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Par Stephen Church, S. D Church. 2015
A detailed portrait of King John, often dubbed one of the "vilest" of England's kings. Particular focus is placed on…John's belief in an absolute monarchy and the rebellion that led to the signing of the Magna Carta, which obliged the king to rule within the law's framework. 2015
Par Pat Brown. 2013
Criminal profiler Brown recounts her 2011 journey to Egypt to investigate the death of the ancient ruler Cleopatra in 30…BCE. Posits that instead of the accepted tale of suicide by snakebite, the queen was murdered by Roman conqueror Octavian. 2013
Par Diane Gimpel. 2011
Explains monarchies, a form of government in which one person has ceremonial or actual power to rule--usually for a lifetime--because…of heredity. Profiles kings, queens, czars, and other sovereigns throughout history and discusses their customs, behaviors, international relations, and more. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2011
Par Clive Gifford. 2009
Brief biographies of legendary rulers ranging from Hatshepsut, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, Henry VIII, Charles V, and Suleiman the Magnificent…to Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Frederick the Great, and Catherine the Great. Features "Life Links" that point out connections between the monarchs. For grades 5-8. 2009
Par Antonia Fraser. 2006
Royal biographer, author of The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England (BR 15910), researches the life of French…king Louis XIV (1638-1715). Highlights the influence of his pious mother; his wife, first cousin Maria Teresa of Spain; and his mistresses, including the governess of his illegitimate children. 2006
Par Wendy Leigh. 2007
Biography of Hollywood star Grace Kelly (1929-1982), who married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Through numerous interviews with friends and associates,…the author reveals Kelly's series of love affairs, problems with her children, her husband's infidelities, and the demise of her acting career. 2007
Par Tina Brown. 2007
British writer and former editor of the New Yorker interviews colleagues and friends of the late Princess Diana (1961-1997) to…provide a personal profile of Her Royal Highness. Discusses Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, their divorce, and assertions of her manipulation of the press. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2007
Par Stephen Budiansky. 2005
Biography of the Puritan secretary of the Privy Council, who oversaw espionage for British monarch Elizabeth I. Describes ways Walsingham…perfected techniques to operate secretly against Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Catholic countries of France and Spain. Explains his use of code breaking and secret agents. Violence. 2005
Par James R Gaines. 2005
Describes the encounter between young Frederick the Great and the elderly kapellmeister Johann Sebastian Bach and examines Bach's masterful response…in "A Musical Offering" to the warrior-king's compositional challenge. Combines the history of music and of eighteenth-century culture with biographies of these two notable figures of the era. 2005
Par Antonia Fraser. 1998
Collection of short biographies of English monarchs by eight historians. Covers each ruler from William the Conqueror (1066) to Queen…Elizabeth II. Introduction by Antonia Fraser. Revised and updated edition of 1975 publication. 1998
Par Zoe Maeve. 2021
The Shining meets Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette in this gripping debut from an award-winning talent.The Gift opens on the snow-blanketed…grounds of the Alexander Palace in Western Russia where a moth has come to attend the birth of the fourth Romanov princess, Anastasia. She and her siblings grow up in a gilded world, isolated from the society beyond the palace walls despite their dominion over it. After mysteriously receiving a camera on her fifteenth birthday, she begins to document her world, but the gift carries with it a weight she can't yet see. A creature moves on the edge of her vision and stalks her dreams. As the revolution unfolds, the confines of Anastasia's world keep closing in. Something is following her, and it might not be human.
Par Jerrold Packard. 1981
A close look at the royal family, their lives, personalities, associates, and residences. Also explains various titles and ranks and…what they signify, how to address members of the nobility, and customs surrounding the royal family and the court
Par Robert Jobson. 2019
A revealing biography of Britain&’s future king by a New York Times–bestselling author the Wall Street Journal hails &“the Godfather…of royal reporting.&”With exclusive interviews and extensive research, King Charles delivers insight into the life of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, as he nears the throne at a watershed moment in modern history and in the British monarchy.Author Robert Jobson debunks the myths about the man who will be king, going beyond bogus media caricatures of Charles to tell his true story. Jobson—who has spent nearly thirty years chronicling the House of Windsor, and has met Prince Charles on countless occasions—received unprecedented cooperation from Clarence House, the Prince&’s office, in writing this biography.King Charles divulges the full range of the Prince&’s political beliefs: the United Kingdom&’s special relationship to the United States, climate change, Brexit, and immigration—to ultimately portray the kind of monarch Charles III will be. Jobson taps a number of sources close to the Prince who have never spoken on the record before, plus members of the Royal Household who have served the Prince during his decades of public life. This comprehensive profile also reveals the plans for Charles to serve as Prince Regent once the Queen turns ninety-five; how at her insistence he already reads all government briefings; and why he feels it is his constitutional duty to relay his thoughts to ministers in his controversial &“black spider memos.&” Moreover, King Charles reveals the truth about the Prince&’s relationship with his second wife and chief supporter, Camilla. The result is an intriguing portrait of a man on the cusp of kingship.
