Royal Reads

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At the king's command

Susan Wiggs.

Romance, Historical Fiction

A Holt Medallion winner, this classic trilogy by "New York Times"-bestselling author Wiggs is back, portraying the intrigue and majesty of King Henry VIII's court. Originally published by HarperCollins as "Circle in the Water."


Innocent traitor : a novel of Lady Jane Grey

Alison Weir.

Historical Fiction

I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live. Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir's enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey-"the Nine Days' Queen"-a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly topple...


The uncommon reader

Alan Bennett.

Literary Fiction

From the author of The History Boys and The Clothes They Stood Up In A deliciously funny novella that celebrates the pleasure of reading. When the Queen in pursuit of her wandering corgis stumbles upon a mobile library she feels duty bound to borrow a book. Aided by Norman, a young man from the palace kitchen who frequents the library, Bennett describes the Queen's transformation as she discovers the liberating pleasures of the written word. With...


The Romanov bride

Robert Alexander.

Historical Fiction

The last book in the bestselling trilogy, "The Romanov Bride" chronicles the drama of a grand duchess and the peasant who determines her fate.


Nefertiti : a novel

Michelle Moran.

Historical Fiction

A National Bestseller! "Meticulously researched and richly detailed . . . an engrossing tribute to one of the most powerful and alluring women in history." - Boston Globe Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries. Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her stro...


Time and chance

Sharon Kay Penman.

Historical Fiction

The long-awaited sequel to Sharon Kay Penman's acclaimed novel When Christ and His Saints Slept , Time and Chance recounts the tempestuous marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II in a magnificent story of love, power, ambition-and betrayal. He was nineteen when they married, she eleven years his senior, newly divorced from the King of France. She was beautiful, headstrong, intelligent, and rich. It was said he was Fortune's favorite, but he...


The border lord and the lady

Bertrice Small.

Historical Fiction, Romance

From "New York Times"-bestselling author Small comes the fourth passionate romance in the Border Chronicles series.


The last queen : a novel

C.W. Gortner.

Historical Fiction

In this stunning novel, C. W. Gortner brings to life Juana of Castile, the third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain, who would become the last queen of Spanish blood to inherit her country's throne. Along the way, Gortner takes the reader from the somber majesty of Spain to the glittering and lethal courts of Flanders, France, and Tudor England. Born amid her parents' ruthless struggle to unify and strengthen their kingdom, Juana, ...