Auckland Libraries: Crowning glory

Crowning glory

Here are some of Anne's favourite past and present Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses tales.

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Murder most royal

Jean Plaidy

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Jean Plaidy’s prolific historical fiction writing certainly taught me the order of the Kings and Queens of England (although the War of the Roses still drives me a little crazy).

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The virgin's lover

Philippa Gregory

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Another one of my favourite authors who has brought the fight for the crown of England to life is Philippa Gregory. This is one of her first 'royal' novels.

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The sunne in splendour

Sharon Kay. Penman

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Welcome to the world of the Plantagenets. This author also writes back to the 12th Century with a series following the war between Stephen and Eleanor of Aquitaine for the English throne.

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I was Anastasia

Ariel Lawhon

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I have long been fascinated by the possibility that one of the Romanov daughters survived the Russian Revolution. This novel has had some great reviews already.

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Mrs Queen takes the train

William M. Kuhn

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I adored this short quirky novel which tells the story of the day our Queen, Elizabeth II, decides she has had enough and leaves the palace incognito, boarding a train for Scotland. The resulting chase to prevent a national crisis is hilariously thou...

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The secret chord

Geraldine Brooks

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The story of King David from the Old Testament of the Bible is explored from obscurity to fame and into his later years. Geraldine Brooks is an award-winning author who does in-depth research to produce popular works of fiction.

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River god

Wilbur A. Smith

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I used to be a Wilbur Smith fan and after a friend of mine came back from a visit to Egypt singing its praises, I returned to his books to pick up this series on Egypt’s history including Gods, Pharaohs who thought they were gods and the people who had...

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The princess bride

William Goldman

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Not all royalty in novels are real. Here is my favourite Princess (and associated characters) of what has become virtually a cult movie. I can quite happily sit down to re-watch this (and often quote portions of it). Check it out in book form.

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Cinder

Marissa Meyer

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How about a re-imagining of the princes and princesses from our childhood. This book is #1 in the Lunar Chronicles, taking the story of Cinderella into the future. An innovative (and popular) mix of fairytale and sci-fi.

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The winter king

Bernard Cornwell

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As an Arthurian legend fan, I was always going to include something about King Arthur. Regardless of whether you think him a myth or a real figure, this series by Bernard Cornwell is both well researched and highly enjoyable reading.

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Anne Dickson

Anne

LibrarianMahurangi East Library

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