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QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY  
William Shawcross's official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles, and most beloved British royal of the 20th century. Hardback.
  $15.00
 
HENRY VIII: REFORMER & TYRANT  
Henry VIII changed the course of English life more completely than any monarch since the Conquest. In the portraits of Holbein, Henry Tudor stands proud as one of the most powerful figures in renaissance Europe. But is the portrait just a bluff? In his new book Derek Wilson explores the myths behind the image of the Tudor Lion. He was the monarch that delivered the Reformation to England yet Luther called him 'A fool, a liar and a damnable rotten worm'. As a young man he gained a reputation as an intellectual and fair prince yet he ruled the nation like a tyrant. He treated his subjects as cruelly as he treated his wives. Based on a wealth of new material and a life time�s knowledge of the subject Derek Wilson exposes a new portrait of a much misunderstood king.
  $16.00
 
THE QUEEN'S 80 GLORIOUS YEARS  
Majesty has put together a very special tribute to the woman who famously declared on her 21st birthday that �My whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service�. Lavishly illustrated, 'The Queen�s 80 Glorious Years' examines many aspects of the monarch�s life: her early years, her marriage, her role as a mother and grandmother, her homes, and much more. This 132-page A4-size souvenir is a must-have for collectors of royal memorabilia. Softback.
  $9.50
 
QUEEN ELIZABETH II: PORTRAITS BY CECIL BEATON  
Photographer, costume designer, avid diarist � Cecil Beaton was also a 'romantic royalist' whose glittering photographs of Queen Elizabeth II became among the most widely published portraits of the twentieth century. This fascinating book explores Beaton's long relationship with the Queen and the royal family, and describes how his royal portraits shaped the monarchy's public image from the 1930s to the late 1960s. It is a celebration of Beaton, the enduring flair of his portraits, and the myriad sources of inspiration that resulted in photographs so powerful that they moulded the world's perception of a princess, monarch and mother. Hardback.
  $45.00
 
MY DARLING BUFFY: THE EARLY LIFE OF THE QUEEN MOTHER  
Grania Forbes provides a portrait of the Queen Mother from her earliest years until her marriage at the age of 22 to the Duke of York. It describes her as a strong-willed little girl, as a young woman in the 1920s, and how she fell in love with and married the future King George VI. Hardback.
  $16.00
 
ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN: THE WORLD OF ELIZABETH I  
Elizabeth I was one of England�s, and arguably the world�s, greatest monarchs. During a long and glorious reign she surrounded herself with the ablest, most energetic and fearless minds in the kingdom. This book paints a brilliant picture of Elizabeth�s time on the throne through the personalities and achievements of the great men of the age. Softback.
  $19.50
 
THE KING AND THE VICE QUEEN  
For a decade, as official mistress, George IV's last great love Elizabeth Conyngham's greed for jewels, her constant pressure on the King to promote her friends and family, and her determined political influence, caused conflict between the monarch, his ministers and the woman many dubbed his 'Vice Queen'. In the first full-length study of their relationship, Tom Ambrose charts the course of the scandalous affair from its early beginnings in the overheated salons of the Brighton Pavilion to the King's declining years at Windsor. Hardback.
  $19.50
 
THE GARDENS AND PARKS AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE  
Hampton Court Palace has the finest Baroque park and garden layout in Britain. Set within 2,000 acres of parkland and bounded on its south and east sides by the River Thames, the historic landscape possesses a rich overlay of garden improvements from the early 16th to the 21st centuries. This book explores the history of this landscape. Among the many themes it addresses are the role and impact of patrons, designers and estate workers; planting and horticultural techniques; statuary, fountains and other garden ornaments; and maintenance and conservation. The photographs by Vivian Russell that accompany the text constitute the most comprehensive topographical survey of the palace's gardens since the late 18th century. Hardback.
  $23.00
 
