Wow! April is going to be a big month for royalty books, with something for almost everybody to enjoy. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the titles that will soon be appearing on royal watchers’ shelves:
Censoring Queen Victoria by Yvonne M. Ward. In 1901, two men were appointed to edit Queen Victoria’s correspondence. Their decisions — and distortions — influenced perceptions of Victoria for generations to come.
Alfred: Queen Victoria’s Second Son by John Van der Kiste. Biography. A patron of the arts and amateur violinist, Prince Alfred joined the Royal Navy and became Admiral of the Fleet.
Pets by Royal Appointment by Brian Hoey. Details and anecdotes about favorite British royal pets, past and present.
Defending the City of God by Sharan Newman. During the time of the Crusades, a group of sisters, daughters of the King of Jerusalem, held together treaties and marriages among factions.
Cross and Scepter by Sverre Bagge. The rise of the Scandinavian kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation.
Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War and Exile, 1900-1941 by John C. G. Röhl. Examines the Kaiser’s role in the origins of the First World War; the scandals of his reign; his abdication and exile. (This is the third volume of a series; the other books are Young Wilhelm and The Kaiser’s Personal Monarchy, 1888-1900.)
The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. Novel about a personal attendant of Athénaïs de Montespan, mistress to French king Louis XIV.
For the full list of new royalty books, visit the Royalty.nu Books page on or after April 1.
If I could only read one of the books listed above, I would pick Cross and Scepter because English-language books about Scandinavian royalty are rare. Which book would you choose?