Royal Reads

Do you like to read about the kings and queens that ruled the world in the past?  Try some of these novels about royalty to get a feel for life in another era.

The confessions of Catherine de Medici : a novel / C.W. Gortner

The confessions of Catherine de Medici : a novel / C.W. Gortner

Leaving her native Florence to marry Henry II of France, Catherine de Medici embarks on an unanticipated destiny of religious warfare, thwarted leadership, and psychologically charged royal machinations.

The enchantress of Florence : a novel / Salman Rushdie

The enchantress of Florence : a novel / Salman Rushdie

A traveler from Italy arrives at the court of Emperor Akbar, lord of the Mughal empire, and entertains him with a story about Akbar's great aunt, Qara Kz, the enchantress of Florence: a tale which suggests a larger, secret history interconnecting East and West.


Genghis

Genghis : birth of an empire / Conn Iggulden

Chronicles the rise to power of Genghis Khan, one of the world's most powerful and fearsome rulers, from his tragic beginnings, to the murder of his father, to his legendary exploits as a feared warrior who conquered much of the known world.

The white queen / Philippa Gregory

The white queen / Philippa Gregory

A tale inspired by the War of the Roses follows the conflict from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery.

The winter king : a novel of Arthur / Bernard Cornwell

The winter king : a novel of Arthur / Bernard Cornwell

In Dark Age Britain, a land from which Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared, a child-king sits unprotected on the throne, and it is up to Arthur, a courageous and honorable man, to preserve the lonely embers of civilization in a barbaric world.

Descriptions from publisher materials.

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