100 Best Non-fiction books about Royalty


Of Kings and Queens

A royal family is the family of a monarch (king or queen of a country). Or, it is someone who is related to a queen, king or a monarch. Examples of royal families are the British Royal Family, Dutch Royal Family and Thai Royal Family. Some countries have abolished royalty altogether, as in post-revolution France, the United States and Russia.

Types of Monarchy: Absolute, Composite, Constitutional, Diarchy, Dual, Elective, Emirate, Ethnarch, Federal, Hereditary, Legalist (Chinese), Non-sovereign, Popular, Regency, Tetrarch, Universal

Royal, noble and chivalric ranks: Emperor, King, Archduke, Grand Prince, Grand Duke, Prince, Infante, Duke, Sovereign Prince / Fürst, Marquess / Marquis, Margrave, Landgrave, Count palatine, Count, Earl, Viscount, Vidame, Baron, Baronet, Hereditary Knight, Knight, Esquire, Gentleman.

1. The Six Wives of Henry VIII Alison Weir (3,579)


2. The Children of Henry VIII Alison Weir (2,259)


3. Nicholas and Alexandra Robert K. Massie (2,128)


4. The Life of Elizabeth I Alison Weir (1,957)


5. The Princes in the Tower Alison Weir (1,894)


6. Marie Antoinette: The Journey Antonia Fraser (1,565)


7. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Alison Weir (1,363)


8. Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria Julia P. Gelardi (1,192)


9. Mary Queen of Scots Antonia Fraser (1,189)


10. The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn Alison Weir (1,049)


11. The Wives of Henry VIII Antonia Fraser (1,048)


12. Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII David Starkey (987)


13. Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England Alison Weir (971)


14. She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth Helen Castor (950)


15. The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England Dan Jones (872)


16. Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words Andrew Morton (869)


17. Becoming Queen Victoria Kate Williams (868)


18. Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie (867)


19. Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King Antonia Fraser (850)


20. We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals Gillian Gill (830)


21. The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra Helen Rappaport (771)


22. The Lost King of France: How DNA Solved the Mystery of the Murdered Son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette Deborah Cadbury (768)


23. A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors Michael Farquhar (758)


24. The Queen Mother: The Official Biography William Shawcross (742)


25. Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley Alison Weir (730)


26. Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia Jean Sasson (588)


27. A Royal Duty Paul Burrell (556)


28. Sex With Kings: 500 Years Of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, And Revenge Eleanor Herman (556)


29. Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens Jane Dunn (526)


30. I, the Sun Janet E. Morris (492)


31. A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British MonarchyHelen Rappaport (484)


32. Peter the Great: His Life and World Robert K. Massie (480)


33. The Assassination of the Archduke: Sarajevo 1914 and the Romance that Changed the World Greg King (478)


34. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France Leonie Frieda (474)


35. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne David Starkey (469)


36. Josephine: Napoleon’s Incomparable Empress Eleanor P. Delorme (450)


37. Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor Anne Edwards (428)


38. Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides Princess Michael of Kent (391)


39. Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier J. Randy Taraborrelli (383)


40. That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor Anne Sebba (383)


41. The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II Greg King(381)


42. Queen Victoria: A Personal History Christopher Hibbert (377)


43. The Romanovs, 1818–1959: Alexander II of Russia and His Family John Van der Kiste (374)


44. Anne Boleyn Norah Lofts (373)


45. The Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I, Genius of the Golden Age Christopher Hibbert (367)


46. Napoleon the Great Andrew Roberts (359)


47. Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen Joanna Denny (353)


48. Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII Giles Tremlett (348)


49. In Triumph’s Wake: Royal Mothers, Tragic Daughters, and the Price They Paid for Glory Julia P. Gelardi (329)


50. The Lonely Empress: Elizabeth of Austria Joan Haslip (304)


51. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution Caroline Weber (295)


