Planning on staying up to watch the Royal Wedding this Friday?
Get in the spirit by reading one of the following books featuring members of the British royal family! A list of eight books follows, some are fiction and others are non-fiction. Brief descriptions follow the titles, and the slideshow has the cover images for all the books. Pick one and enjoy!
Books featuring today’s royal family:
William and Kate: A Royal Love Story ~ by Christopher Anderson
This is one of many books published on William and Kate since the announcement of their engagement last November. From the publisher:
“Jounalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Anderson reveals the intimate details of their celebrated courtship and offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the man and wife – and future king and queen – they will become“
Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II ~ by Robert Lacey
Although this book was published in 2003, there have been some updates to include the Golden Jubilee and the passing of the Queen Mum. A very highly rated book overall, this is one of the more popular books on Elizabeth II to date. From the publisher:
“Monarch is an engaging, critical, and celebratory account of Elizabeth’s half-century reign that no reader of popular history should be without“
What I Know Now: Simple Lessons Learned the Hard Way ~ by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
Published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster, this book suddenly drifts into the world of irony, given Sarah Ferguson’s recent round of troubles with the royal family. From the publisher:
“With the characteristic candor and down-to-earth charm that have won our admiration and our hearts, Sarah Ferguson The Duchess of York shares the hard-won lessons that have helped her work through challenges and lead a simpler, more fulfilling life“
Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words ~ by Andrew Morton
Although Diana perished almost fourteen years ago, it seems wrong to not include her in this list. This is undoubtedly one of the more well-known books, written (supposedly with Diana’s cooperation) by Andrew Morton. From the publisher:
“This revealing book is the closest we will ever come to her autobiography – a lasting and powerful testament to her courage and spirit“
Books featuring figures of the British royal family in history:
The Six Wives of Henry VIII ~ by Alison Weir
Ms. Weir is a veritable expert on the Tudor family, including Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and several of Henry’s wives. This is one of her more famous works. From the publisher:
“In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life“
The Other Bolyen Girl ~ by Philippa Gregory
This immensely popular book centering on the rivalry betwen Mary and Anne Boleyn was made into a movie in 2008. From Publishers Weekly:
“Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill. In the end, Anne’s famous, tragic end is offset by Mary’s happier fate, but the self-defeating folly of the quest for power lingers longest in the reader’s mind“
In the Shadow of Lady Jane ~ by Edward Charles
A story centering on the life of Lady Jane Grey, I reviewed this book last August. I will say again what I said before, this is a great book for any lover of historical fiction. The fact that it centers on a slightly less prominent figure in British royal history makes it a good choice for the purposes of this list.
The Autobiography of Henry VIII ~ by Margaret George
Masterfully written by Margaret George (whose latest, Elizabeth I: A Novel, published on April 5th), this breathes life into Henry VIII by chronicling his life from his own perspective. The only possible downside to this book is that it is 944 pages. It is well worth the effort in this writer’s opinion.
Be sure to find these and other great books on the British Royal Family at your local bookstores!
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