2022 Royal Reading List

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Do you love reading about royals as much as I do? If so, check out my 2022 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 16

2022 Royal Read­ing List

in alphabetical order

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna and her Palace in St. Petersburg | The Lost Tudor Princess | Storms over Luxembourg | Talleyrand

Read but not reviewed (fiction, out of my usual range of study, etc.)

Murder at Teal’s Pond

Maria Nikolayevna

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna and Her Palace in St. Petersburg by Zoia Belyakova

Full Title: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna and Her Palace in St. Petersburg
Author: Zoia Belyakova
Publisher: EGO Publishers
Year: 1994
Available at: Amazon (used)

I bought this book because I wanted to know more about the daughters of Nicholas I: Maria, Olga, and Adini. Maria was the most elusive - I'd already read Olga's memoir, and it provided a lot of information about Adini. Maria, however, was a few years older than Olga and that gap set her apart, enough to make getting to know her through Olga's memoir difficult. I was hoping this book could shed some more light on her.

The Lost Tudor Princess

The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir

Subtitle: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas
Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year: 2016
Available at: Amazon

As a fan of Alison Weir’s nonfiction, I had to grab this when I saw the Kindle version available for a couple bucks. As always, I learned a lot and greatly respect Weir as a writer and researcher. If you’re new to Weir’s back catalog, this would make a great prequel to her book on (spoiler alert) the murder of Darnley, Margaret’s son.

Storms Over Luxembourg

Storms Over Luxembourg by Fausto Gardini

Subtitle: The 1919 Crisis Genesis & Consequences
Author: Fausto Gardini
Publisher: Fausto Gardini
Year: 2009
Available at: Amazon

I picked up this book through Kindle Unlimited because it’s tangentially related to one of my research subjects, Grand Duchess Hilda of Baden. Turns out, this is less of a book and more a collection of research and essays. It had no new information for me about Hilda or her niece, Princess Antonia of Luxembourg, but it was interesting to read some of the information about soldiers of Luxembourg who fought with the Belgian and American armies in World War I. I also enjoyed his defense of Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde – of course she couldn’t have refused to see the Kaiser when he arrived in 1914. Sheesh.


Talleyrand by Robin Harris

Subtitle: Betrayer and Saviour of France
Author: Robin Harris
Publisher: Lume Books (eBook edition)
Year: 2018
Available at: Amazon

I picked up this book via Kindle Unlimited because I know next to nothing about Talleyrand. I wrote a Medium post about his long-term love, the Duchesse de Dino, but since that article was more about her, a lingering curiosity about him remained. All I knew was what I remembered from the 1988 TV miniseries Napoleon and Josephine, where he was played by Anthony Hopkins. So…will the real Talleyrand please stand up?

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

Here’s to another great year of royal reading & research in 2022!

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