Monday, May 19, 2014

Royalty throughout History

Why are royal families so captivating? The events in which these monarchs were entangled - the violence and love, cruelty and heroics - make for a good read. I like reading about royal history. I've read a lot of great non-fiction, but I also enjoy good royal historical novels. While the non-fiction offers undeniable facts and valuable information, the novels are juicier and thrilling.

These fascinating and informative books reveal the private lives of kings, queens, consorts, royal relatives, and their inner circle.

Tudor: Passion, Manipulation, Murder; the Story of England's Most Notorious Royal Family by Leanda De Lisle

“In an epic narrative sweeping from 1437 to the first decade of the seventeenth century, Tudor: the Family Story traces the rise and rule of the Tudor dynasty. Brutal political instability dominated England during this infamous time, and Leanda de Lisle reveals the personalities, passions, and obsessions of the men and women at its epicenter to rediscover the true significances of previously overlooked figures”.  Novelist.

The Deadly Sisterhood: a Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance,1427-1527 by Leonie Frieda

“This fast-paced, vivid book tells the story of the famous and infamous women of the late Italian Renaissance, tied together by political marriages and bloodlines, and reassesses the reputations of such celebrated figures as Isabella d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia”.- From Novelist.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Three Musketeers is a true classic. Duma follows a marvelous journey of Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan as they engage in service of King Louis XIV. It is a thrilling tale of intrigue and adventure, betrayal and romance, loyalties and true friendship.

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

“… From the young Sophie's journey to Russia at the invitation of Empress Elizabeth to her death after 34 years on the Russian throne, readers will be absorbed and in sympathy with Massie's Catherine. His engaging narrative informs and entertains, covering everything from Catherine's friendships, marriage to Peter III, love affairs, political and intellectual beliefs, and attempts to reform the country according to ideals of the Enlightenment.”  Library Journal.

Out of the Black Land by Kerry Greenwood

“Egypt during the 18th Dynasty is peaceful and prospers under the rule of the dual Pharaohs, Amenhotep III and IV. Greenwood takes readers deep into the heart of ancient Egypt, making them wonder—much like Ptah-hotep does—if they will come out the other side intact. While some may argue that this story leans more toward historical fiction than mystery, the intricacies of the court and those who serve it hold more than their share of intrigue and suspense”. – Library Journal.


  1. Massie's Catherine book is a very interesting to read. Should find and read these other books too. Glad I've found this post.

    1. I agree! "Cathrine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" is a great biography that reads like a novel.