52. A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France Katie Whitaker (291)


53. Kaiser Wilhem II: Germany’s Last Emperor John Van der Kiste (282)


54. Louis XI: The Universal Spider Paul Murray Kendall (279)


55. Queen Mary James Pope-Hennessy (277)


56. The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895–1952 Sarah Bradford (275)


57. The Sisters Who Would Be Queen Leanda de Lisle (273)


58. The Camera and the Tsars: The Romanov Family in Photographs Charlotte Zeepvat (272)


59. Katya and the Prince of Siam Eileen Hunter (271)


60. Anastasia: The Lost Princess James Blair Lovell (269)


61. Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery Eric Ives (269)


62. Henry VIII: The King and His Court Alison Weir (269)


63. Ivan the Terrible Pierre Stephen Robert Payne (266)


64. The Empress of Farewells: The Story of Charlotte, Empress of Mexico Prince Michael of Greece(262)


65. High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly Donald Spoto (256)


66. Michael and Natasha: The Life and Love of Michael II, the Last of the Romanov TsarsRosemary Crawford (253)


67. The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation Ian Mortimer (253)


68. George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I Miranda Carter (250)


69. The Last Empress: The Life and Times of Alexandra Feodorovna, Tsarina of Russia Greg King(249)


70. King Edward VIII Philip Ziegler (241)


71. Edward VI: The Lost King of England Chris Skidmore (239)


72. Bertie: A Life of Edward VII Jane Ridley (233)


73. My Memories Of Six Reigns Marie Louise (230)


74. Little Mother of Russia: A Biography of the Empress Marie Feodorovna (1847–1928) Coryne Hall (222)


75. Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen Anna Whitelock (222)


76. A Divided Kingdom: The Spanish Monarchy From Isabel To Juan Carlos John Van der Kiste (221)


77. Once a Grand Duchess: Xenia, Sister of Nicholas II John Van der Kiste (219)


78. Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace Avi Shlaim (215)


79. Michael of Romania Ivor Porter (208)


80. An Uncommon Woman — The Empress Frederick: Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm Hannah Pakula (206)


81. The Life and Times of the Shah Gholam Reza Afkhami (200)


82. Katherine Howard: A New History Conor Byrne (200)


83. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark Karin Palshoj (198)


84. My Story Sarah Ferguson (196)


85. Mademoiselle Boleyn Robin Maxwell (196)


86. The Persistence of the Old Regime: Europe to the Great War Arno J. Mayer (196)


87. Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera Michael Nelson (195)


88. The World of the Shining Prince: Court Life in Ancient Japan Ivan Morris (193)


89. Childhood at Court, 1819–1914 John Van der Kiste (191)


90. Four Queens: The Provençal Sisters Who Ruled Europe Nancy Goldstone (190)


91. The Last Tsar: The Life and Death of Nicholas II Edvard Radzinsky (190)


92. 5,000 Years of Royalty: Kings, Queens, Princes, Emperors & Tsars Thomas J. Craughwell (189)


93. Crowns in a Changing World John Van der Kiste (189)


94. Cleopatra: A Biography Michael Grant (188)


95. The Reluctant Empress Brigitte Hamann (188)


96. Life And Times Of Henry Viii Robert Lacey (188)


97. King, Kaiser, Tsar: Three Royal Cousins Who Led The World To War Catrine Clay (188)


98. Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Life in Power Christopher Clark (186)


99. The Private Life Of Henry VIII: A Biography Of His Six Queens Nancy Brysson Morrison (185)


100. Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr Linda Porter (185)


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Royal, noble and chivalric ranks:
1. Emperor
2. King
3. Archduke
4. Grand Prince Grand Duke
5. Prince / Infante
6. Duke
7. Sovereign Prince / Fürst
8. Marquess / Marquis / Margrave / Landgrave / Count palatine
9. Count / Earl
10. Viscount / Vidame
11. Baron
12. Baronet Hereditary Knight
13. Knight
14. Esquire
15. Gentleman