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“What are the best books about The Royal Family & Monarchy?” We looked at 273 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 50 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Royal Family” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appeared. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 50 Royal Family Books



50 .) A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 3
  • Heroes and Heartbreakers

London, 1932. Poor Lady Georgiana—thirty-fourth in line to the throne—has nothing to serve her Bavarian princess houseguest, even though the Queen of England has requested that she entertain her. Then there’s the matter of the body in the bookshop and the princess’s unwitting involvement with the Communist party. It’s enough to drive a girl mad…

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49 .) Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen by Joanna Denny

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

This powerful new biography presents a portrait of Anne Boleyn different from the unsavory and unflattering accounts of her that have come down through history. Instead, we learn about the real Anne-a woman who was highly literate, accomplished, an intellectual, and a devout defender of her Protestant faith. Anne’s tragedy began when her looks and vivacious charm attracted the notice of England’s violent and paranoid king whose love for her trapped her in the vicious politics of the Tudor court. This compelling account of Anne Boleyn plunges the reader into the intrigue, romance, and danger of King Henry VIII’s court and the turbulent times that would change England forever. It will forever change our perception of this much-maligned queen.

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48 .) Becoming Queen Victoria by Kate Williams

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads

“In 1819, a girl was born to the fourth son of King George III. No one could have expected such an unassuming, overprotected girl to be an effective ruler—yet Queen Victoria would become one of the most powerful monarchs in history.

Writing with novelistic flair and historical precision, Kate Williams reveals a vibrant woman in the prime of her life, while chronicling the byzantine machinations that continued even after the crown was placed on her head. Upon hearing that she had inherited the throne, eighteen-year-old Victoria banished her overambitious mother from the room, a simple yet resolute move that would set the tone for her reign. The queen clashed constantly not only with her mother and her mother’s adviser, the Irish adventurer John Conroy, but with her ministers and even her beloved Prince Albert—all of whom attempted to seize control from her.”

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47 .) Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?”

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46 .) Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy by David Starkey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Monarchy

“From one of our finest historians comes an outstanding exploration of the British monarchy from the retreat of the Romans up until the modern day. This compendium volume of two earlier books is fully revised and updated.

The monarchy is one of Britain’s most revered institutions – but also one of its most tumultuous. In Crown and Country, David Starkey charts its rollercoaster history from earliest times to the present; from the courtly love of the Middle Ages, through the turbulent reign of the Tudors, to the chaos of the Civil War.”

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45 .) Diana by Sarah Bradford

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  • Goodreads 3
  • Royal Central

An icon remembered in death as vividly as she appeared in life, Diana, Princess of Wales, is one of the most enduring personalities of the twentieth century-and one of the most enigmatic. With exclusive access to all those closest to Diana, Sarah Bradford now casts aside the gossip and lies and takes us to the very heart of the royal family to separate the myth from the truth of the Diana years. With the authority missing from previous accounts, as well as remarkable new sources, Diana delivers a complex and explosive look at a woman who continues to fascinate.

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44 .) Edward VI: The Lost King of England by Chris Skidmore

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“Henry VIII’s death in January 1547 marked the end of a political giant whose reign had dominated his kingdom with an iron grip for thirty-eight years. Few could remember an England without him—certainly little had remained untouched: the monasteries and friaries had been ripped down, the Pope’s authority discarded, and new authoritarian laws had been introduced that placed his subjects under constant fear of death.

Edward came to the throne promising a new start; the harsh legislation of his father’s was repealed and the country’s social and economic problems approached with greater sensitivity. Yet the early hope and promise he offered soon turned sour. Despite the terms of Henry’s will, real power had gone to just one man—the Protector, Edward’s uncle, the Duke of Somerset, and there were violent struggles for power, headed by the duke’s own brother, Thomas Seymour.

Chris Skidmore reveals how the countrywide rebellions of 1549 were orchestrated by the plotters at court and were all connected to the burning issue of religion: Henry VIII had left England in a religious limbo. Court intrigue, deceit, and treason very nearly plunged the country into civil war. The stability that the Tudors had sought to achieve came close to being torn apart in the six years of Edward’s reign.”

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43 .) Elizabeth I by Margaret George

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  • Goodreads 3
  • Lit Reactor

“England’s greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was the Virgin Queen really like? Lettice Knollys—Elizabeth’s flame-haired, look-alike coussin—thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth’s rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth’s throne, Lettice has been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood.

This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family. Their rivalry, and its ensuing drama, soon involves everyone close to Elizabeth, from the famed courtiers who enriched the crown to the legendary poets and playwrights who paid homage to it with their works. “

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42 .) George VI by Sarah Bradford

Lists It Appears On:

  • Monarchy
  • Royal Central

The definitive biography of George VI, the hero of The King’s Speech George VI reigned through taxing times. Acceding to the throne upon his brother’s abdication, he was immediately confronted with the turmoil in European politics leading up to the Second World War, then the War itself, followed by a period of austerity, social transformation and loss of Empire. George was unprepared for kingship, suffering from a stammer which could make public occasions very painful for him. Moreover he had grown up in the shadow of his brother, a man who had been idolized as no royal prince has been, before or since. However, as Sarah Bradford shows in this sympathetic biography, although George was not born to be king, he died a great one. ‘A triumph … Sarah Bradford looks set to inherit Lady Longford’s mantle as royal biographer supreme’ Mail on Sunday ‘Lucid, convincing and admirably fair ..