DEATH & THE VIRGIN QUEEN  
On the morning of 8 September 1560, at the isolated manor of Cunmor place, the body of a young woman was found at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. But this was no ordinary death. Amy Robsart was the wife of Elizabeth I�s great favorite, Robert Dudley, the man who many believed she would marry, were he free. Immediately people suspected foul play and Elizabeth�s own reputation was in danger of serious damage. Many felt she might even lose her throne. An inquest was begun, witnesses called, and ultimately a verdict of death by accident was reached. But the mystery refused to die and cast a long shadow over Elizabeth�s reign. Using recently discovered forensic evidence from the original investigation, Skidmore is able to put an end to centuries of speculation as to the true causes of Robsart�s death. This is the story of a treacherous period in Elizabeth�s life: a tale of love, death, and tragedy, exploring the dramatic early life of England�s Virgin Queen. Hardback.
  $14.00
 
KATHERINE THE QUEEN  
In this, the first full-scale biography of Katherine Parr, Linda Porter illuminates the life of the Queen history has largely forgotten � or at least misremembered. Twice widowed before her marriage to King Henry VIII, she was not as well versed in the ways of monarchs and her fervent political and religious views made waves in the treacherous waters of the Tudor court. The queen who 'survived' did so only by the skin of her teeth. And though the story of her life has been curiously neglected, she left an enduring impression on English history. Paperback.
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ROYAL: HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II  
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THE QUEEN'S CORONATION PITKIN GUIDE FACSIMILE EDITION  
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HENRY, PRINCE OF WALES AND ENGLAND'S LOST RENAISSANCE  
by Roy Strong. A complex, withdrawn yet assertive figure, the Prince, evoking the former glory of Elizabethan England, was the antithesis of his father, James I. With their markedly different personalities and their sharply opposed views on the religious and political issues of pre-Civil War England, father and son inevitably clashed continually. James, moreover, found himself outshone by an heir whose far-ranging interests embraced not only the arts but the Navy, equestrianism, garden design, festivals and the sciences. Softback.
  $14.00
 
THE DIAMOND QUEEN by Andrew Marr  
With the flair for narrative and the meticulous research that readers have come to expect, Andrew Marr turns his attention to the monarch � and to the monarchy, chronicling the Queen�s pivotal role at the centre of the state, which is largely hidden from the public gaze, and making a strong case for the institution itself. Arranged thematically rather than chronologically, Marr dissects the Queen�s political relationships, crucially those with her Prime Ministers; he examines her role as Head of the Commonwealth, and her deep commitment to that Commonwealth of nations; he looks at the drastic changes in the media since her accession in 1952 and how the monarchy � and the monarch � have had to change and adapt as a result. Indeed he argues that under her watchful eye, the monarchy has been thoroughly modernised and made as fit for purpose in the 21st century as it was when she came to the throne and a �new Elizabethan age� was ushered in. Hardback.
  $23.00
 
PILGRIM PRINCESS  
Princess Zinaida Volkonsky was a member of one of Russia's oldest families, became a maid of honour to the Dowager Empress and at court was soon noticed by Tsar Alexander I, whose mistress she became and with whom she maintained a deep and lifelong friendship. Married to one of the Tsar's aides-de-camp, she travelled across Europe during the German and French campaigns, when she met Goethe. In the 1820s as the hostess of one of the most influential literary and musical salons in Moscow, where Alexander Pushkin was a leading guest, Zinaida became the glamorous hostess who later inspired Tolstoy. Zinaida inherited a strong tendency to depression. A lifelong search for spiritual answers eventually brought her to the Roman Catholic Church and to a new life in Rome. Here, she at first created another salon, entertaining among many Stendhal, Rossini, Donizetti, Glinka and Sir Walter Scott. Softback.
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PRINCE OF PLEASURE  
by Saul David. At once farce, tragedy and melodrama, the story of George IV as Prince of Wales and Regent is depicted with style and great force using a cast of contemporary society figures. Hardback.
  $23.00
 
THE DAILY LIFE OF THE QUEEN, AN ARTIST'S DIARY  
Never before have outsiders been given permission to accompany the monarch throughout an entire year, recording every aspect of her life as Queen. Leading artist Michael Noakes and author Vivien Noakes were granted such access to record both the public and the hitherto unknown behind-the-scenes working life. Hardback.
  $39.00
 
