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  • The Queens and the Hiveby Edith Sitwell

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    No hive can tolerate two Queens. In the fatal clash between the Protestant Queen of England and the Catholic Queen of Scots, many were determined that 'The death of Mary is the life of Elizabeth'. In this moving chronicle a modern poet magnificently recaptures the splendid colour and sordid intrigue of the most spectacular period of history in Britain.... more...

  • Fanfare for Elizabethby Edith Sitwell

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    Sitwell's Fanfare for Elizabeth is a striking account of love, betrayal, and religion as it unfolds in the court of King Henry VIII. Sitwell navigates elegantly through the capricious nature both of Henry's court, and his love life. The youthful hardships of little Elizabeth are played out against the backdrop of the great drama of Henry's struggles... more...

  • Victoria of Englandby Edith Sitwell

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    The Victorian era has been one of the most influential in shaping modern British society, and Victoria herself is a powerful symbol of the age. This is a fascinating portrait of the queen, both before and during her reign, by one of the 20th century's most influential women writers. Making extensive use of Victoria's Letters and journal, Edith... more...

  • Blood Royalby John Pearson

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 5.99

    When Lady Diana Spencer married the Prince of Wales in 1981, very little attention was given to her feudal family. The once powerful Spencer dynasty was in disarray and seemed to have outlived its usefulness. In the years following Diana's death, however, the spotlight has turned and remained on the Spencers. Members of what appeared to be a dysfunctional... more...

  • Elizabeth's Bedfellowsby Anna Whitelock

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2013; US$ 10.99

    Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen's court lay Elizabeth's bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed. Elizabeth's private life was of public, political concern. Her bedfellows were witnesses to... more...

  • Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in Franceby Stephen Clarke

    Random House 2014; US$ 12.68

    The entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde. Despite fierce opposition from his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward VII was always passionately in love with France. He had affairs with the most famous Parisian actresses, courtesans and... more...

  • Mary Queen of Scotsby Antonia Fraser

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 20.00

    Author of Marie Antoinette She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head. Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her... more...

  • Shooting Victoriaby Paul T. Murphy

    Pegasus Books 2012; US$ 18.99

    From a hunchbacked dwarf to a paranoid poet-assassin, a history of Victorian England as seen through the numerous assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her reign   During Queen Victoria?s 64 years on the British throne, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Murphy follows each would-be assassin and the repercussions... more...

  • The King's Mistressby Claudia Gold

    Quercus 2012; US$ 17.99

    As the mistress and possible secret wife of George I, Ehrengard Melusine von der Schulenburg, was England's first Georgian queen in all but name. Her nickname amongst the English, who loathed her and found her scrawny, was 'the Maypole'. Others sources complained she was old: she was hideous; she had appalling dress sense and was bald; she was excessive... more...

  • The Life and Times of Richard IIIby Anthony Cheetham

    Head of Zeus 2015; US$ 13.49

    A fully up to date history of England's most infamous king, Richard III, the last of the Plantagenets. more...