess: Camilla Parker Bowles an...

Penny Junor

The first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and her remarkable transformation from pariah to popular royal consort."Thoroughly well-written, this is a believable portrait of a woman who did not seek publicity or...

Published: Mar 2019

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...

Published: Jun 2016

Queen Victoria

Lytton Strachey

On November 6, 1817, died the Princess Charlotte, only child of the Prince Regent, and heir to the crown of England. Her short life had hardly been a happy one. By nature impulsive, capricious, and vehement, she had always longed for ...

Published: Dec 2006
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