Season four of The Crown is here! The Netflix series chronicles Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, from the 1940s to modern day. With this new season, Emma Corrin joins the cast as Princess Diana – one of the most iconic women in the royal family. If you too are entranced by British history surrounding this royal family, then these eight books will be the perfect additions to your shelf.
Katherine, daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, has been betrothed to Prince Arthur of England since childhood. Although arranged, the match becomes wildly passionate. But tragically, at the age of just fifteen, Arthur falls fatally ill. Before slipping away, he makes his bride promise to marry his brother Henry to fulfill their family’s dreams of ruling. Katherine must then convince both her family and the entirety of England that her marriage with Arthur was never consummated and she should be permitted to marry Henry. While enduring loneliness, despair, spies, and poverty, she awaits her time to step into the queenship role that she has prepared her whole life to take on.
In this story, the dazzling socialite Princess Margaret captivates everyone with her upscale fashion sense and posh ways. But this outrageous lifestyle deeply conflicts with her place as Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister. When Vera Strathmore comes into the picture, she entertains the princess with whatever she wants and thrusts herself into the center of Margaret’s complicated life. When things begin to get out of hand, and Vera wants the freedom to fulfill her own dreams, she is left with Margaret’s secrets and a duty to uphold.
This New York Times bestselling biography has become a literary classic. With Princess Diana’s intimate and raw involvement in the telling of her story, readers are given an inside look into her unhappy marriage, her relationship with the queen, and the British monarchy as a whole. With this groundbreaking biography, Princess Diana’s legacy lives on.
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria is back on her princess duties after getting stood up at her wedding. And she is so over it. So when she gets the chance to sneak out of the palace and meet a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she takes it. But just as Thea begins to think she could lead a normal life with her new Prince Charming for the night, she realizes that Nick has other intentions. He reveals that he is the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy.
For fans of The Princess Diaries and The Royal We comes a fun and daring novel about a modern-day princess who teams up with a spy to find out what happened to the fiancé who left her at the altar—and who just might get her own fairytale in the process.
Princess Theodora Isabella Victoria of Drieden of the Royal House Laurent is so over this princess thing.
After her fiancé jilted her on their wedding day, she’s finally back home after spending four months in exile—aka it’s back to press conferences, public appearances, and putting on a show for the Driedish nation as the perfect princess they expect her to be. But Thea’s sick of duty. After all, that’s what got her into this mess in the first place.
So when she sneaks out of the palace and meets a sexy Scot named Nick in a local bar, she relishes the chance to be a normal woman for a change. But just as she thinks she’s found her Prince Charming for the night, he reveals his intentions are less than honorable: he’s the brother of her former fiancé, a British spy, and he’s not above blackmail. As Thea reluctantly joins forces with Nick to find out what happened the day her fiancé disappeared, together they discover a secret that could destroy a centuries-old monarchy and change life as they know it.
Funny, fast-paced, and full of more twists and turns than the castle Thea lives in, The Royal Runaway is a fresh romantic comedy that will leave you cheering for the modern-day royal who chucks the rulebook aside to create her own happily-ever-after.
When American Bex Porter is admitted to Oxford University, she soon realizes she is living just down the hall from Prince Nicholas, the future king of Britain. Despite her resistance to love and fairy tales, Bex can’t help but fall for Nick. This love story propels her into a life completely unimaginable to her. Between ritzy dinners and fabulous vacations, Bex must also navigate pesky tabloids, beautiful ex-girlfriends, and royal family drama. As the relationship grows stronger, Bex grows more and more wary. Can she reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become?
This biography chronicles the romance between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana. In this irresistible story for any royal fan, readers are led through centuries of Britain’s rule-breaking royal marriages, as well as the love matches that were never permitted to make it to the altar. Anyone who knows and loves this public and adored couple will want to have this book in their collection.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is the infamous other woman who complicated the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. British author and journalist Penny Junor writes extensively about the royal family, and in this biography, she explores the life of one of the most controversial people in British royal history. For a deep dive into this royal relationship, be sure to pick up THE DUCHESS. From game-playing and lies to insight on an incredibly difficult life, this book is packed with drama.
To curb your historical thriller appetite, I suggest picking up a copy of THE EYES OF THE QUEEN, the first book in Oliver Clements series Agents of the Crown. It’s the Age of Enlightenment, and scientists and scholars alike believe that hope is in the air. But the darkness has not completely dissipated—anyone who dares to defy Spain’s Catholic orthodoxy will be hunted and butchered. There is only one nation that can combat Spain’s threats and terror: Britain, under the rule of young Queen Elizabeth I. The queen, coupled by a man who will become the original MI6 agent, must protect England and this new wave of enlightenment at all costs.
“[A] rollicking new historical thriller…taut, made-for-movie-theater tension and delicious, snickering-from-the-back-row wit.” —New York Times Book Review
In this first novel of the exhilarating Agents of the Crown series, a man who will become the original MI6 agent protects England and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I from Spain’s nefarious plan to crush the Age of the Enlightenment.
After centuries locked in an endless cycle of poverty, persecution, and barbarity, Europe has finally emerged into the Age of Enlightenment. Scientists, philosophers, scholars, and poets alike believe this to be a new era of reason and hope for all. But the forces of darkness haven’t completely dissipated, as Spain hunts and butchers any who dare to defy its ironclad Catholic orthodoxy.
Only one nation can fight the black shadow that threatens this new age, and that is Britain, now ruled by a brilliant young Queen Elizabeth I. But although she may be brave and headstrong, Elizabeth knows she cannot win this war simply by force of arms. After her armies have been slashed in half, her treasury is on its knees. Elizabeth needs a new kind of weapon forged to fight a new kind of war, in which stealth and secrecy, not bloodshed, are the means.
In this tense situation, Her Majesty’s Secret Service is born with the charismatic John Dee at its head. A scholar, a soldier, and an alchemist, Dee is loyal only to the truth and to his Queen. And for her, the woman he’s forbidden from loving, he is prepared to risk his life.
A visceral and heart-pumping historical thriller, The Eyes of the Queen is perfect for fans of Ken Follett and Dan Brown.
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