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41 .) Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power and celebrated for his intellect, presided over one of the most magnificent–and dangerous–courts in Renaissance Europe. Never before has a detailed, personal biography of this charismatic monarch been set against the cultural, social, and political background of his glittering court. Now Alison Weir, author of the finest royal chronicles of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of the King. Packed with colorful description, meticulous in historical detail, rich in pageantry, intrigue, passion, and luxury, Weir brilliantly renders King Henry VIII, his court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. The result is an absolutely spellbinding read.

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40 .) Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir

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  • Goodreads 3
  • Lit Reactor

“I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.

Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir’s enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey–“the Nine Days’ Queen”–a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.

The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn’s beheading and the demise of Jane’s infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane’s adolescent cousin, and Henry’s successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor.

Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.”

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39 .) Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

New York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sister to Queen Anne as well as mistress to Anne’s husband, Henry VIII—and one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. Making use of extensive original research, Weir shares revelations on the ambitious Boleyn family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. Unraveling the truth about Mary’s much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King François I, Weir also explores Mary’s role at the English court and how she became Henry VIII’s lover. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary’s notorious reputation. With new and compelling evidence, Weir presents the most conclusive answer to date on the paternity of Mary’s children, long speculated to have been Henry VIII’s progeny.

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38 .) Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Royal Historian

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn—author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books—Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts. Reminiscent of Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader, this lively, wonderfully inventive romp takes readers into the mind of the grand matriarch of Britain’s Royal Family, bringing us an endearing runaway Queen Elizabeth on the town—and leading us behind the Buckingham Palace walls and into the upstairs/downstairs spaces of England’s monarchy.

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37 .) Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life by Sally Bedell Smith

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Sally Bedell Smith returns once again to the British royal family to give us a new look at Prince Charles, the oldest heir to the throne in more than three hundred years. This vivid, eye-opening biography—the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more, some speaking on the record for the first time—is the first authoritative treatment of Charles’s life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day.

Prince Charles brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. It begins with his lonely childhood, in which he struggled to live up to his father’s expectations and sought companionship from the Queen Mother and his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten. It follows him through difficult years at school, his early love affairs, his intellectual quests, his entrepreneurial pursuits, and his intense search for spiritual meaning. It tells of the tragedy of his marriage to Diana; his eventual reunion with his true love, Camilla; and his relationships with William, Kate, Harry, and his grandchildren.”

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36 .) Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times by Sarah Bradford

Lists It Appears On:

  • Monarchy
  • Royal Central

From Sarah Bradford, the best-selling author of George VI, Elizabeth and Diana, the definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth II, to tie in with the Diamond Jubilee. Elizabeth II has lived through the Abdication, the Blitz and World War Two, the sex and spy scandals of the swinging sixties, the Cold War and the nuclear threat and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. She has known 11 US Presidents including JFK and Ronald Reagan, and other world leaders like President Mandela and Pope John XXII. Her Prime Ministers have ranged from Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher to David Cameron, the last only ten years older than her grandson. Her own family experiences, a mixture of happiness and crisis, weddings and divorces, and, in the case of Diana, violent death, have been lived in the glare of tabloid headlines. More than 2 billion people watched the wedding of her grandson Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2010 shortly before she made the first State Visit to Ireland by a British monarch for 100 years.

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35 .) Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir

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  • Goodreads
  • Medievalists

In this vibrant biography, acclaimed author Alison Weir reexamines the life of Isabella of England, one of history’s most notorious and charismatic queens. 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 that followed she became an important figure, a determined and clever woman whose influence would come to last centuries. Many myths and legends have been woven around Isabella’s story, but in this first full biography in more than 150 years, Alison Weir gives a groundbreaking new perspective.

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34 .) Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I by Tracy Joanne Borman

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  • Goodreads
  • Medievalists

“Around the year 1049, William, Duke of Normandy and future conqueror of England, raced to the palace of Baldwin V, Count of Flanders. The count’s eldest daughter, Matilda, had refused William’s offer of marriage and publicly denounced him as a bastard. Encountering the young woman, William furiously dragged her to the ground by her hair and beat her mercilessly. Matilda’s outraged father immediately took up arms on his daughter’s behalf. But just a few days later, Baldwin was aghast when Matilda, still recovering from the assault, announced that she would marry none but William, since “he must be a man of great courage and high daring” to have ventured to “come and beat me in my own father’s palace.”

Thus began the tempestuous marriage of Matilda of Flanders and William the Conqueror. While William’s exploits and triumphs have been widely chronicled, his consort remains largely overlooked. Now, in her groundbreaking Queen of the Conqueror, acclaimed author and historian Tracy Borman weaves together a comprehensive and illuminating tapestry of this noble woman who stood only four-foot-two and whose role as the first crowned Queen of England had a large and lasting influence on the English monarchy.”

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33 .) Queen Victoria, A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert

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  • Goodreads
  • Royal Central

In this surprising new life of Victoria, Christopher Hibbert, master of the telling anecdote and peerless biographer of England’s great leaders, paints a fresh and intimate portrait of the woman who shaped a century. His Victoria is not only the formidable, demanding, capricious queen of popular imagination—she is also often shy, diffident, and vulnerable, prone to giggling fits and crying jags. Often censorious when confronted with her mother’s moral lapses, she herself could be passionately sensual, emotional, and deeply sentimental. Ascending to the throne at age eighteen, Victoria ruled for sixty-four years—an astounding length for any world leader. During her reign, she dealt with conflicts ranging from royal quarrels to war in Crimea and rebellion in India. She saw monarchs fall, empires crumble, new continents explored, and England grow into a dominant global and industrial power. This personal history is a compelling look at the complex woman whom, until now, we only thought we knew.