Par David Soud. 2014
From the House of Wessex to the House of Windsor, follow the pageant of personalities that have made Great Britain…what it is today.Fascinating biographies of the British monarchs from the time of Roman Brittania to present day answer your every question about the country’s aristocracy. Details of the kings’ and queens’ personalities are the focus, with a timeline across the bottom relating the major events of their reigns. Also included is a section devoted to royal edicts. All the Edwards, Richards, Henrys, and Williams are represented, along with outstanding personalities such as Lady Jane Grey and Oliver Cromwell—a king in all but name. This is essential reading for all Anglophiles, so brew a pot of tea and dig into the history!
Par Timothy Venning. 2021
Royal murder mysteries never fail to intrigue readers and TV viewers. Here are some of the most haunting and even…horrific episodes from the middle ages, based on latest historical research and historiography, and authentic and rare sources, including archaeology and DNA evidence, uncovering wonderful tales of pathos, tragedy, suffering and romance. This is history for specialists and general readers - and sceptics - given the intense media coverage, including TV, and interest in exciting and accessible popular history. The famous and also less well-known mysteries, which may be new to readers, surrounding British Royalty, are included from around the 11th to the 15th centuries. The murder mysteries show personal and individual tragedy but are also a vehicle for historical analysis. William II - William Rufus - was he murdered or killed accidentally by a 'stray arrow', allowing brother Henry to seize the throne, or was it God's punishment for William's irreligious living and persecution of the church? Or was Edward II murdered at the instigation of Queen Isabella - 'she-wolf of France' - and her lover, Roger Mortimer. who assumed the throne? Did he survive to live peaceably in Italy? Richard II resembled Edward II, as a rather inadequate figure, and was deposed by his rival, Henry IV. Did he die, and if so, was it murder or suicide? Was Edward IV a bigamist? Mystery, if not murder, but wrapped in dynastic rivalry and sex scandal, and usurpation of the throne. The 'Princes in the Tower' and who who killed them if anyone? A beguiling mystery for over 500 years with their usurping uncle Richard III's guilt contested by 'Ricardians'.
Par Sharon Bennett Connolly. 2021
A history of one of medieval England’s most powerful families, from its origins in Normandy to its demise during the…reign of Edward III.In the reign of Edward I, when asked Quo Warranto—by what warrant he held his lands—John de Warenne, the 6th earl of Surrey, is said to have drawn a rusty sword, claiming “My ancestors came with William the Bastard, and conquered their lands with the sword, and I will defend them with the sword against anyone wishing to seize them.”John’s ancestor, William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, fought for William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. He was rewarded with enough land to make him one of the richest men of all time. In his search for a royal bride, the 2nd earl kidnapped the wife of a fellow baron. The 3rd earl died on crusade, fighting for his royal cousin, Louis VII of France . . . For three centuries, the Warennes were at the heart of English politics at the highest level, until one unhappy marriage brought an end to the dynasty. The family moved in the highest circles, married into royalty and were not immune to scandal.Defenders of the Norman Crown tells the fascinating story of the Warenne dynasty, of the successes and failures of one of the most powerful families in England, from its origins in Normandy, through the Conquest, Magna Carta, the wars and marriages that led to its ultimate demise in the reign of Edward III.Praise for Defenders of the Norman Crown“In this book Sharon not only provides the reader with a deep insight into the whole Warenne dynasty, but also opens a window into a turbulent period of English history.” —Aspects of History“A riveting insight into the rise and fall of the most influential family you’d otherwise never have heard of. . . . 5/5.” —HistoriaMag“Sharon Bennett Connolly’s detailed, meticulous research brings together a wealth of sources to give the reader a fascinating view of one of the powerful families on which the Crown depended for centuries. Politics and power, Marriages and mistresses, Lordship and land, Defenders of the Norman Crown has it all. [Connolly] has written a very fine book indeed—I loved it.” —Elizabeth Chadwick, bestselling author of historical fiction“A vivid portrayal of a powerful aristocratic family. . . . A highly readable and well-illustrated survey.” —Michael Jones, author of The Black Prince
Par Rosalind K. Marshall. 2019