ELIZABETH: A DIAMOND JUBILEE PORTRAIT  
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, a diamond jubilee that this book, written by former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond, commemorates. On 6 February 1952, Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, became Queen on the death of her father, King George VI; her reign would see major changes both in the country and Commonwealth, and in the role of the monarchy began far away from Britain in a game reserve in Kenya. "Elizabeth: A Diamond Jubilee Portrait" looks at this remarkable period in the history of Britain's monarchy in lavish and fascinating detail, featuring over 240 photographs. Constantly under scrutiny ever since she took the throne, this book presents a balanced and absorbing account of the Queen's life and of her role as head of state in a world that has changed almost beyond recognition in the 60 years since she inherited the throne. Hardback.
  $45.00
 
SUN KINGS: A HISTORY OF MAGNIFICENT KINGSHIP  
For thousands of years the style and authority of kingly rule shaped the world. From Solomon of Israel and Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, through Kublai Khan, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, to Catherine the Great of Russia and the Emperor Napoleon, the greatest rulers of history came to personify the grandeur of the empires over which they held sway. Expert not only in the wielding of power but also in its dazzling public display, they are the Sun Kings. Hardback.
  $15.00
 
THE TOWER MENAGERIE  
The strange 600-year history of the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London. From a polar bear who fished the Thames nightly for its dinner to elephants that drank only wine, the inhabitants of the southwest corner of the Tower of London were a strange and rowdy bunch. No less strange was the cast of characters that visited them: William Blake, Chaucer, and Samuel Pepys, to name a few. Daniel Hahn's fascinating history of the Tower of London menagerie tells the story of the thousands of exotic creatures who found a home in one of the world's most forbidding and infamous fortresses. Hardback.
  $9.00
 
KINGS & QUEENS OF BRITAIN  
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HIGH LIFE, LOW MORALS; THE DUEL THAT SHOOK STUART SOCIETY  
By Victor Stater. This book shows that truth remains stranger than fiction. A large cast of extraordinary characters acts out a historical drama with more twists and turns than a whodunit. Softback.
  $14.00
 
GREAT HARRY  
Carolly Erickson recreates the extravagant life and times of King Henry VIII, one of history's most complex and fascinating men. Hardback.
  $14.00
 
ENGLAND, ARISE: THE PEOPLE, THE KING & THE GREAT REVOLT OF 1381  
The dramatic and shocking events of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 are the backdrop to Juliet Barker's book: a snapshot of what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the middle ages. The same highly successful techniques she deployed in Agincourt and Conquest are this time brought to bear on civilian society, from the humblest serf forced to provide slave-labour for his master in the fields, to the prosperous country goodwife brewing, cooking and spinning her distaff and the ambitious burgess expanding his business and his mental horizons in the town. The book explores how and why such a diverse and unlikely group of ordinary men and women from every corner of England united in armed rebellion against church and state to demand a radical political agenda which, had it been implemented, would have fundamentally transformed English society and anticipated the French Revolution by four hundred years. The book not only provides an important reassessment of the revolt itself but also is an illuminating and original study of English medieval life at the time. Softback.
  $14.00
 
ELIZABETH: RENAISSANCE PRINCE  
A new portrait that casts the queen as she saw herself: not as an exceptional woman, but as an exceptional ruler. Queen Elizabeth I was all too happy to play on courtly conventions of gender when it suited her �weak and feeble woman�s body� to do so for political gain. But in Elizabeth, historian Lisa Hilton offers ample evidence why those famous words should not be taken at face value. With new research out of France, Italy, Russia, and Turkey, Hilton�s fresh interpretation is of a queen who saw herself primarily as a Renaissance prince and used Machiavellian statecraft to secure that position. This Elizabeth breaks new ground and depicts a queen who was much less constrained by her femininity than most treatments claim. For readers of David Starkey and Alison Weir, it will provide a new, complex perspective on Elizabeth�s emotional and sexual life. It�s a fascinating journey that shows how a marginalised newly crowned queen, whose European contemporaries considered her to be the illegitimate ruler of a pariah nation, ultimately adapted to become England�s first recognizably modern head of state. Hardback.
  $15.00
 
NEW WORLDS, LOST WORLDS  
By Susan Brigden. No period in British history today retains more resonance and mystery than the 16th century. The leading figures of the time have become almost mythical, and the terrors and grandeurs of Tudor Britain form an essential background of even the least historically minded readers. Hardback.
  $14.00
 
