2021 Royal Reading List

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Do you love reading about royals as much as I do? If so, check out my 2021 royal reading list - all the research books I bought, borrowed, and re-read are listed here. I’m adding books as I read them, so check back to see if your picks made the list.

Just scroll down to get the info for each book, including my comments. Or use the table of contents below to jump straight to a book you’re already interested in.

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Last updated: January 19

2021 Royal Reading List

In alphabetical order

Go-Betweens for Hitler | I Live Again | The King in Love |

Go-Betweens for Hitler

Go-Betweens for Hitler by Karina Urbach

Author: Karina Urbach
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2015
Available at: Amazon

This book is a brief history of aristocratic go-betweens from the period just before World War I to the early years of World War II. There are a lot of fascinating tidbits here and Urbach clearly did a ton of research, but as an entire package, this book felt scattered and left me wanting more. But I give her tons of bonus points for using Michael Frayn’s play Noises Off as a comparison point for go-between work. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the play (or even the movie), make the time.

The King in Love

The King in Love by Theo Aronson

Subtitle: Edward VII’s Mistresses
Author: Theo Aronson
Publisher: Lume Books
Year: 2020
Available at: Amazon

I picked this up because its focus on Edward’s mistresses seemed interesting – and I knew next to nothing about the three ladies covered: Lillie Langtry, Daisy Warwick, and Alice Keppel. It doesn’t relate to anything I’m working on, but it was a fun romp through late Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

I Live Again

I Live Again by Princess Ileana of Romania

Author: Princess Ileana of Romania
Publisher: Rinehart & Co.
Year: 1951
Available at: Amazon

Ever since reading The Last Romantic by Hannah Pakula as a teenager, about Queen Marie of Romania, I’ve been interested in the Romanian royal family. This is the memoir of Queen Marie’s youngest daughter, Ileana. It doesn’t cover her entire life – just from 1934 to 1948. It’s a fascinating look at Austria and then Romania during World War II and the ensuing Communist takeover. When you read how hard Ileana worked as a nurse, you’ll be exhausted. She loved her country and its people so much – you can feel how hard it was for her to leave them when she was exiled. This book is a poignant reminder of how well off we are here, today, in America. It made me feel the same way I did after reading Missie Vassiltchikov’s Berlin Diaries – profoundly grateful that I have not lived through a war on my home turf.

What royal history books have you read in 2021? Send me a message to recommend your favorites!

Here’s to another great year of royal reading & research in 2021!


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