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10 Royal Reads for Fans of “The Crown”

Kerry Fiallo is a New York native and copywriter at Simon & Schuster. A lifelong voracious reader, she has a particular fondness for ghost stories, history, and anything to do with Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Brontë sisters. The only thing she may love more than books is black tea, but they do often go well together. You can find her as she navigates through literature and history on Twitter @ReadingInNYC and on Tumblr.

With the success of Netflix’s The Crown and Masterpiece’s Victoria, it’s obvious that the complex, dazzling, and often-scandalous lives of royal women fascinate us. While those from the British royal family may be the most well known, there are and have been countless fascinating tales of royalty from around the world. Below are a collection of novels and biographies about some of the most compelling royal women of all time.


The Romanov Sisters
by Helen Rappaport

A captivating, thoughtful, and eye-opening look at the four tragic Russian grand duchesses, killed in their early teens and twenties in 1918. Though they’ve captured the public imagination, their intelligence, thoughtful personalities, and private lives had never been fully explored until Helen Rappaport’s revealing and informative bestselling biography.

The Romanov Sisters
Helen Rappaport

A captivating, thoughtful, and eye-opening look at the four tragic Russian grand duchesses, killed in their early teens and twenties in 1918. Though they’ve captured the public imagination, their intelligence, thoughtful personalities, and private lives had never been fully explored until Helen Rappaport’s revealing and informative bestselling biography.

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Equal of the Sun
by Anita Amirrezvani

Loosely based on the life of a historical Iranian princess, EQUAL OF THE SUN is a gorgeously wrought and evocative tale of power and destiny. When the shah dies suddenly, his daughter is more than qualified to take the throne, but resentment and secrets prevent her. Can she navigate the court in this passionate tale of a powerful woman?

Equal of the Sun
Anita Amirrezvani

Loosely based on the life of a historical Iranian princess, EQUAL OF THE SUN is a gorgeously wrought and evocative tale of power and destiny. When the shah dies suddenly, his daughter is more than qualified to take the throne, but resentment and secrets prevent her. Can she navigate the court in this passionate tale of a powerful woman?

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The Secret History
by Stephanie Thornton

One of the most intriguing women of late antiquity, Theodora is determined to survive any way she can. In this vivid and engrossing novel, she rises from actress to empress and saint, but her journey is troubled and complicated. You won’t be able to stop yourself from rooting for this colorful and intelligent protagonist.

The Secret History
Stephanie Thornton

One of the most intriguing women of late antiquity, Theodora is determined to survive any way she can. In this vivid and engrossing novel, she rises from actress to empress and saint, but her journey is troubled and complicated. You won’t be able to stop yourself from rooting for this colorful and intelligent protagonist.

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Empress Dowager Cixi
by Jung Chang

Powerful, deeply researched, and provocative, this biography explores the life and politics of the most powerful woman in 19th century China. From concubine to dowager empress, Cixi operated behind the scenes to usher China into the modern age, expand education, and advocate women’s rights.

Empress Dowager Cixi
Jung Chang

Powerful, deeply researched, and provocative, this biography explores the life and politics of the most powerful woman in 19th century China. From concubine to dowager empress, Cixi operated behind the scenes to usher China into the modern age, expand education, and advocate women’s rights.

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The Last Queen
by C. W. Gortner

Travel back 500 years to the beginning of modern Spain with this fascinating and moving novel that traces the rise and fall of Juana of Castile. Amid palace intrigue, power struggles among all the major European monarchies, and a stifling patriarchy, Juana is determined to save her country—but can she save herself in this stirring drama?

The Last Queen
C. W. Gortner

Travel back 500 years to the beginning of modern Spain with this fascinating and moving novel that traces the rise and fall of Juana of Castile. Amid palace intrigue, power struggles among all the major European monarchies, and a stifling patriarchy, Juana is determined to save her country—but can she save herself in this stirring drama?

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The Accidental Empress
by Allison Pataki
When a young duchess arrives at the Habsburg Court, she never expects the emperor to fall in love with her or to suddenly become the empress of a powerful imperial court. With glittering detail and a captivating cast of larger-than-life figures, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS explores the complex life of a beloved European royal.
The Accidental Empress
Allison Pataki

In 1853, Emperor Franz Joseph is Europe’s most powerful ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS tells the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi,” the woman who became Franz Joseph’s wife, and the Austro-Hungarian Empress, when she was just fifteen.

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Marie-Thérèse
by Susan Nagel
Often overshadowed by her famous mother, Marie-Thérèse’s remarkable and riveting life story is finally told with intense attention to detail and captivating research. Susan Nagel’s biography breathlessly explores her complicated and often tragic life, including the rumors that she switched identities with a childhood friend.
Marie-Thérèse
Susan Nagel

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The Commoner
by John Burnham Schwartz

Based on the life of Japan’s Empress Michiko, THE COMMONER explores the truth behind the fairy tale of a commoner marrying into the Japanese imperial family. A tale of love, duty, isolation, tragedy, and prejudice, this moving novel examines the awesome highs and incredible lows of modern royalty, especially for the women who marry into it.

The Commoner
John Burnham Schwartz

Based on the life of Japan’s Empress Michiko, THE COMMONER explores the truth behind the fairy tale of a commoner marrying into the Japanese imperial family. A tale of love, duty, isolation, tragedy, and prejudice, this moving novel examines the awesome highs and incredible lows of modern royalty, especially for the women who marry into it.

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The Lady Queen
by Nancy Goldstone

Discover the astonishing true story of one of the most powerful, influential, and accomplished female royals of all time: Joanna I. From being accused of murder to successfully arguing for her freedom to ruling one of Europe’s most important kingdoms for more than 30 years, Nancy Goldstone creates an enthralling and complex tale of medieval supremacy and intrigue.

The Lady Queen
Nancy Goldstone

Discover the astonishing true story of one of the most powerful, influential, and accomplished female royals of all time: Joanna I. From being accused of murder to successfully arguing for her freedom to ruling one of Europe’s most important kingdoms for more than 30 years, Nancy Goldstone creates an enthralling and complex tale of medieval supremacy and intrigue.

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Cleopatra's Daughter
by Michelle Moran

CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER is a fascinating and gripping novel featuring Selene and Alexander, the twin children often overlooked by their famous parents: Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Adrift without a true family or kingdom, Selene struggles to survive and return to her rightful throne in this fascinating and colorful work of vividly detailed historical fiction.

Cleopatra's Daughter
Michelle Moran

CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER is a fascinating and gripping novel featuring Selene and Alexander, the twin children often overlooked by their famous parents: Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Adrift without a true family or kingdom, Selene struggles to survive and return to her rightful throne in this fascinating and colorful work of vividly detailed historical fiction.

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By Kerry Fiallo | March 23, 2017

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