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32 .) Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 3

“No one in history had a more eventful career in matrimony than Henry VIII. His marriages were daring and tumultuous, and made instant legends of six very different women. In this remarkable study, David Starkey argues that the king was not a depraved philanderer but someone seeking happiness — and a son. Knowingly or not, he elevateda group of women to extraordinary heights and changed the way a nation was governed.

Six Wives is a masterful work of history that intimately examines the rituals of diplomacy, marriage, pregnancy, and religion that were part of daily life for women at the Tudor Court. Weaving new facts and fresh interpretations into a spellbinding account of the emotional drama surrounding Henry’s six marriages, David Starkey reveals the central role that the queens played in determining policy. With an equally keen eye for romantic and political intrigue, he brilliantly recaptures the story of Henry’s wives and the England they ruled.”

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31 .) The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king’s decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court.

Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England.

Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry’s eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free and her passions run hot—though her affections may not be returned upon the King. “

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30 .) The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“At his death in 1547, King Henry VIII left four heirs to the English throne: his only son, the nine-year-old Prince Edward; the Lady Mary, the adult daughter of his first wife Katherine of Aragon; the Lady Elizabeth, the teenage daughter of his second wife Anne Boleyn; and his young great-niece, the Lady Jane Grey. In this riveting account Alison Weir paints a unique portrait of these extraordinary rulers, examining their intricate relationships to each other and to history. She traces the tumult that followed Henry’s death, from the brief intrigue-filled reigns of the boy king Edward VI and the fragile Lady Jane Grey, to the savagery of “”Bloody Mary,”” and finally the accession of the politically adroit Elizabeth I.

As always, Weir offers a fresh perspective on a period that has spawned many of the most enduring myths in English history, combining the best of the historian’s and the biographer’s art.”

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29 .) The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown

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  • Bookriot
  • Goodreads 2

In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: Diana’s sexually charged mother, her scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but finally came to terms with, and bad-girl Fergie, her sister-in-law, who concealed wounds of her own. Most formidable of them all was her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate “other woman” into this combustible mix, and it’s no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

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28 .) The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi

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  • Bookriot
  • Goodreads 2

“This official film tie-in is written by London Sunday Times journalist Peter Conradi and Mark Logue–grandson of Lionel Logue, one of the movie’s central characters.

It’s the eve of World War II, and King Edward VIII has abdicated the throne of England to marry the woman he loves. Never has the nation needed a leader more. But the new monarch, George VI–father of today’s Queen Elizabeth II–is painfully shy and cursed with a terrible stammer. How can he inspire confidence in his countrymen when he cannot even speak to them? Help arrives in speech therapist Logue, who not only is a commoner, but Australian to boot. Will he be able to give King George his voice? “

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27 .) The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England’s most intriguing and powerful queen.

Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King Henry VIII, have stopped referring to her as “Lady Princess” and now call her “the Lady Elizabeth.” Before she is three, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn, and that she herself has been declared illegitimate, an injustice that will haunt her.

What comes next is a succession of stepmothers, bringing with them glimpses of love, fleeting security, tempestuous conflict, and tragedy. The death of her father puts the teenage Elizabeth in greater peril, leaving her at the mercy of ambitious and unscrupulous men. Like her mother two decades earlier she is imprisoned in the Tower of London–and fears she will also meet her mother’s grisly end. Power-driven politics, private scandal and public gossip, a disputed succession, and the grievous example of her sister, “Bloody” Queen Mary, all cement Elizabeth’s resolve in matters of statecraft and love, and set the stage for her transformation into the iconic Virgin Queen. “

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26 .) The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“When the young and beautiful Jacquetta is married to the older Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke’s squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke’s death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta has visions of the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of their royal York rivals. Jacquetta fights for her king and queen, as she sees an extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a change of fortune, the white rose of York, and the throne of England…”

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25 .) The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Fleeing violent rebellions in Scotland, Mary looks to Queen Elizabeth of England for sanctuary. Though promised protection, Mary, perceived as a serious threat to the English crown, is soon imprisoned by her former friend as a “guest” in the house of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomes the condemned queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court.

To their horror, they grow to realize that the task will bankrupt their estate and lose them what little favor they’ve managed to gain as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. And Mary is not as hopeless as she appears, manipulating the earl and spinning her own web of treachery and deceit, as she sharpens her weapons to reclaim her Scottish throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s of England.”

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24 .) The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

The first Plantagenet king inherited a blood-soaked kingdom from the Normans and transformed it into an empire stretched at its peak from Scotland to Jerusalem. In this epic history, Dan Jones vividly resurrects this fierce and seductive royal dynasty and its mythic world. We meet the captivating Eleanor of Aquitaine, twice queen and the most famous woman in Christendom; her son, Richard the Lionheart, who fought Saladin in the Third Crusade; and King John, a tyrant who was forced to sign Magna Carta, which formed the basis of our own Bill of Rights. This is the era of chivalry, of Robin Hood and the Knights Templar, the Black Death, the founding of Parliament, the Black Prince, and the Hundred Year’s War.

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23 .) The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

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  • English History
  • Heroes and Heartbreakers

The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by American author Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada, before its 1882 publication in the United States. The novel represents Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.

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22 .) The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

Winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee with her father from their home in Spain. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee; she has the gift of “Sight,” the ability to foresee the future, priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward’s protector, who brings her to court as a “holy fool” for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth. Hired as a fool but working as a spy; promised in wedlock but in love with her master; endangered by the laws against heresy, treason, and witchcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are inextricably bound up with her own yearnings and desires.

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21 .) The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her Lancaster house is the true ruler of England, and that she has a great destiny before her. Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York’s daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and awaits his opportunity to win the greatest prize in all of England.

