• The Reluctant King: The Life and Reign of George VI, 1895-1952

    Discusses the abdication crisis, his relationship with Churchill, his role in World War II, and the women in his life

    • ASIN: 0312043376

  • The Royal Secret: A Novel

    Note to readers: In the UK, this book is published under the title The Love Letter. In this suspenseful and heart-pounding novel from New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, an ambitious young journalist unravels a dangerous mystery that threatens to devastate the British monarchy. Keeping secrets is a dangerous game. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five, he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam, an up-and-coming reporter, is assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral, attended by glitzy celebrities of every background. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind—the contents of which many have been desperate to keep concealed for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that she’s close to uncovering something deadly serious—and the royal family may be implicated. Before long, someone is on her tracks, attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they’ll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does. Full of salacious scandal, shocking twi...

    • ASIN: B07M9LML5P

  • George Vi

    The definitive biography of George VI, the hero of The King's Speech George VI reigned through taxing times. Acceding to the throne upon his brother's abdication, he was immediately confronted with the turmoil in European politics leading up to the Second World War, then the War itself, followed by a period of austerity, social transformation and loss of Empire. George was unprepared for kingship, suffering from a stammer which could make public occasions very painful for him. Moreover he had grown up in the shadow of his brother, a man who had been idolized as no royal prince has been, before or since. However, as Sarah Bradford shows in this sympathetic biography, although George was not born to be king, he died a great one. 'A triumph ... Sarah Bradford looks set to inherit Lady Longford's mantle as royal biographer supreme' Mail on Sunday 'Lucid, convincing and admirably fair ... George VI has been fortunate in his biographer' Philip Ziegler 'Vivid, thorough and enjoyable' Independent Sarah Bradford is a historian and biographer. Her books include Cesare Borgia (1976), Disraeli (1982), winner of the New York Times Book of the Year, Princess Grace (1984), Sacherevell Sitwell (1993), Elizabeth: A Biography of Her Majesty the Queen (1996), America's Queen: The Life of Jacqueline...

    • ASIN: 0241956099

  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The tempestuous, bloody, and splendid reign of Henry VIII of England (1509-1547) is one of the most fascinating in all history, not least for his marriage to six extraordinary women. In this accessible work of brilliant scholarship, Alison Weir draws on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports to bring these women to life. Catherine of Aragon emerges as a staunch though misguided woman of principle; Anne Boleyn, an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance; Jane Seymour, a strong-minded matriarch in the making; Anne of Cleves, a good-natured and innocent woman naively unaware of the court intrigues that determined her fate; Catherine Howard, an empty-headed wanton; and Catherine Parr, a warm-blooded bluestocking who survived King Henry to marry a fourth time.

    • Brand: Grove Press
    • ASIN: 0802136834

  • The Queen Mother

    • ASIN: B002TOBI6K

  • The Illustrated London News Coronation Record Number. King George VI And Queen Elizabeth 1937

    Illustrated London News Coronation Record Number 1937 King George Vi and Queen Elizabeth

    • ASIN: B000YD9NX8

  • Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor

    The life of Princess May of Teck is one of the great Cinderella stories in history. From a family of impoverished nobility, she was chosen by Queen Victoria as the bride for her eldest grandson, the scandalous Duke of Clarence, heir to the throne, who died mysteriously before their marriage. Despite this setback, she became queen, mother of two kings, grandmother of the current queen, and a lasting symbol of the majesty of the British throne. Her pivotal role in the abdication of her eldest son, the Duke of Windsor, is just one of the events that provide the backdrop for both thrilling biography and for narrating the splendors and tragedies of the entire house of Windsor.

    • ASIN: B00S2C54ZY

  • George VI (Penguin Monarchs): The Dutiful King

    Written by Philip Ziegler, one of Britain's most celebrated biographers, George VI is part of the Penguin Monarchs series: short, fresh, expert accounts of England's rulers in a collectible formatIf Ethelred was notoriously 'Unready' and Alfred 'Great', King George VI should bear the title of 'George the Dutiful'. Throughout his life, George dedicated himself to the pursuit of what he thought he ought to be doing rather than what he wanted to do. Inarticulate and loathing any sort of public appearances, he accepted that it was his destiny to figure conspicuously in the public eye, gritted his teeth, battled his crippling stammer and got on with it. He was not born to be king, but he made an admirable one, and was the figurehead of the nation at the time of its greatest trial, the Second World War. This is a brilliant, touching and sometimes funny book about this reluctant public figure, and the private man.Philip Ziegler is the author of the authorised biographies of Mountbatten, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath. His other books include The Duchess of Dino, William IV, The Black Death and most recently Olivier. Initially a diplomat, he worked for many years in book publishing before becoming a full-time writer.


