The Queen Mother
The Official Biography
Hardcover ISBN: 1400043042
An authorized profile of Elizabeth the Queen Mother covers such topics as her service to convalescing World War I soldiers, her refusal to leave London during the Blitz, and her relationships with daughter Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.
Frederick the Great
Paperback ISBN: 1590176235
The Prussian king Frederick II (1712–1786) is perhaps best known for successfully defending his tiny country against the three great European powers of France, Austria, and Russia during the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763), a feat that allowed Great Britain to limit its engagement on the Continent and emerge as the world’s leading colonial power, as summed up in William Pitt’s famous claim that “America was won in Germany.
Paperback ISBN: 0544811917
Draws on new research to present the life of Elizabeth I as a ruler who saw herself as a Renaissance prince, and describes how she used Machiavellian statecraft to transform herself from a marginalized queen to England's first modern head of state.
Anne Boleyn in London
Hardcover ISBN: 1473843618
Romantic victim? Ruthless other woman? Innocent pawn? Religious reformer? Fool, flirt and adulteress? Politician? Witch? During her life, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ill-fated second queen, was internationally famous – or notorious; today, she still attracts passionate adherents and furious detractors. It was in London that most of the drama of Anne Boleyn’s life and death was played out – most famously, in the Tower of London, the scene of her coronation celebrations, of her trial and execution, and where her body lies buried. Londoners, like everyone else, clearly had strong feelings about her, and in her few years as a public figure Anne Boleyn was influential as a patron of the arts and of French taste, as the center of a religious and intellectual circle, and for her purchasing power, both directly and as a leader of fashion. It was primarily to London, beyond the immediate circle of the court, that her carefully 'spun' image as queen was directed during the public celebrations surrounding her coronation. In the centuries since Anne Boleyn’s death, her reputation has expanded to give her an almost mythical status in London, inspiring everything from pub names to music hall songs, and novels to merchandise including pin cushions with removable heads. And now there is a thriving online community surrounding her – there are over fifty Twitter accounts using some version of her name.This book looks at the evidence both for the effect London and its people had on the course of Anne Boleyn’s life and death, and the effects she had, and continues to have, on them.
The Royal Art of Poison
Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 1250140862
This history of the role that poison has played in centuries of royal courts discusses both the intentional poisoning of royals by their underlings as well as the unintentional health effects of the makeup and medications they commonly used.
The Forgotten Years
Hardcover ISBN: 0670786020
Based on new archival material, a biography of the ambitious Tudor queen focuses on her life at the height of her power, including revolts in Ireland, riots in the London streets of London and a conspiracy to overthrow her.
The Secret Wife of Louis XIV
Francoise D'Aubigne, Madame de Maintenon
Paperback ISBN: 0312430051
Françoise d’Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon and secret wife of the Sun King, Louis XIV, was born in a bleak French prison in 1635, her father a condemned traitor and murderer, her mother the warden’s seduced daughter. A timely pardon and a hopeful Caribbean colonial venture failed to mend the family’s fortunes, and Françoise was reduced to begging in the streets. Yet, armed with beauty, intellect, and shrewd judgment, she was to make her way to the center of power at Versailles, the most opulent and ambitious court in all Europe. At fifteen, she was married off to the forty-two-year-old satirical poet Paul Scarron, a former roué now grievously deformed by rheumatism—“a sort of human Z,” as he described himself. Despite his ailments, Scarron presided over the liveliest and most scandalous literary salon in Paris, and Françoise quickly became its most prized ornament. After Scarron’s death, she enjoyed a merry widowhood in the fashionable Marais district, in the company of the courtesan Ninon de Lenclos and the King’s splendid mistress, Athénaïs de Montespan, who made the young widow governess to her brood of illegitimate children. The appointment transformed Françoise’s life, but was fatal to the temperamental Athénaïs herself, with the King soon turning his attentions to the graceful governess. Françoise was raised to the nobility as Madame de Maintenon—and, unofficially, “Madame de Maintenant,” the lady of the moment. The acclaimed biographer Veronica Buckley traces the extraordinary story of Françoise’s progress from pauper child to salonnière to the compromised position of Louis’s secret wife and uncrowned Queen. An absolute ruler, Louis turned away his many other mistresses to live with Françoise only, trusting her as his closest confidante and remaining in love with her for forty years. Sparkling with the irresistible wit of contemporary chroniclers such as Madame de Sévigné, this exactingly researched biography is a pinnacle of the form. In vibrant colors, The Secret Wife of Louis XIV paints a portrait of Europe in an age of violent change, and the Sun King’s France in the process of becoming its modern self.
A Charmed Life
Growing Up in Macbeth's Castle
Paperback ISBN: 0312384963
The daughter of a titled Scottish father recounts the horrors of her childhood in spite of popular beliefs about her fairy-tale lifestyle, describing her father's struggles with alcoholism that resulted in numerous brushes with death and the loss of his family's legacy. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
A Treasury of Royal Scandals
The Shocking True Stories of History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors
Paperback ISBN: 0140280243
Profiles the lives and convoluted relations of notorious rulers including Catherine the Great, King George III, and Joanna the Mad.
The Children of Henry VIII
Paperback ISBN: 0345407865
Provides an in-depth look at the major political happenings that occured following the death of Henry VIII, delving into the roles of his heirs--Edward, "Bloody" Mary, and Elizabeth I--in regard to England and the monarchy as a whole. Reprint. NYT.