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20 .) The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

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  • Goodreads 3
  • Heroes and Heartbreakers

“American Bex Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it’s adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall – and Bex who finds herself accidentally in love with the heir to the British throne.

Nick is wonderful, but he comes with unimaginable baggage: a complicated family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a Brit. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex looks back on how much she’s had to give up for true love… and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.”

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19 .) The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

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  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads 3

“Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives—King Henry VIII—commands her to marry him.

Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent.

But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry’s dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy—the punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrant…”

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18 .) The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty by G.J. Meyer

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  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer provides a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty—and some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. In 1485, Henry Tudor, whose claim to the English throne was so weak as to be almost laughable, nevertheless sailed from France with a ragtag army to take the crown from the family that had ruled England for almost four centuries. Fifty years later, his son, Henry VIII, aimed to seize even greater powers—ultimately leaving behind a brutal legacy that would blight the lives of his children and the destiny of his country. Edward VI, a fervent believer in reforming the English church, died before realizing his dream. Mary I, the disgraced daughter of Catherine of Aragon, tried and failed to reestablish the Catholic Church and produce an heir, while Elizabeth I sacrificed all chance of personal happiness in order to survive.

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17 .) The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

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  • Goodreads 3
  • Heroes and Heartbreakers

When her corgis stray into a mobile library parked near Buckingham Palace, the Queen feels duty-bound to borrow a book. Discovering the joy of reading widely (from J. R. Ackerley, Jean Genet, and Ivy Compton-Burnett to the classics) and intelligently, she finds that her view of the world changes dramatically. Abetted in her newfound obsession by Norman, a young man from the royal kitchens, the Queen comes to question the prescribed order of the world and loses patience with the routines of her role as monarch. Her new passion for reading initially alarms the palace staff and soon leads to surprising and very funny consequences for the country at large.

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16 .) The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir

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Lancaster and York. For much of the fifteenth century, these two families were locked in battle for control of the English throne. Kings were murdered and deposed. Armies marched on London. Old noble names were ruined while rising dynasties seized power and lands. The war between the royal houses of Lancaster and York, the most complex in English history, profoundly altered the course of the monarchy. Alison Weir, one of the foremost authorities on British history, brings brilliantly to life both the war itself and the larger-tha-life figures who fought it on the great stage of England. The Wars of the Roses is history at its very best—swift and compelling, rich in character, pageantry, and drama, and vivid in its re-creation of an astonishing period of history.

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15 .) The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

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“The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.

Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition. Her mother is Jacquetta, also known as the mystical lady of the rivers, and she is even more determined to bring power and wealth to the family line. While riding in the woods one day, Elizabeth captures the attentions of the newly crowned King Edward IV and, despite her common upbringing, marries him in secret.

When she is raised up to be his queen, the English court is outraged, but Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for her family’s dominance. Yet despite her best efforts, and even with the help of her mother’s powers, her two sons become pawns in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.”

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14 .) We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill

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“It was the most influential marriage of the nineteenth century–and one of history’ s most enduring love stories. Traditional biographies tell us that Queen Victoria inherited the throne as a naïve teenager, when the British Empire was at the height of its power, and seemed doomed to find failure as a monarch and misery as a woman until she married her German cousin Albert and accepted him as her lord and master. Now renowned chronicler Gillian Gill turns this familiar story on its head, revealing a strong, feisty queen and a brilliant, fragile prince working together to build a family based on support, trust, and fidelity, qualities neither had seen much of as children. The love affair that emerges is far more captivating, complex, and relevant than that depicted in any previous account.

The epic relationship began poorly. The cousins first met as teenagers for a few brief, awkward, chaperoned weeks in 1836. At seventeen, charming rather than beautiful, Victoria already “showed signs of wanting her own way.” Albert, the boy who had been groomed for her since birth, was chubby, self-absorbed, and showed no interest in girls, let alone this princess. So when they met again in 1839 as queen and presumed prince-consort-to-be, neither had particularly high hopes. But the queen was delighted to discover a grown man, refined, accomplished, and whiskered. “Albert is beautiful!” Victoria wrote, and she proposed just three days later.”

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13 .) Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life by Philip Eade

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`The narrative is as suspenseful as any thriller. Truly, an excellent read’ Lynn Barber, Sunday TimesMarried for almost seventy years to the most famous woman in the world, Prince Philip is the longest-serving royal consort in British history. Yet his origins have remained curiously shrouded in obscurity.In the first book to focus exclusively on his life before the coronation, acclaimed biographer Philip Eade uncovers the extraordinary story of the prince’s turbulent upbringing in Greece, France and Nazi Germany, during which his mother spent five years in a secure psychiatric clinic and his father left him to be brought up by his Mountbatten relations in England just when he needed him most.Remarkably the young prince emerged from this unsettled background a character of singular vitality and dash – self-confident, capable, famously opinionated and devastatingly handsome. Girls fell at his feet, and the princess who was to become his wife was smitten from the age of thirteen.Yet alongside the considerable charm and intelligence, the prince was also prone to volcanic outbursts and to putting his foot in it. Detractors perceived in his behaviour emotional shortcomings, a legacy of his traumatic childhood, which would have profound consequences for his family and the future of the monarchy.Published to coincide with the prince’s ninetieth birthday and containing new material from interviews, archives and film footage, this revelatory biography is the most complete and compelling account yet of his storm-tossed early life.

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12 .) Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir

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With astonishing historic detail, mesmerizing pageantry, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, Weir recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era. 441p plus a readers guide for discussion.