  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

    Traces the lives of the parents of Queen Elizabeth II, describes how they adjusted to the change from Duke and Duchess of York to King and Queen of England, and tells how the Queen Mother continues to serve her nation

    • Brand: Brand: Beaufort Books
    • ASIN: 0825303303

  • The Coronation of their majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, May 12th, 1937

    Physical description; (31 pages) : illustrations, genealogical table, plan, portrait. Subjects; George -- VI, -- King of Great Britain, -- 1895-1952 -- Coronation. Elizabeth, -- Queen, consort of George VI, King of Great Britain, -- 1900-2002 -- Coronation.

    • ASIN: B001NF9KN4

  • Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III

    In this sumptuous group portrait of the six daughters of “Mad” King George III, acclaimed biographer Flora Fraser takes us into the heart of the British royal family during the tumultuous period of the American and French revolutions.Drawing on their extraordinary private correspondence, Fraser gives voice to these handsome, accomplished, extremely well-educated women: Princess Royal, the eldest, constantly at odds with her mother; home-loving, family-minded Augusta; plump Elizabeth, a gifted amateur artist; Mary, the bland beauty of the family; Sophia, emotional and prone to take refuge in illness; and Amelia, “the most turbulent and tempestuous of all the Princesses.” Never before has the historical searchlight been turned with such sympathy and acuity on George III and his family.

    • Brand: Brand: Anchor
    • ASIN: 1400096693

  • George VI

    George VI was the man not born to be king. He nonetheless rescued the British monarchy in the aftermath of the abdication crisis and cemented its prestige with his well-judged performance during World War II and the Blitz. In this acclaimed biography, Denis Judd tells the story of Prince Bertie's transformation into King George VI including his struggle with a crippling shyness and sense of inadequacy, exacerbated by the stammer which was the focus of the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech. His marriage to the self-assured and supportive Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons and his unexpected accession to the throne in 1936 changed the direction of the young prince's life for good. Once on the throne, it was he who bore the weighty responsibility for restoring the nation's confidence in their monarchy following his elder brother's abdication, and for maintaining morale during the darkest days of World War II, when, together with Winston Churchill, his dignified presence functioned as a beacon of reassurance to civilians and military alike.Denis Judd provides a fascinating, if sometimes controversial, reassessment of the man who, quite unexpectedly, came to occupy an extraordinary position in a time of unprecedented change.

    • ASIN: 178076071X

  • Queen Elizabeth: The Queen Mother at Clarence House

    Clarence House is well known as the London home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother for the last four decades. But few people can know what a remarkable atmosphere she has created there and what an extraordinary, wide-ranging and personal collection she has formed.This book, which has been written with Her Majesty's full approval, is the first description of the house and of Queen Elizabeth's role as a collector.John Cornforth describes the history of the house and the earlier occupants followed by chapters of great interest on Queen Elizabeth's development as a collector and the influences on her collecting, with particular reference to the history of her own colourful family, the Bowes-Lyons, Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne.The book then takes the reader through the principal rooms of Clarence House, with a description of the pictures, furniture, porcelain and spectacular plate, highlighting their significance for the Queen Mother and the way in which the collection was formed. Among the collection are a distinguished group of late 19th and 20th century British and French pictures, Royal portraits, 18th century British furniture, Chelsea and Worcester porcelain. The photographs have been taken exclusively for this book.

    • Brand: Brand: Michael Joseph
    • ASIN: 0718141911

  • The King's War: The Friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue During World War II

    Following the New York Times bestselling The King's Speech, this eagerly anticipated sequel takes King George VI and his confidant and speech therapist Lionel Logue into the darkest days of World War II. The broadcast that George VI made to the British nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939―which formed the climax of the multi-Oscar-winning film The King's Speech―was the product of years of hard work with Lionel Logue, his iconoclastic, Australian-born speech therapist. Yet the relationship between the two men did not end there. Far from it: in the years that followed, Logue was to play an even more important role at the monarch's side.The King's War follows that relationship through the dangerous days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day to eventual victory in 1945―and beyond. Like the first book, it is written by Peter Conradi, a London Sunday Times journalist, and Mark Logue (Lionel's grandson), and again draws on exclusive material from the Logue Archive―the collection of diaries, letters, and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle. This gripping narrative provides a fascinating portrait of two men and their respective families―the Windsors and the Logues―as they together face the greatest challenge in Britain's history.

    • ASIN: 1643131923