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Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power

 

Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power
By Rounding, Virginia
2007-02 - St. Martin's Press
9780312328870 Check our catalog

A great thumping triumph of a books ("London Telegraph"), this is the first comprehensive modern biography of Catherine the Great to explore her both as a woman and empress. …More

Cleopatra: A Life Cleopatra: A Life
By Schiff, Stacy
2010-11 - Little Brown and Company
9780316001922 Check our catalog

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. …More

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England

 

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France, Queen of England
By Turner, Ralph V.
2009-06 - Yale University Press
9780300119114 Check our catalog

Eleanor of Aquitaine's extraordinary life seems more likely to be found in the pages of fiction. Proud daughter of a distinguished French dynasty, she married the king of France, Louis VII, then the king of England, Henry II, and gave birth to two sons who rose to take the English throne--Richard the Lionheart and John. . …More

The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age

 

The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age
By Hibbert, Christopher
1992-06 - Da Capo Press
9780201608175 Check our catalog

Hibbert's masterful biography introduces a new generation of readers to perhaps the greatest monarch in history. A genius, beauty, manipulator, and leader, Elizabeth I has fascinated history buffs, anglophiles, and feminists for centuries. Black-and-white and color inserts. …More

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
By Smith, Sally Bedell
2012-01 - Random House
9781400067893 Check our catalog

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In this magisterial new biography, a "New York Times"-bestselling author brings to life one of the world's most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II. Compulsively readable and scrupulously researched, "Elizabeth the Queen" illuminates the lively personality, sense of humor, and canny intelligence with which she meets the most demanding work and family obligations. …More

Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III


Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III
By Fraser, Flora
2006-04 - Anchor Books
9781400096695 Check our catalog

From acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser, a brilliant group biography of the six daughters of "Mad" King George III. Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions and beyond, illuminating the complicated lives of these exceptional women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, "the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses." …More

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly


High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly
By Spoto, Donald
2009-11 - Harmony
9780307395610 Check our catalog

In Grace Kelly's brief but spectacular career, she made almost a dozen films in which she starred opposite Hollywood's leading men until she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Using an extensive series of interviews he conducted with the princess, bestselling biographer Spoto has produced an affectionate portrait, which, at her request, he waited 25 years after her death to publish. …More

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

 

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
By Weir, Alison
2005-10 - Ballantine Books
9780345453198 Check our catalog

The acclaimed historian and bestselling author of "Eleanor of Aquitaine" turns her expert eye on the dark reign of another notorious and charismatic medieval monarch, Queen Isabella of France. …More

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily

 

The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
By Goldstone, Nancy
2009-10 - Walker & Company
9780802716705 Check our catalog

"The Lady Queen" weaves the story of one of the most extraordinary (and unjustly overlooked) rulers of the Middle Ages. . . . Goldstone has produced [one of] the most compelling histories of the calamitous 14th-century'.--Ross King, author of "The Judgment of Paris." …More

Marie Antoinette: The Journey


Marie Antoinette: The Journey
By Fraser, Antonia
2006-09 - Anchor Books
9780307277749 Check our catalog

France's beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous "Let them eat cake," was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded tragic figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted, privileged, but otherwise unremarkable child was thrust into an unparalleled time and place, and was commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in history. …More

Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

 

Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne
By Hills, Ben
2007-01 - Jeremy P. Tarcher
9781585425686 Check our catalog

Stealing a fascinating look into the world of the Japanese royal family, this biography details how Masako Owada struggled with the daily pressures of life in Japan's royal court as the wife of Crown Prince Naruhito. …More

Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I
By Borman, Tracy Joanne
2012-04 - Bantam
9780553808148 Check our catalog

A British historian brings to life Queen Matilda's enormous accomplishments in consolidating early Norman rule. Alongside her warrior husband, William I, Matilda brought legitimacy, a deeper degree of education, diplomatic savvy and artistic and religious flowering to the shared Norman-English throne. …More

Alexandra

 

Alexandra
By Erickson, Carolly
2001-09 - St. Martin's Press
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Having tackled the likes of Josephine and Elizabeth, Erickson takes on Alexandra Romanov, wife of Nicholas and the last tsarina in the Soviet Union. Photos. …More

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
By Weir, Alison
1992-03 - Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
9780802114976 Check our catalog

The lives and fates of King Henry VIII's legendary six wives are laid bare in a vivid, in-depth account that is set against the colorful, tempestuous background of the Tudor era. …More

Queen Victoria: A Personal History

 

Queen Victoria: A Personal History
By Hibbert, Christopher
2001-11 - Da Capo Press
9780306810855 Check our catalog

An intimate biography of a larger-than-life persona-and a radical reassessment of a monarch we thought we knew. …More

Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile
By Fox, Julia
2012-01 - Ballantine Books
9780345516046 Check our catalog

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Historian Fox offers this first dual biography of the daughters of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella, whose family ties remained strong despite their separation. "Sister Queens" is a gripping tale of love, duty, and sacrifice--a remarkable reflection on the conflict between ambition and loyalty during an age when the greatest sin, it seems, was to have been born a woman. …More

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
By Weatherford, Jack
2010-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780307407153 Check our catalog

A magnificently researched history of the ruling women of the Mongol Empire, this work reveals their struggle to preserve a nation that shaped the world. …More

Maharanis: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament

 

Maharanis: The Extraordinary Tale of Four Indian Queens and Their Journey from Purdah to Parliament
By Moore, Lucy
2005-01 - Viking Books
9780670033683 Check our catalog

Tracing larger-than-life-characters, Moore creates a vivid picture of an emerging modern, democratic society in India and the tumultuous period of imperialism from which it arose in this study of four Indian queens and their journey from Purdah to Parliament. …More