An &“enlightening and fascinating&” exploration of Scotland&’s royal women, from Lady Macbeth to Mary Queen of Scots and beyond (Booklist).…The lives of the Scottish queens, both those who ruled in their own right and the consorts, have largely been neglected in conventional history books. One of the earliest known Scottish queens was none other than the notorious Lady Macbeth. Was she really the wicked woman depicted in Shakespeare&’s famous play? Was St Margaret a demure and obedient wife? Why did Margaret Logie exercise such an influence over her husband, David II, and have we underestimated James VI&’s consort, Anne of Denmark, frequently written off as a stupid and willful woman? Rosalind K. Marshall delves into these questions and more in this entertaining, impeccably researched book. &“A broad, impressive historical work and solid introduction to Scottish history from an oft-ignored perspective: that of the queens who exercised power whenever and wherever they could find it.&” —Foreword Reviews Includes illustrations and genealogical tables
Par Jenny Wormald. 2017
The acclaimed Scottish historian offers a provocative reassessment of one of British royalty&’s most famous figures in this authoritative biography.…Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, has long been portrayed as one of history&’s romantically tragic figures. Devious, naive, beautiful and sexually voracious, often highly principled, she secured the Scottish throne and bolstered the position of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Her plotting, including probable involvement in the murder of her husband Lord Darnley, led to her flight from Scotland and imprisonment by her equally ambitious cousin and fellow queen, Elizabeth of England. Yet when Elizabeth ordered Mary&’s execution in 1587 it was an act of exasperated frustration rather than political wrath. Unlike previous biographies of Mary, this masterly study eschews her romantic persona in order to shine a light on her role as a renaissance monarch. A leading historian of the period, Jenny Wormald traces the roots of Mary&’s downfall to her way of dealing, or failing to deal, with the problems facing her as a ruler. She was tragic because she was born to supreme power yet wholly incapable of coping with its responsibilities.
Par Neil McGuigan. 2021
A study of the life and times of the great king known for his role in Macbeth&’s downfall, his marriage…to St. Margaret, and his dealings with the Normans. The legendary Scottish king Máel Coluim III, also known as &“Malcolm Canmore,&” is often held to epitomize Scotland&’s &“ancient Gaelic kings.&” But Máel Coluim and his dynasty were in fact newcomers, and their legitimacy and status were far from secure at the beginning of his rule. Máel Coluim&’s long reign from 1058 until 1093 coincided with the Norman Conquest of England, a revolutionary event that presented great opportunities and terrible dangers. Although his interventions in post-Conquest England eventually cost him his life, the book argues that they were crucial to his success as both king and dynasty-builder, creating internal stability and facilitating the takeover of Strathclyde and Lothian. As a result, Máel Coluim left to his successors a territory that stretched far to the south of the kingship&’s heartland north of the Forth, like the Scotland we know today. This book explores the wider political and cultural world in which Máel Coluim lived, guiding the reader through the pitfalls and possibilities offered by the sources that mediate access to that world. Our reliance on so few texts means that the eleventh century poses problems that historians of later eras can avoid. Nevertheless, Scotland in Máel Coluim&’s time generated unprecedented levels of attention abroad and more vernacular literary output than at any time prior to the Stewart era.
Par Tim Clarkson. 2019
This Dark Ages biography chronicles the life of one of the period&’s most famous women: the ruler of Mercia who…took England back from the Vikings. At the end of the 9th century, a large part of what is now England was controlled by the Vikings—warlike Scandinavians who had been attacking the British Isles for more than a hundred years. Alfred the Great, king of Wessex, was determined to regain the conquered lands. But when he died in 899 A.D., the task passed to his son Edward. In the early 900s, Edward led a great fight against the Viking armies, assisted by the English rulers of Mercia: Lord Æthelred and his wife Æthelflæd, who was also Edward&’s sister. After her husband&’s death, Æthelflæd ruled Mercia on her own, leading the army to war and working with her brother to achieve their father&’s aims. Known to history as the Lady of the Mercians, she earned a reputation as a capable general who was feared by her enemies. In this authoritative biography, Tim Clarkson tells her remarkable life story from childhood to her vital role in saving England from the Vikings.