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11 .) Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

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“From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object of unparalleled scrutiny. But through the fog of glamour and gossip, how well do we really know the world’s most famous monarch? Drawing on numerous interviews and never-before-revealed documents, acclaimed biographer Sally Bedell Smith pulls back the curtain to show in intimate detail the public and private lives of Queen Elizabeth II, who has led her country and Commonwealth through the wars and upheavals of the last sixty years with unparalleled composure, intelligence, and grace.

In Elizabeth the Queen, we meet the young girl who suddenly becomes “heiress presumptive” when her uncle abdicates the throne. We meet the thirteen-year-old Lilibet as she falls in love with a young navy cadet named Philip and becomes determined to marry him, even though her parents prefer wealthier English aristocrats. We see the teenage Lilibet repairing army trucks during World War II and standing with Winston Churchill on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on V-E Day. We see the young Queen struggling to balance the demands of her job with her role as the mother of two young children. Sally Bedell Smith brings us inside the palace doors and into the Queen’s daily routines—the “red boxes” of documents she reviews each day, the weekly meetings she has had with twelve prime ministers, her physically demanding tours abroad, and the constant scrutiny of the press—as well as her personal relationships: with Prince Philip, her husband of sixty-four years and the love of her life; her children and their often-disastrous marriages; her grandchildren and friends.”

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10 .) Queens Consort: England’s Medieval Queens by Lisa Hilton

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England’s medieval queens were elemental in shaping the history of the nation. In an age where all politics were family politics, dynastic marriages placed English queens at the very center of power―the king’s bed. From Matilda of Flanders, William the Conqueror’s queen, to Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor consort, England’s queens fashioned the nature of monarchy and influenced the direction of the state. Occupying a unique position in the mercurial, often violent world of medieval politics, these queens had to negotiate a role that combined tremendous influence with terrifying vulnerability.

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9 .) She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

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In the tradition of Antonia Fraser, David Starkey, and Alison Weir, prize-winning historian Helen Castor delivers a compelling, eye-opening examination of women and power in England, witnessed through the lives of six women who exercised power against all odds—and one who never got the chance. Exploring the narratives of the Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and other “she-wolves,” as well as that of the Nine Days’ Queen, Lady Jane Grey, Castor invokes a magisterial discussion of how much—and how little—has changed through the centuries.

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8 .) The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by Margaret George

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7 .) The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

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“Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. The young lovers revel in each other’s company and plan the England they will make together. But tragically, aged only fifteen, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his sixteen-year-old bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother, Henry; become Queen; and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law’s desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life. Then, like her warrior mother, Katherine must take to the battlefield and save England when its old enemies the Scots come over the border and there is no one to stand against them but the new Queen.”

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6 .) The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

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Drawing on myriad sources from the Tudor era, bestselling author Alison Weir provides the first book ever to examine, in unprecedented depth, the gripping story of Anne Boleyn’s final days. The Lady in the Tower explores the motives and intrigues of those who helped to seal the queen’s fate, unraveling the tragic tale of Anne’s fall, from her miscarriage of the son who would have saved her to the final, dramatic scene on the scaffold. What emerges is an extraordinary portrayal of a woman of great courage, tested to the extreme by the terrible plight in which she found herself, a powerful queen whose enemies were bent on utterly destroying her. Horrifying but captivating, The Lady in the Tower presents the full array of evidence of Anne Boleyn’s guilt—and innocence. Only in Alison Weir’s capable hands can readers learn the truth about the fate of one of the most influential and fascinating figures in English history.

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5 .) The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

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“Perhaps the most influential sovereign England has ever known, Queen Elizabeth I reigned prosperously for more than forty years, from 1558 until her death in 1603. During her rule, however, she remained an extremely private person, keeping her own counsel and sharing secrets with no one–not even her closest, most trusted advisors. Now, in this brilliantly researched, fascinating new book, acclaimed biographer Alison Weir brings the enigmatic figure of Elizabeth 1 to life as never before.

Here are provocative new interpretations and fresh insights on the intimacy between Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, who rose from Master of the Horse to become Earl of Leicester; the imprisonment and execution of Elizabeth’s rival, Mary Stuart; Elizabeth’s clash with Philip of Spain, once her suitor and then her enemy; and the cruel betrayal of her beloved Essex.

Against a lavish backdrop of pageantry and passion, intrigue and war, Weir dispels the myths surrounding Elizabeth I and examines the contradictions of her character, exploring complex questions. Elizabeth I loved the Earl of Leicester, but did she conspire to murder his wife? She called herself the Virgin Queen, but how chaste was she through dozens of liaisons? She never married, but was her choice to remain single tied to the chilling fate of her mother, Anne Boleyn?

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4 .) The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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“When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

With more than one million copies in print and adapted for the big screen, The Other Boleyn Girl is a riveting historical drama. It brings to light a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and survived a treacherous political landscape by following her heart.”

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3 .) The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

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The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life. Catherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured and innocent woman naively unaware of the court intrigues that determined her fate; Catherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Catherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

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2 .) The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser

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The New York Times bestselling history of the legendary six wives of Henry VIII–from the acclaimed author of Marie Antoinette. Under Antonia Fraser’s intent scrutiny, Catherine of Aragon emerges as a scholar-queen who steadfastly refused to grant a divorce to her royal husband; Anne Boleyn is absolved of everything but a sharp tongue and an inability to produce a male heir; and Catherine Parr is revealed as a religious reformer with the good sense to tack with the treacherous winds of the Tudor court. And we gain fresh understanding of Jane Seymour’s circumspect wisdom, the touching dignity of Anna of Cleves, and the youthful naivete that led to Katherine Howard’s fatal indiscretions. The Wives of Henry VIII interweaves passion and power, personality and politics, into a superb work of history.

