I’ve recently gotten into the show, The Crown, and I am hooked! It is such a well done show! So I thought I would do a sort of recommendation list, sort of like you see at Target (“If you like this book, we recommend these books”).
Is anyone else fascinated with the lives of royals? I can’t help it, I’m an Anglophile at heart, so of course when I heard about Netflix’s new show about Queen Elizabeth II, I of course had to watch it! Now, I’ve only watched two episodes, but I’m slowly making my way through them with my family and I have to say it is a very well done show. The acting is fantastic, and Matt Smith shows his bum a lot, so that’s a plus (=D).
So anyway, onto the recommendations:
Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir: “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 toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.”
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser: “France’s iconic queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was alternately revered and reviled during her lifetime. For centuries since, she has been the object of debate, speculation, and the fascination so often accorded illustrious figures in history. Married in mere girlhood, this essentially lighthearted child was thrust onto the royal stage and commanded by circumstance to play a significant role in European history. Antonia Fraser’s lavish and engaging portrait excites compassion and regard for all aspects of the queen, immersing the reader not only in the coming-of-age of a graceful woman, but in the culture of an unparalleled time and place.”
The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser: “Antonia Fraser’s Warrior Queens are those women who have both ruled and led in war. They include Catherine the Great, Elizabeth I, Isabella of Spain, the Rani of Jhansi, and the formidable Queen Jinga of Angola. With Boadicea as the definitive example, her female champions from other ages and civilisations make a fascinating and awesome assembly. Yet if Boadicea’s apocryphal chariot has ensured her place in history, what are the myths that surround the others? And how different are the democratically elected if less regal warrior queens of recent times: Indira Ghandi and Golda Meir? This remarkable book is much more than a biographical selection. It examines how Antonia Fraser’s heroines have held and wrested the reins of power from their (consistently male) adversaries”
Sex With Kings by Eleanor Herman: “Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman’s Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of Europe’s most powerful monarchs. Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this glittering tale of passion and politics chronicles five hundred years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them.”
Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor by Anne Edwards: “A detailed history of Princess May of Teck who married Duke of Clarence (House Of Windsor) who died before their marriage.”