Auckland Libraries: Queens rule

Queens rule

While there is a lot of fiction on our shelves, we also have a host of incredibly readable non-fiction to satisfy your interest in the royal families of the world. Here are some of Anne's top picks!

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Queen Victoria's mysterious daughter

Lucinda Hawksley

Book

This biography of Princess Louise reads like a novel and is about a woman ahead of her time. It also reveals a very different picture of the Queen to that in the recent TV series.

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Princess

Jean P. Sasson

Book

I can’t remember when I first read this autobiography of a Saudi Arabian princess, which lifted the lid on what goes on behind the veils of even the very rich and wealthy. There have been several follow-ups to this novel.

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High society

Donald Spoto

Large Print

In the 1950s, this was the fairy tale romance. The Hollywood actress and the European Prince. But what was the real story behind the headlines? Just like many of today’s tabloid stories, there is usually more than one version of the truth.

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Wu

Jonathan Clements

Book

I discovered this book when I was doing some research for a customer keen on learning more about powerful women. Wu Zetian was China’s only women emperor ruling in the 7th Century Tang dynasty.

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That woman

Anne Sebba

Book

There have been many books written about Wallis Simpson, but this award winner is one of the best, as one of the reviews said, the story 'never seems to get old'.

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Crowned in a far country

of Kent Michael

Book

Not only does this book cover many of the monarchies in Europe, but it was actually compiled by a Princess. And if you scroll down on the catalogue record, you can find other great recommendations.

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Anna and the King of Siam

Margaret Landon

Book

Some of us are of an age when we remember the musical The King and I. But this book delves into the real story of what is now Thailand.

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Empress of the east

Leslie P. Peirce

Book

A rags-to-riches story from the 16th century, which just goes to show that sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction for this contemporary of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici.

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The secret history of the Mongol queens

J. McIver. Weatherford

Book

'Behind every good man is a good woman' or so the proverb goes. There are certainly elements of this that are reflected in this book of the 'Queens of the Silk Road'.

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Te Puea

Michael King

Book

This list would not be complete without Aotearoa New Zealand’s own Princess of the Kingitanga movement, whose story is told in this award-winning biography.

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Book list by:

Anne Dickson

Anne

LibrarianMahurangi East Library

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