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1 .) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

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511415: Henry V’s Year Of GloryIan MortimerGoodreads
52A Dangerous InheritanceAlison Weir
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53A Great and Terrible King: …Marc MorrisGoodreads
54A Royal Affair: George III and His Scandalous SiblingsStella Tillyard
Goodreads 2
55A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George IIIJanice Hadlow
Goodreads 2
56A TUDOR TRAGEDY: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CATHERINE HOWARDLacey Baldwin Smith
English History
57Abundance: A Novel of Marie AntoinetteSena Jeter Naslund
Royal Historian
58Aliénor d’AquitaineRégine PernoudGoodreads
59Anne BoleynCarolly EricksonGoodreads
60Anne BoleynNorah LoftsGoodreads
61April Queen: Eleanor of Aqu…Douglas BoydGoodreads
62Ask Sir JamesMichaela ReidFive Books
63Authorised Book of the Royal FamilyR. Allison & S. RiddellMonarchy
64Bad Princess: True Tales From Behind the TiaraKris WaldherrRoyalty
65Battle RoyalKirsty McLeod
Royal Central
66Behind Palace DoorsMajor Colin Burgess
Royal Central
67Bloody MaryCarolly EricksonGoodreads
68Britain’s Royal Families: T…Alison WeirGoodreads
69By ArrangementMadeline Hunter
Heroes and Heartbreakers
70Caesar’s Footprints – A Cultural Excursion to Ancient France: Journeys Through Roman GaulBijan OmraniRoyalty
71Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of AquitaineAlison Weir
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72
Charles and Camilla Portrait of a Love Story
Royal Central
73Chips – The Diaries of Sir Henry ChannonSir Henry ChannonFive Books
74Cnut: The North Sea KingRyan LavelleRoyalty
75Counting One’s Blessings
Royal Central
76Dark AngelsKarleen Koen
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77DEATH OF THE FOX: A NOVEL OF ELIZABETH AND RALEIGHGeorge Garrett
English History
78Debrett’s Kings and Queens of BritainDavid WilliamsonMonarchy
79Debrett’s Kings and Queens of EuropeDavid WilliamsonMonarchy
80Democratic Royalism: The Transformation of the British Monarchy, 1861-1914William M. KuhnMonarchy
81Diana: Her True Story in Her Own WordsAndrew Morton
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82Dignified and Efficient: The British Monarchy in the Twentieth CenturyCharles Douglas-HomeMonarchy
83Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee WardrobeAngela KellyMonarchy
84Edward IMichael PrestwichGoodreads
85Edward II: The Unconvention…Kathryn WarnerGoodreads
86Edward IIIW. Mark OrmrodGoodreads
87Edward IV: Glorious Son of YorkJeffrey JamesRoyalty
88Edward VII: The Last Victor…Christopher HibbertGoodreads
89Eleanor of Aquitaine and th…Amy KellyGoodreads
90Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Bio…Marion MeadeGoodreads
91ElizabethSarah Bradford
Royal Central
92Elizabeth & Leicester: Powe…Sarah GristwoodGoodreads
93ELIZABETH AND ESSEX: A TRAGIC HISTORYLytton Strachey
English History
94ELIZABETH AND THE PRINCE OF SPAINMargaret Irwin
English History
95Elizabeth IAnne SomersetGoodreads
96ELIZABETH I: COLLECTED WORKS
English History
97Elizabeth II and the House of WindsorRobert LaceyMonarchy
98Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldAlison Weir
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99Elizabeth The Queen MotherHugo Vickers
Royal Central
100ELIZABETH TUDOR: PORTRAIT OF A QUEENLacey Baldwin Smith
English History
101ELIZABETH, CAPTIVE PRINCESSMargaret Irwin
English History
102Elizabeth: Her Life, Our TimesAlan TitchmarshBookriot
103Elizabeth: The Forgotten YearsJohn Guy
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104Elizabeth: The Struggle for…David StarkeyGoodreads
105Empress Matilda: Queen Cons…Marjorie ChibnallGoodreads
106England in the Age of Chivalry… and Awful Diseases: The Hundred Years’ War and Black DeathEd WestRoyalty
107ENTERED FROM THE SUN: THE MURDER OF MARLOWEGeorge Garrett
English History
108ERASMUS AND THE AGE OF REFORMATIONJohan Huizinga
English History
109Fears of Henry IV: The Life…Ian MortimerGoodreads
110Genghis Khan: Creating the Mongol EmpireBarbara M. LindeRoyalty
111George I: The Lucky KingTim BlanningRoyalty
112George III: A Personal HistoryChristopher HibbertGoodreads
113Godfrey of Bouillon: Duke of Lower Lotharingia, Ruler of Latin Jerusalem, c. 1060-1100Simon JohnRoyalty
114Great HarryCarolly EricksonGoodreads
115Harold: The Last Anglo-Saxo…Ian W. WalkerGoodreads
116Henry IIWilfred Lewis WarrenGoodreads
117Henry III: The Great King England Never Knew It HadDarren BakerRoyalty
118Henry IVChris Given-WilsonGoodreads
119Henry VIII: Man and MonarchSusan DoranGoodreads
120HENRY VIII: THE MASK OF ROYALTYLacey Baldwin Smith
English History
121Her Majesty: The Court of Q…Robert HardmanGoodreads
122Her Royal SpynessRhys Bowen
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123I, ElizabethRosalind Miles
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124Imperial Crimea: Estates, Enchantments and the Last of the RomanovsCoryne Hall, Greg King, Penny Wilson, & Sue WoolmansRoyalty
125In the Shadow of the CrownJean Plaidy
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126Isabella of France: The Reb…Kathryn WarnerGoodreads
127James I: The Phoenix KingThomas CogswellRoyalty
128Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady RochfordJulia Fox
Goodreads 3
129KateSean Smith
Royal Central
130Katherine of Aragón, The True QueenAlison Weir
