What are the best non-fiction books about kings and queens?

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    #1We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

    We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals

    When Victoria inherited the British throne, right when the empire was at its maximum level of power, everyone expected her to fail miserably. But everything changed when she married her cousin Albert, building a strong family that would rule them all.

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    Julia Robertson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "If you love to learn about royalty then this is a good book for you. All about the marriage between Queen Victoria and her cousin Albert. Goes into great detail including bedroom acts! Pretty interesting. "
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    #2The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir brings the six queens of Henry VIII to life, based on early biographies, letters, memoirs, account books, and diplomatic reports.
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    Roger Meyer
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Henry VIII era is one of the most brutal and bloody time in the history of England. Whether you are interested in historical books or not, you will love this book. The relationship between the king and his six wives will be an issue for the whole country. "
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    #3The Romanov Sisters

    The Romanov Sisters

    The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra is written by Helen Rappaport as an account on the lives of the Romanov sisters. This biography is published in 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

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    Nathan Rodriguez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Helen Rappaport does a wonderful job of research in The Romanov Sisters which is about the daughters of the one time ruler of Russia. Rappaport is able to deliver insights into the personalities of these women as well as their relationships with their parents. If you enjoy reading about European royalty then I highly recommend this well written book. "
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    #4Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey

    Marie Antoinette: The Journey is a biography book written by Antonia Fraser that aims to clear the air over the controversies regarding one of the most iconic royalties in history. It was written in November 2002.

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    Ryan Warren
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I have major problems with Marie Antoinette: The Journey, but that's not because of the subject matter, but the facts that are contained in the book. There are clear gaps in the history, and some of the data has already been revised. While this does make for a great book in any Marie Antoinette collection, I would not recommend reading on its own as you will be filling your head with some false information."
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    #5Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots
    Mary Queen of Scots is a book by Marie Antoinette that tells the story of a queen who have been betrayed by the people she trusted the most. She will be on a journey to claim what is supposed to be hers.
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    Elizabeth Peña
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is a pretty good short version of Mary the queen's history. There are many books and movies about her and this one appears to be quite thorough in my opinion, though a few details may be left out in this slightly shortened version. Antonia Fraser brings Mary's more human side to life . She was paranoid and there are lots of interesting characters and mysteries in her life. I would highly recommend this for those interested in her life. "
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    #6The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

    The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

    The Lady in the Tower is a book by Alison Weir that tells the story of how Queen Anne Boleyn fell from her throne. It is a story of her imprisonment and execution. This book will prove that even queens fail sometimes. 

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    Shirley Walker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn made me feel a roller coaster ride. It was well written and heartbreaking. I made me learned a lot. Even if I am not a fan of Alison Weir books. This captivates my heart and Im thinking of reading more of her works someday. "
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    #7She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

    She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

    She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth is a book by Helen Castor that explains us the history of the women that ruled the kingdom of England or that were the rulers of the realm before Queen Elizabeth became the Queen of England.

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    Silvia Vera
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book was very relevant to what I was searching for. It's topic is about the women leaders who ruled over England prior to Queen Elizabeth. It tells of the lives of other iconic women that are sometimes overshadowed by Queen Elizabeth's reign. Interesting and informative."
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    #8Nicholas and Alexandra

    Nicholas and Alexandra

    Nicholas and Alexandra: The Classic Account of the Fall of the Romanov Dynasty is a biography written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert K. Massie. This book is published in 2000 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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    Paul Schneider
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I have Russian roots so I'm kind of interested in the nation's history. Good account of the WWI era set around the king and queen. Solid read that taught me a lot."
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    #9Henry VIII: The King and His Court

    Henry VIII: The King and His Court

    Henry VIII is a book by Alison Weir that tells the story of Henry VIII. This book is the story of his life and how his intelligent brought him to be the King. The is a detailed book that will enlighten readers. 

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    Nancy Thomas
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is such an interesting read about Henry VIII. It is a ruler we already know so much about, but this will teach you more. "
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    #10Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words

    Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words

    Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words is a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, written by Andrew Morton. It gives valuable insight into the lives of Diana and other members of the British Royal family.

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    Samuel Howard
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A well-rounded look at one of the most well-known royals. The biography is well-written and ties Diana's life together well. A true look at her life using much of her own words. "
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    #11Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England is a non-fiction book written by the renowned writer of history books, Alison Weir. It chronicles the life of Queen Isabella, who ruled as the queen of England during the 14th century.

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    Ling Sun
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a well-written biography of Queen Isabella. Highly recommend reading."
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    #12The Wives of Henry VIII

    The Wives of Henry VIII

    The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser is a narrative that traces the cultural, familial and political roots of each of Henry VIII's queens. It brings to light the complex character of each of them.

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    Margaret Little
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A good history lesson! But also, more importantly a look into the old ages!"
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    #13Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

    Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

    Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life is a non-fiction book written by Alison Weir. It recounts the life of the queen of France, and later England, during the Middle Ages.

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    Kyle Gibson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life is poorly written book about the queen of France. I expected the author to go into detail about the daily life of the queen, about the problems she was facing, etc. Instead, the book focuses on some random things that most readers don't even care about."

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Best What are the best non-fiction books about kings and queens
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, RivalsBooks 45 Paid
2The Six Wives of Henry VIIIBooks 41 Paid
3The Romanov SistersBooks 39 Paid
4Marie Antoinette: The JourneyBooks 37 Paid
5Mary Queen of ScotsBooks 35 Paid
6The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynBooks 33 Paid
7She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before ElizabethBooks 32 Paid
8Nicholas and AlexandraBooks 27 Paid
9Henry VIII: The King and His CourtBooks 26 Paid
10Diana: Her True Story in Her Own WordsBooks 25 Paid
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