Biography: royalty

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  • Aethelred II

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    Aethelred II

    A biography of Aethelred II

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  • Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I

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    Anne Boleyn & Elizabeth I

    One of the most extraordinary mother and daughter stories of all time – Anne Boleyn, the most famous of Henry VIII’s wives and her daughter Elizabeth, the ‘Virgin Queen’.

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  • Cleopatra’s daughter

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    Cleopatra’s daughter

    In 1895, archaeologists excavating a villa at Boscoreale, outside Pompeii, uncovered a spectacular hoard of high-quality Roman silverware. In the centre of one especially fine gilded dish was a bust of a female figure with thick curly hair, deep-set eyes, a slightly hooked nose and a strong jaw, sporting an elephant’s scalp headdress. Modern scholars believe it likely that she represents Cleopatra Selene, one of three children born to Cleopatra VII of Egypt and the Roman triumvir Mark Antony. Using the Boscoreale discovery as her starting-point, Jane Draycott recreates the life and times of a remarkable woman – the sole member of the Ptolemaic dynasty to survive following her parents’ defeat at the Battle of Actium. Unlike her siblings, who were either executed as threat to Rome’s new ruler, Augustus, or simply forgotten, Cleopatra Selene not only survived but prospered.

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  • George III

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    George III

    King of Britain for 60 years and the last king of the future United States, George III has traditionally had a bad press as the villain of Whig history and for America’s Founding Fathers a monarch of madness – and, more recently, a figure of fun and menace in the musical Hamilton. Black turns back to the archives and instead locates George within his age as a man of duty and piety, and a king who faced the loss of key colonies, rebellion in Ireland, insurrection in London, constitutional crisis in Britain and an existential threat from Revolutionary France as part of modern Britain’s longest period of war. George III rose to these challenges with fortitude and helped settle parliamentary monarchy as an effective governmental system, eventually becoming the most popular monarch for well over a century. He was also a talented and curious individual, committed to music, art and science.

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  • Heirs of ambition

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    Heirs of ambition

    This book explores how the Boleyn family were able to go from being Norfolk farmers to aristocracy at a time when it was unheard of for families to do so

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  • Henry VIII

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    Henry VIII

    Henry VIII’s reign transformed the physical and spiritual landscape of England. Magnificent, tyrannical, a strong ruler, a ‘pillager of the commonwealth’, this most notorious of kings remains a figure of extreme contradictions: a devout traditionalist who oversaw a cataclysmic rupture with the church in Rome; a talented, charismatic, imposing figure who nevertheless could not bear to meet people’s eyes when he talked to them. In this revealing new account, John Guy explores how Henry himself understood the world and his place in it – from his sheltered and increasingly isolated upbringing and the blazing glory of his accession; to his desperate quest for recognition, fame and an heir, and the terrifying paranoia of his last, agonising, 54-inch-waisted years – and in doing so casts new light on his choice of wives and ministers, his impact on the European stage, and his extraordinary legacy.

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  • Hunting the falcon

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    Hunting the falcon

    The story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is one of the most remarkable in history: a long courtship followed by a shotgun wedding and then a coronation, ending just short of three years later when a husband’s passion turned to such hatred that he simply wanted his wife gone. Missing from most accounts is how the turbulent nature of Anne and Henry’s relationship was tied almost completely to the major events of international politics at one of the great turning points of British and European history. Drawing on new archival documents, John Guy and Julia Fox unearth the truth of these two extraordinary lives and their tumultuous times.

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  • Hunting the falcon

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    Hunting the falcon

    The story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is one of the most remarkable in history: a long courtship followed by a shotgun wedding and then a coronation, ending just short of three years later when a husband’s passion turned to such hatred that he simply wanted his wife gone. Missing from most accounts is how the turbulent nature of Anne and Henry’s relationship was tied almost completely to the major events of international politics at one of the great turning points of British and European history. Drawing on new archival documents, John Guy and Julia Fox unearth the truth of these two extraordinary lives and their tumultuous times.

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  • Izabela the Valiant

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    Izabela the Valiant

    Trawling through a vast family archive and arcane sources in half a dozen languages, Adam Zamoyski has revealed the dramatic life of his great-great-great grandmother, an uneducated, vulnerable girl cast into a man’s world.

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  • Margaret of Anjou

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    Margaret of Anjou

    Margaret of Anjou ruled England but lost the Wars of the Roses and her reputation. She was reviled as a murderer and adulterer, This biography restores her rightful place as a powerful medieval queen.

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  • Matilda II

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    Matilda II

    Joanna Arman shines a new light on the life and legacy of a forgotten Queen.

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  • Messalina

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    Messalina

    This is the story of Messalina – third wife of Emperor Claudius and one of the most notorious women to have inhabited the Roman world. The image of the Empress Messalina as a sexually insatiable schemer, derived from the work of Roman historians such as Tacitus and Suetonius, has taken deep root in the Western imagination. The stories they told about her – of nightly visits to a brothel and a twenty-four-hour sex competition with a prostitute – have defined the empress’s legacy, but her real story is much more complex. In this book, Honor Cargill-Martin reappraises one of the most slandered female figures of ancient history, and finds a woman who succeeded in asserting herself in the overwhelmingly male world of imperial Roman politics.

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  • Power and glory

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    Power and glory

    ‘Power and Glory’ brings us to the dramatic conclusion of Larman’s ‘Windsors trilogy’. It begins with the fallout from the revelation of the Duke of Windsor’s wartime treachery, and ends with the Coronation of Elizabeth II on the 2nd of June 1953. In between, it depicts a monarchy – and a country – struggling to cope with the aftermath of World War Two, in an era where old certainties have been replaced by the rise of a new, uncertain world, and where love, tragedy and modernity battle for supremacy.

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  • Queen Victoria and her prime ministers

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    Queen Victoria and her prime ministers

    It is generally accepted that Queen Victoria reigned but did not rule. This couldn’t be more wrong.

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  • Queens of the age of chivalry

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    Queens of the age of chivalry

    Medieval queens were seen as mere dynastic trophies, yet many of the Plantagenet queens of the high middle ages dramatically broke away from the restrictions imposed on their sex. Using personal letters and wonderfully vivid sources, Alison Weir evokes the lives of five remarkable queens and brilliantly recreates this truly dramatic period of history.

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  • The history of England

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    The history of England

    Jane Austen, one of the nation’s most beloved authors, whose face adorns our currency, surely needs no introduction, but while many are familiar with her groundbreaking novels, few have come across her short burlesque work The History of England. Billed a history ‘from the reign of Henry IV to Charles I by a partial, prejudiced and ignorant historian’, ‘The History of England’ pokes fun at the overly verbose and grand histories of Austen’s day. Written when she was just 15, this is a comic tour de force that shows Austen’s wit developing into the satirical prowess she is remembered for.

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