Goodreads 3
131Katherine Swynford: The Sto…Alison WeirGoodreads
132Katherine the Queen: The Re…Linda PorterGoodreads
133King George VKenneth RoseFive Books
134King Harald’s SagaSnorri SturlusonGoodreads
135King JohnWilfred Lewis WarrenGoodreads
136King Rufus: The Life and My…Emma MasonGoodreads
137Kings and Queens of EnglandAntonia FraserGoodreads
138Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mys…Eric IvesGoodreads
139LegacySusan Kay
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140Lines of Succession Handbook: Heraldry of the Royal Families of EuropeJiri Louda & Michael MaclagenMonarchy
141Lionheart and Lackland: Kin…Frank McLynnGoodreads
142Lord of My HeartJo Beverley
Heroes and Heartbreakers
143Mademoiselle BoleynRobin Maxwell
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144Margaret Tudor, Queen of ScotsSarah-Beth WatkinsRoyalty
145Mary Queen of Scotland and The IslesMargaret George
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146Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord DarnleyAlison Weir
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147Mary Queen of Scots’ DownfallRobert StedallRoyalty
148Mary Tudor: England’s First…Anna WhitelockGoodreads
149Mary Tudor: Princess, Basta…Anna WhitelockGoodreads
150Matilda: Wife of the Conque…Tracy BormanGoodreads
151Mirror MirrorGregory MaguireLit Reactor
152Monarch: The Life and Reign…Robert LaceyGoodreads
153Monarchs, Rulers, Dynasties and Kingdoms of the WorldR.F. TapsellMonarchy
154Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British Government, and the Postwar CommonwealthPhilip Murphy
Royal Historian
155Monarchy MattersPeter WhittleMonarchy
156My Darling BuffyGrania Forbes
Royal Central
157My Lady of Cleves: A Novel of Henry VIII and Anne of ClevesMargaret Campbell Barnes
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158Not in Front of the Corgis, Secrets of Life Behind the Royal CurtainsBrian HoeyMonarchy
159Oliver Cromwell: King in all but name: 1653-1658Roy SherwoodMonarchy
160On Power: The Natural History of Its GrowthBertrand de JouvenelMonarchy
161Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s WarLisa BrooksRoyalty
162Our QueenRobert Hardman
Royal Historian
163PAVANEKeith Roberts
English History
164
Philip and Elizabeth Portrait of a Marriage
Royal Central
165Premodern Rulership and Contemporary Political Power: The King’s Body Never Dies editedKarolina Mroziewicz and Aleksander SroczynskiRoyalty
166Prince Charles: The Man Who Will Be KingHoward HodgesonMonarchy
167Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, SonPenny JunorBookriot
168Prince William: The Man Who Will Be KingPenny JunorBookriot
169Queen ElizabethWilliam Shawcross
Royal Central
170Queen MaryJames Pope-HennessyFive Books
171Queen of Scots: The True Li…John GuyGoodreads
172Queen VictoriaElizabeth LongfordGoodreads
173Queen VictoriaLytton StracheyGoodreads
174Queen Victoria, From her Bi…Cecil Woodham-SmithGoodreads
175
Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting
Royal Historian
176Regency BuckGeorgette Heyer
Heroes and Heartbreakers
177Richard and John: Kings at WarFrank McLynnGoodreads
178Richard IJohn GillinghamGoodreads
179Richard the ThirdPaul Murray KendallGoodreads
180Royal Charles: Charles II a…Antonia FraserGoodreads
181Royal Events: Rituals, Innovations, MeaningsJennifer Laing and Warwick FrostRoyalty
182Royalty’s Strangest TalesGeoff TibballsRoyalty
183Shakespeare’s English Kings…Peter SaccioGoodreads
184Shakespeare’s Kings: The Gr…John Julius NorwichGoodreads
185Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British MonarchyPaul Thomas Murphy
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186Sovereign Ladies: The Six R…Maureen WallerGoodreads
187Sovereignty: An Inquiry into Political GoodBertrand de JouvenelMonarchy
188Step Aside for Royalty: Treasured Memories of the Royal HouseholdEileen ParkerRoyalty
189That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of WindsorAnne Sebba
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190The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the TudorsClaire Ridgway
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191The British MonarchsMichael AshleyMonarchy
192The Cambridge Companion to the Writings of Julius Caesar editedLuca Grillo and Christopher BRoyalty
193THE CANDLEMASS ROADGeorge MacDonald Fraser
English History
194The Cane Toad RepublicDavid FlintMonarchy
195The Canterbury PapersJudith Koll HealeyLit Reactor
196The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Kings & Queens of Britain: A Magnificent and Authoritative History of the Royalty of Britain – The Rulers, Their Consorts and Families, and the Pretenders to the ThroneCharles Phillips
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197The Conquering Family (The …Thomas B. CostainGoodreads
198The Crown: Truth & FictionHugo VickersRoyalty
199The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her PeopleAndrew MarrMonarchy
200The Emperor and the Peasant: Two Men at the Start of the Great War and the End of the Habsburg EmpireKenneth JandaRoyalty
201The End of the German Monarchy: The Decline and Fall of the HohenzollernsJohn Van der KisteRoyalty
202The English ConstitutionWalter BagehotMonarchy
203THE FIFTH QUEENFord Madox Ford
English History
204The First ElizabethCarolly EricksonGoodreads
205The Forever QueenHelen HollickLit Reactor
