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Royal Biographies

Can't get enough of the royal family? We have compiled a list of our favorite royal biographies just for you.

Playlist Tags: Garden District Book Shop genre: Biography & Memoir topic: royal family topic: biography

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Empress Dowager Cixi

The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

By Jung Chang
Narrated by: Jolene Kim
Length: 16 hours 33 minutes

A New York Times Notable Book

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age.
At the age of sixteen, in a nationwide selection for royal consorts, Cixi was chosen as one of the emperor’s numerous concubines. When he died in 1861, their... Read more »

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The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

By Robert K. Massie
Narrated by: Geoffrey Howard
Length: 10 hours 47 minutes

“Riveting . . . unfolds like a detective story.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review 

In July 1991, nine skeletons were exhumed from a shallow mass grave near Ekaterinburg, Siberia, a few miles from the infamous cellar room where the last tsar and his family had been murdered seventy-three years before. But were these the bones of the Romanovs? And if... Read more »

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

By Robert K. Massie
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 23 hours 50 minutes

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

Born into... Read more »

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Elizabeth the Queen

The Life of a Modern Monarch

By Sally Bedell Smith
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 21 hours 25 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Perfect for fans of The Crown, this magisterial biography of Queen Elizabeth II is a close-up view of the woman we’ve known only from a distance—and a captivating window into the last great monarchy.

From the moment of her ascension to the throne in 1952 at the age of twenty-five, Queen Elizabeth II has been the object... Read more »

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Daughter of Empire

My Life As a Mountbatten

By Pamela Hicks
Narrated by: Corrie James
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

Few families can boast of not one but two saints among their ancestors, a great-aunt who was the last tsarina of Russia, a father who was Grace Kelly's pinup, and a grandmother who was not only a princess but could also argue the finer points of naval law. Pamela Mountbatten entered a remarkable family when she was born at the very end of the... Read more »

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Napoleon

A Life

By Andrew Roberts
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 32 hours 52 minutes

The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War

Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one... Read more »

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Catherine de Medici

Renaissance Queen of France

By Leonie Frieda
Narrated by: Sarah Le Fevre
Length: TBA

Poisoner, despot, necromancer—the dark legend of Catherine de Medici is centuries old. In this critically hailed biography, Leonie Frieda reclaims the story of this unjustly maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds— from a troubled childhood in Florence to her marriage to Henry, son of King... Read more »

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Mary Queen of Scots

By Antonia Fraser
Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
Length: 25 hours 2 minutes

She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head. Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her world with a foolish... Read more »

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Social Purpose Annual Report

Social Purpose Annual Report

As we look to the future as a Social Purpose Corporation, we’re committed to serving readers and independent bookstores. Read our 2020 Annual Report to see an overview of the year.

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Marie Antoinette

The Journey

By Antonia Fraser
Narrated by: Donada Peters
Length: 20 hours 29 minutes

The national bestseller from the acclaimed author of The Wives of Henry VIII.  France’s beleaguered queen, Marie Antoinette, wrongly accused of uttering the infamous “Let them eat cake,” was the subject of ridicule and curiosity even before her death; she has since been the object of debate and speculation and the fascination so often accorded... Read more »

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Lady in Waiting

My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown

By Anne Glenconner
Narrated by: Anne Glenconner
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

Discover untold secrets with this extraordinary memoir of drama and tragedy by Anne Glenconner—a close member of the royal circle and lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. 

Anne Glenconner has been at the center of the royal circle from childhood, when she met and befriended the future Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the Princess Margaret.... Read more »

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Queens of the Conquest

England's Medieval Queens: Book #4

By Alison Weir
Narrated by: Julia Franklin
Length: 17 hours 30 minutes

This epic book brings to vivid life five powerful Norman queens, from Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, to the Empress Matilda, mother to King Henry II, founder of the Plantagenet dynasty. The lives of England's medieval queens were packed with tragedy, betrayal, love, warfare, adultery and mystery-but their stories are... Read more »

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Matilda

Empress, Queen, Warrior

By Catherine Hanley
Narrated by: Jennifer M. Dixon
Length: 12 hours 57 minutes

A life of Matilda—empress, skilled military leader, and one of the greatest figures of the English Middle Ages Matilda was a daughter, wife, and mother. But she was also empress, heir to the English crown—the first woman ever to hold the position—and an able military general.

This new biography explores Matilda's achievements as military and... Read more »

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