ROYAL SURVIVOR: THE LIFE OF CHARLES II  
An important biography of one of Britain's most glamorous kings. In a sweeping narrative that takes the reader from palaces and battlefields through exile, bitterness, triumph and deceit, acclaimed biographer Stephen Coote strips away the sentiment that has clouded Charles's 'merry monarch' image. Softback.
  $9.50
 
COUNTING ONE'S BLESSINGS: THE SELECTED LETTERS OF QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER  
One of the revelations of William Shawcross's official biography of the Queen Mother was her private correspondence. Indeed the Sunday Times described her letters as 'wonderful ... brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.' Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent from her earliest childhood and her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the person behind the public face. They reveal - in her own words - the little girl writing to her family; the young woman who, eventually, accepted Prince Albert's proposal; the Duchess of York, embracing the public role demanded of her, on royal tours both at home and abroad. They reveal, too, her shock when she and her husband realized that he would become King, the dreadful toll exacted by the Second World War, culminating in the King's tragically early death, and her determination to find a role for herself during her long widowhood. Full of wit, acute observation and a deeply held sense of duty, Queen Elizabeth's letters offer a chronicle not only of her long life, but of the 20th century. Hardback.
  $15.00
 
50 REMARKABLE YEARS  
The New Elizabethan Age and the wonderful people that have shaped Britain, as seen by Anthony Osmond-Evans to mark the Queen�s Golden Jubilee. Hardback.
  $9.00
 
EDWARD VII & THE ENTENTE CORDIALE  
Relationships between Britain and France have always been sensitive but at the end of Victoria's reign, when they were worse than ever. Three years after her death the situation was completely reversed. On 8 April 1904, the Entente Cordiale was signed between the two countries. The text of the tntente was the work of two Foreign Secretaries - the Marquess of Lansdowne and Theophile Delcasse. It was no easy task, but it could hardly ever have been contemplated if Edward VII, on becoming King, had not won over public opinion in France through a combination of his own charm and immense eminence of his position as sovereign of the most powerful nation on earth. In this book, Ian Dunlop reveals how the cultural and social links established by Edward's personal diplomacy, made possible the fateful move towards alliance by Britain and France. He plays the Entente Cordiale in a wide context. He reviews the earlier attempts made by the young Queen Victoria and follows the ups - and more importantly the downs - of our relations with France against the broad background of the European situation. Edward himself plays, of course, the leading role. He has often been underestimated, but Ian Dunlop - quoting extensively from those who knew him best and were closest to the events - stresses the more positive side. There are some interesting reflections also on the true role of the Constitutional Monarchy that are not without relevance today. Hardback.
  $15.00
 
INVITATION TO THE ROYAL WEDDING  
Celebrating the announcement of the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, this lavishly illustrated book tells the story of a modern royal romance. Beginning with their childhoods and showing how the two were brought up in two vastly different backgrounds, the book moves forward to explain how the young couple met at university and began a romance that William, aware of all the interest surrounding his mother�s entry to the royal family, was determined to keep away from the glare of publicity. Filled with anecdotes of the couple�s life together, 'Invitation to the Royal Wedding' follows their courtship up to the day of the engagement and looks at all the plans for this long-awaited royal wedding. Written by Ian Lloyd, the book enables readers to find out everything regarding how the wedding will be conducted, the venue of Westminster Abbey and what can be expected on the great day itself. Hardback, with padded cover.
  $23.00
 
THE GOLDEN JUBILEE 1952-2002  
A unique hardback record of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with photographs and a world events overview in a presentation box.
  $22.00
 
WILLIAM & CATHERINE: THEIR LIVES, THEIR WEDDING  
The marriage of Prince William to Catherine Middleton is one of the most significant royal events of recent times. As second in line to the throne, William carries the hopes and expectations of millions of people around the world. As a 'commoner' who will become a princess, Kate brings beauty and freshness to a very traditional union. "William & Catherine: Their Lives, Their Wedding" portrays the histories and characters of the couple as well as covering the wedding itself. Every fascinating detail is explored in this handsome record of a defining event. Andrew Morton is unquestionably the world's foremost commentator on the royal family, his book is both a chronicle and a lasting memento of a day to remember. Hardback
  $23.00
 
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