206The Great Survivors: How Monarchy made it into the Twenty-First CenturyPeter ConradiMonarchy
207The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy PrinceJane Ridley
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208The Hellenistic Court: Monarchic Power and Elite Society From Alexander to Cleopatra editedAndrew Erskine, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, and Shane WallaceRoyalty
209The History of the Kings of…Geoffrey of MonmouthGoodreads
210The King’s CursePhilippa Gregory
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211The King’s Daughter. A Novel of the First Tudor QueenSandra Worth
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212The Kingmaker’s DaughterPhilippa Gregory
Goodreads 2
213The Kings and Queens of England and ScotlandPlantagenet Somerset Fry
Goodreads 3
214The Last Days of Richard IIIJohn Ashdown-HillGoodreads
215The Last Medieval Queens: English Queenship 1445-1503J. L. Laynesmith
Medievalists
216The Last Plantagenets (The …Thomas B. CostainGoodreads
217The Last TudorPhilippa Gregory
Goodreads 2
218The Life of Henrietta Anne, Daughter of Charles IMelanie CleggRoyalty
219The Little PrincessesMarion Crawford
Royal Central
220The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York & TudorAmy LicenseRoyalty
221The MacedonianNicolas GuildRoyalty
222The Magnificent Century (Th…Thomas B. CostainGoodreads
223The Maligned Monarch: A lif…Alan LloydGoodreads
224The Memoirs of Princess Alice, Duchess of GloucesterPrincess AliceFive Books
225The Monarchy and the ConstitutionVernon BogdanorMonarchy
226The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Monarchy:John Cannon & Ralph A. GriffithsMonarchy
227The Perfect King: The Life …Ian MortimerGoodreads
228The Princes in the TowerAlison WeirGoodreads
229The Queen Mother
Royal Central
230The Queen: Elizabeth II and the MonarchyBen PimlottMonarchy
231The Queen: The Life and Times of Elizabeth IICatherine RyanRoyalty
232The Queen’s DwarfElla March Chase
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233The Real Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth IIAndrew MarrBookriot
234The Reign of King Stephen, …David CrouchGoodreads
235The Reluctant King: The Lif…Sarah BradfordGoodreads
236The Republic of Britain: 1760 to the PresentFrank ProchaskaMonarchy
237The Rise and Fall of the Ho…A.N. WilsonGoodreads
238The Royal Houses of Europe – Series of Genealogical BooksJacques Arnold DLMonarchy
239
THE ROYAL PALACES OF TUDOR ENGLAND
English History
240
The Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth
Royal Central
241The Sisters Who Would Be QueenLeanda de LisleGoodreads
242THE STEEL BONNETSGeorge MacDonald Fraser
English History
243The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of EnglandSusan Higginbotham
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244THE SUCCESSION: A NOVEL OF ELIZABETH AND JAMESGeorge Garrett
English History
245The Three Edwards (The Plan…Thomas B. CostainGoodreads
246The Three MusketeersAlexandre DumasLit Reactor
247The Troubadour’s Song: The …David BoyleGoodreads
248The TudorsNeville WilliamsGoodreads
249The Virgin’s LoverPhilippa Gregory
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250The Warrior QueensAntonia FraserGoodreads
251The White PrincessPhilippa Gregory
Goodreads 2
252The Winter PalaceEva Stachniak
Royal Historian
253The Women of the Cousins’ W…Philippa GregoryGoodreads
254The Work of the QueenDermot MorrahMonarchy
255The Year of Three KingsGiles St. AubynGoodreads
256The Young VictoriaAlison PlowdenBookriot
257THOMAS CRANMERDiarmaid MacCulloch
English History
258Three Maids for a CrownElla March Chase
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259Three Sisters, Three QueensPhilippa Gregory
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260TUDOR COSTUME AND FASHIONHerbert Norris
English History
261Tudor: The Family StoryLeanda de LisleGoodreads
262Tudors: The History of Engl…Peter AckroydGoodreads
263VictoriaDaisy Goodwin
Goodreads 3
264Victoria & AbdulLee HallRoyalty
265Victoria: A LifeA.N. Wilson
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266Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an EmpireJulia Baird
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267Victoria’s DaughtersJerrold M. PackardGoodreads
268VoyagerDiana Gabaldon
Heroes and Heartbreakers
269Warriors of God: Richard th…James Reston Jr.Goodreads
270When the Queen was CrownedBrian BarkerMonarchy
271William the ConquerorDavid C. DouglasGoodreads
272Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor EnglandThomas Penn
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273YOUNG BESSMargaret Irwin
English History


13 Best Monarchy Book Sources/Lists



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Bookriot GENRE KRYPTONITE: BOOKS ON THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY
English History Tudor England Bibliography
Five Books The best books on Royal Biographies
Goodreads Best Biographies of English Royalty
Goodreads 2 Popular British Monarchy Books
Goodreads 3 Popular British Royalty Books
Heroes and Heartbreakers All Hail the Queen: British Royalty in Fiction and Romance from Twain to Mulry, and in Between!
Lit Reactor The Top 10 Royal Historical Novels
Medievalists BOOKS: Great Reads about Medieval Queens!
Monarchy Reading List
Royal Central Royal Biographies – Which Are The Best?
Royal Historian Category Archives: The Best of Royal Historical Fiction
Royalty Books About Royalty